Just as was the case 25 years ago, when the Maryland General Assembly session drew to a close this week, no legal gambling options were open to fraternal organizations in Harford County. Now, as it has been for more than a quarter of a century, this is an unfortunate problem for local community organizations that have the potential to benefit from local gambling in local fraternal houses.
After months of setting revenue records, Maryland casinos generated $84.9 million in January, marking the second month in a row the figure declined from the previous month, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Thursday.
A decision on whether Maryland Live Casino and Horseshoe Baltimore Casino can eliminate some slot machines and add more table games has been postponed until lawmakers can review the potential impact on state revenues.
Ravens fans in their purple team jerseys mingled, drank beer, played cornhole, listened to music and gazed at a large, outdoor TV. But there was something different about this tailgate scene. It was held not in a parking lot, but in an outdoor plaza of the new Horseshoe casino, which — like other Caesars properties in Cleveland, New Orleans and Cincinnati — is near enough to an NFL stadium for the casino to wage an aggressive marketing campaign seeking to become part of fans'
Maryland's center on problem gambling is mounting a public information campaign in connection with the opening of the Horseshoe casino, trying to get the word out on the signs of problem gambling and how to get help.
Baltimore's long and at times fraught efforts to bring gambling to the city finally succeed with the Horseshoe Casino opening on Tuesday. Observers will watch how it does in an increasingly saturated casino marketplace.
Members of the news media got a first peek Friday inside the vast, $442 million Horseshoe Casino featuring more than 100 table games and 2,500 slot machines, including machines on outside terraces to accommodate smokers.
An incident on July 21 at Maryland Live casino is the first reported case of a vulnerable adult left unattended in a car outside a Maryland casino since the first one opened in Cecil County nearly four years ago. Children left unattended in casino parking lots has been more common around the country and in Maryland, where charges have been brought against two people in the most serious incidents.
The owners of Maryland Live casino – the largest in Maryland and one of the top revenue casinos on the East Coast – formally applied on Monday along with Penn National Gaming, Inc. for a license to develop a $750 million hotel and casino in the Hudson Valley region about 60 miles north of Manhattan.
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, general manager Chad Barnhill announced Thursday.
The 2,500 slot machines being installed at Horseshoe incorporate the latest technology and pop-culture themes, ranging from "The Walking Dead" to the retro 1960s-era "Batman" television show. Unlike yesterday's one-armed bandits, today's machines are more akin to video games and some even mimic arcade rides, rocking your chair like a mechanical bull.
Since legalized gambling began in Maryland, tens of billions of dollars have been wagered in the state's casinos — spinning off funds for schools, the horse racing industry and local programs that have financed everything from paving and police to iPads and small business loans.
The Hollywood Casino in Perryville, which caters to a clientele from the Philadelphia-Baltimore corridor, grossed more than $5.5 million in November. But, total revenue was down in November for the past two years since Maryland's first casino opened its doors in 2010.
By the end of 2016, MGM Resorts International plans to have built a nearly $1 billion facility at National Harbor in Prince George's County — high on a bluff above the Potomac River — that analysts say will transform the Maryland gambling market, potentially raising the state's profile as a destination for high rollers from around the world.
With one week left before they make their decision, members of a state casino site selection commission went over final details on Thursday of three competing proposals for a casino in Prince George's County.
Ten million people passed through the doors of the Maryland Live casino over the past year, seeking fortune — or at least entertainment — at slot machines and poker tables. But some ended up leaving without their cellphones or wallets, becoming victims of petty crime at the state's largest casino.
The new poker room at Maryland Live, one of the East Coast's largest, is allowing more local poker pros to find high-stakes games close to home, contributing to the development of a strong poker scene in the state.
Impact fees totaling $20 million from the Maryland Live! casino in Hanover will pay for fire and police services, school renovations and a community health center in Anne Arundel County, officials announced this week.
Penn National Gaming Inc. took another step Thursday toward being able to bid for a casino license in Prince George's County after Maryland gaming officials approved a corporate restructuring for the owner of Hollywood Casino Perryville.
Maryland Live casino's August revenue spiked 64 percent compared with a year earlier, a nearly $21 million increase in a month that saw the debut of the gaming facility's 52-table poker room, the state said Thursday.
Officials at Maryland Live Casino swung sledge hammers Thursday to remove a wall separating the casino floor from its eagerly awaited poker room, which is under construction and scheduled to open in August.
Maryland casinos' revenue rose to nearly $69.2 million in May, the first full month of table games at Maryland Live Casino as well as the initial days of the state's newest casino in Allegany County, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Wednesday.
The course is "Introduction to Casino Gambling," but upon entering the classroom one might be tempted to place a bet at the makeshift roulette wheel, the craps table or any of the other table game layouts.