In Maryland, several key ballot issues drew voters to the polls in high numbers. One of the most hotly contested was expanded gambling, which pulled out a victory early Wednesday morning.
The slot machines at Newport Grand chirp just like the ones in Vegas. The winners exult and the losers shrug just as they do in Atlantic City. But ask for the blackjack tables and you’ll be directed to a video game screen with a smiling, virtual dealer. The nearest table action is 50 miles away in Connecticut.
Massive amounts of money are being poured into the casino controversy. Expanded gambling is now the most expensive political battle ever waged in the state of Maryland.
The Washington Redskins on Tuesday urged their fans to support a ballot question in Maryland to expand gambling, a high-profile endorsement for efforts to allow a casino in the Maryland county where the team plays its home games near the nation’s capital.
Players in the campaign to pass or fail expanded gambling in Maryland are stepping up their game.
The Maryland Lottery says the state’s three casinos brought in $44.6 million in August, down from $48 million in July.
The Maryland General Assembly early Wednesday passed a measure to allow a new casino in Prince George’s County as well as table games such as poker and roulette at gambling halls.
Paving the way for table games. The House of Delegates has given initial approval to expanding Maryland’s casinos.
A Maryland House of Delegates committee voted 13-7 on Monday night to expand gambling in the state to allow table games such as blackjack and a Washington-area casino, setting up a vote by the full House on Tuesday.
A Maryland lawmaker says he will be proposing a change to a gambling measure to create a House and Senate oversight panel.
After years of effort, Baltimore City is finally getting a slots casino. The commission in charge of awarding licenses has approved the bid by Caesar’s Entertainment to run more than 3,700 slot machines.
The early numbers at Maryland Live! Casino have been impressive. They’re bringing in more than $1 million a day in gaming revenue.