The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor, Maryland's sixth and most expensive casino, opened Thursday with Las Vegas-style flair and the company chairman's prediction that residents of Baltimore – some 45 miles away – "are going to come and check us out."
Open gambling tables and slot machines were easy to find this week at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, now that the standing-room crowds once common to high tourist season at the world's most famous boardwalk have found other spots to visit and place their bets.
The Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner Contracting Company has been chosen as general contractor to build Maryland's sixth casino at National Harbor, a nearly $1 billion project on the Potomac River expected to get under way in weeks and be completed in about two years
Though MGM Resorts International just won the state's Prince George's County casino license last month, the company has had a point man on the ground in Maryland for more than a year.: Lorenzo Creighton.
MGM Resorts International has been selected by a state commission to build an $925 million casino resort in Prince George's County. The panel voted 5-2 in favor of awarding a license to MGM, which proposed a massive casino beside Interstate 95 at National Harbor.
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.
By the end of December, the location of the state's newest casino will be determined in Prince George's County, and one of three companies will begin spending hundreds of millions of dollars to build it.
With the deadline just hours away, two more bidders emerged Friday — one a surprise — to compete against MGM Resorts International for the right to build a casino in Prince George's County, which stands to reap millions from the project.
The campaign that won last month's referendum on expanded gambling spent almost $48 million, its share of the most expensive political fight in Maryland's history. But it didn't provide much of a direct cash infusion to the state's economy. Only 4 percent of its spending went to companies, nonprofits and individuals with Maryland addresses.
One day after voters approved an expansion of gambling in Maryland, the state's largest casino said it would hire 1,200 new employees for table games – even as the ballot question's leading opponent suggested that it will turn to the courts.
Former Prince George's County Councilman Thomas Dernoga, a Laurel resident, filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutionality of the expanded gambling referendum. If successful, the lawsuit could nullify the results of Question 7 on Tuesday.
Two companies with a stake in voter approval of a casino in Prince George's County have turned over almost $1 million to former County Executive Wayne K. Curry to run a "grass roots" operation that hearkens back to the old Baltimore tradition of "walking-around" money on Election Day.