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No violations found in liquor board's first inspection of Horseshoe Casino

Liquor board says no violations found at casino.

Five months after Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino opened, city liquor board inspectors conducted their first unannounced inspection of the facility Monday night — and found no violations.

Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, executive of the liquor board, said the casino was inspected in response to 311 calls and as part of the board's "overall duties."

"I understand there were not any issues found," she said.

The Sun reported recently that the board had not been inspecting some large institutions routinely — including the stadiums for the Orioles and Ravens and the casino — while smaller bars and restaurants were subject to more regular inspections. Liquor board officials said at the time they were pledging more consistent treatment of establishments that sell alcoholic beverages after acknowledging that some large venues have not been subject to the unannounced inspections that smaller bars and restaurants routinely undergo.

In a statement, casino officials said Monday's inspection results show they are running a good operation.

"In our industry, the daily — and nightly — oversight of regulators is a normal part of doing business," said Horseshoe Baltimore Vice President of Marketing Noah Hirsch. "We're very comfortable having our work inspected on an ongoing basis, and we provide all of our team members with extensive training to help ensure they consistently meet the high standards set forth by city and state officials."

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