The flashy jangle of slot machines is a far cry from the stillness of Rocky Gap State Park in western Maryland, but state and local leaders are betting that this week’s planned casino opening will transform a struggling lakeside lodge into the economic engine its planners envisioned 15 years ago.
Maryland Live! Casino has taken its gaming to another level. Table games are now the new big thing, and officials say they expect big bucks to pour in because of it.
Rolling the dice. Maryland is just weeks away from its first-ever casino table games. Hollywood Casino in Perryville will have craps, poker and blackjack as early as March.
Rolling the dice around the clock. Maryland Live Casino will soon stay open 24 hours a day. The move was approved Thursday.
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.