Horseshoe casino announces Aug. 26 opening

The sign is up on the new two-story building on Russell Street and the opening date is set for the evening of Aug. 26 at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which will be Maryland's fifth gambling center, general manager Chad Barnhill announced Thursday.

"It's exciting, it's coming up quickly," Barnhill told members of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. "A lot to do in a short period of time, but it's an exciting time as well."

In the next two months, crews will have to finish installing 2,500 slot machines, more than 100 table games plus 25 tables for the World Series of Poker room, as well as an array of restaurants including a Johnny Sanchez taco restaurant, Asian noodle bar and Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen & Bar.

The $442 million project — being developed by a group led by Caesar's Entertainment, based in Las Vegas — is expected to compete for customers with Maryland Live, located about 13 miles south along the I-295 corridor in Arundel Mills.

Also at the meeting, Joseph Cavilla, general manager of the Casino at Ocean Downs, told the commission that the casino is in the process of expanding to add table games, the last casino in Maryland to do so. He said the 35,000 square addition would include 10 to 12 table games, but offered no other details and declined to comment further after the meeting. The Eastern Shore casino now offers 800 slot machines.

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