Horseshoe Casino gets approval for operating license

Following two days of controlled demonstrations, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore won state regulators' approval Monday as to open as scheduled Tuesday night.

The $442 million development near M&T Bank Stadium becomes Maryland's fifth casino to receive an operating license. MGM Resorts expects to open the sixth at National Harbor in Prince George's County in two years

The Horseshoe's license was signed by Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency Director Stephen Martino. Thousands of customers, including local politicians and celebrities, are expected at Tuesday night's opening.

"The opening of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has created more than 1,700 new jobs, and the majority of them have gone to Marylanders," Martino said in a prepared statement.

The Caesars-operated casino staged two practice runs last Monday and Thursday to test its 2,500 slot machines and 122 table games.

The events benefitted the Living Classrooms Foundation and the Maryland chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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