Baltimore Sun

How gambling has evolved in Maryland

As the General Assembly this week gets back together in Annapolis for a special session on gambling expansion, here's a look at the events that led them to this point.

Previous Years


November 2007 — General Assembly passes legislation to legalize slot machines gambling, authorizing up to 15,000 slot machines to be split between five locations.

November 2008 — Voters approve ballot measure to legalize slots.


September 2010 — Hollywood Casino, Maryland's first, opens in Perryville, in Cecil County.

January 2011 — Maryland's second casino opens at Ocean Downs Racetrack in Worcester County.


Feb. 3 — Bill to authorize a sixth casino at a location in Prince George's casino introduced in the Senate.

March 23 — Senate passes bill forPrince George's Countycasino.

April 9 — General Assembly adjourns without passing a balanced budget, which some delegates blamed on the Senate's push for a Prince George's casino.

April 26 — Evitts Resort LLC is awarded a slot machine operators license for a casino at Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort in Allegany County.

May 21 — Gov.Martin O'Malleyforms a work group to consider gaming expansion to study the issue and see if consensus on a proposal can be reached


June 6 — Maryland Live Casino opens at Arundel Mills mall in Anne Arundel County

June 15 — MGM Resorts International, the world's largest casino operator, announces its interest in funding the high-end casino proposed at National Harbor in Prince George's County.

June 20 — The gaming work group holds its third and final public meeting, announcing it failed to reach a unanimous agreement. The panel voted 8-3 to recommend the state move forward with a proposal for table games and a casino in Prince George's County.

June 21 — O'Malley announces he will continue talks to resolve issues standing in the way of a special session.

July 27 — O'Malley announces he will call a special session.

July 31 — Caesars Entertainment is awarded the slot machine operators license for a casino in Baltimore City.


Aug. 6 — News breaks that Hollywood Casino operator Penn National Gaming wants to return between 400 and 500 of its 1,500 slot machines to the state because of declining revenue at the Perryville facility.

Aug. 9 — Start of special session.