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OP/ED: We need boundaries for Maryland sports wagering (and education spending)

Our politicians have a rich history of nobly taking money from the taxpayers in the cause of the children, people with disabilities and other very valid causes with commitments that all funds will be dedicated to the cause. Unfortunately, these commitments are soon forgotten.

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Maryland Gaming

10/20/2020

article Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Says Sports Betting Is Education Touchdown
(Maryland) -- Marylanders are already voting via absentee and mail-in ballots. Along with deciding who should be the President of the United States for the next four...

10/18/2020

article Should sports betting be legal in Maryland? Voters will choose
(Maryland) -- Maryland voters will decide whether to legalize sports betting when they cast their ballots this year. Their choice will determine whether Maryland joins...

10/16/2020

article Should sports betting be legal in Maryland? Voters will choose
(Maryland) -- Maryland voters will decide whether to legalize sports betting when they cast their ballots this year. Their choice will determine whether Maryland joins...
article OP/ED: We need boundaries for Maryland sports wagering (and education spending)
(Maryland) -- Our politicians have a rich history of nobly taking money from the taxpayers in the cause of the children, people with disabilities and other very valid...

10/15/2020

article Casino Overlay Zone Public Hearing Set For Next Week
(Maryland) -- Citizens will have a chance to share their thoughts on a proposed casino overlay zone at a public hearing next week. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Worcester...
article Maryland voters to decide on sports betting, budget powers
(Maryland) -- Maryland voters are deciding two statewide ballot questions with significant financial ramifications for future years, including whether to allow sports...

10/12/2020

article July, August gaming numbers continue decline as sector tries to recover in a COVID-19 world
(Nevada) -- Summers may be hot in Las Vegas, but the gaming industry and the Strip properties revenues saw a significant decline during July and August, having nearly a...

10/11/2020

article Gambling companies have spent more than $2M on sports betting ads in Maryland. Here's why
(Maryland) -- Gambling companies have spent more than $2 million trying to persuade Maryland voters to approve sports betting, according to the latest campaign finance...

10/10/2020

article Gambling companies spend more than $2M on sports betting ads
(Maryland) -- Gambling companies have spent more than $2 million trying to persuade Maryland voters to approve sports betting, according to the latest campaign finance...

10/9/2020

article New Sports & Social Restaurant Coming To Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel
(Maryland) -- It’s a one of kind restaurant, gaming and social lounge at Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel, and it could be the perfect spot for sports betting.

10/8/2020

article Maryland casinos saw an increase in revenue in September
(Maryland) -- Casino’s in Maryland are seeing an increase in revenue for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut their doors for three months. Casinos...

10/7/2020

article Live! Casino’s new Sports & Social venue bets on voters legalizing sports betting in Maryland
(Maryland) -- Voters casting their ballots this election may not know how to answer Question 2, which asks whether they want “to authorize sports and events...
article Maryland Racing Industry at Crossroads
(Maryland) -- Total wagering on the rescheduled, closed-door Preakness Stakes program at Pimlico last Saturday was down nearly 50% from its 2019 renewal, a pandemic-...

10/6/2020

article Pandemic first for Maryland casinos: More gambling than a year ago
(Maryland) -- Despite strict limits on the number of patrons allowed on gaming floors, Maryland’s casinos reported combined gaming revenue in September that was...
article Sports betting in Md.? Question 2 on ballot stirs debate on what it could mean for state
(Maryland) -- The Washington Football Team plays the Los Angeles Rams Sunday. If you want to wager if they'll win or bet on a loss, you can legally put your money...
article Maryland Casinos Generate Over $140M In September, First Year-Over-Year Increase Since Pandemic Shutdown
(Maryland) -- For the first time since their three-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Maryland’s six casinos have produced a year-over-year increase...

10/3/2020

article Maryland racing is still a good bet | COMMENTARY
(Maryland) -- There were no hot air balloons floating in the sky. No hotels and restaurants packed with out-of-towners. No Inner Harbor fireworks finale or even a...

10/2/2020

article Gov. Hogan: Maryland is "in the red zone" when it comes to sports betting
(Maryland) -- It looks like sports betting is getting very close to coming to Maryland. Ever since the first casino opened in the state, sports fans have been wondering...
article The potential effects of legalizing sports betting in Maryland
(Maryland) -- In recent years, several states across the US have found themselves legalizing sports betting within their jurisdictions. This has come about as a result...

9/30/2020

article State Roundup: Upbeat revenue numbers, but fiscal leaders urge caution; hotel industry said to need state aid
(Maryland) -- Maryland’s state government budget has avoided catastrophic shortfalls so far during the pandemic-induced recession, largely due to federal...

9/29/2020

article Does Maryland Sports Betting Referendum Foreshadow Online Casinos?
(Maryland) -- When the US general election rolls around this November, voters will be choosing more than just their representatives. In Maryland, citizens going to the...
press release Legalized Sports Betting Is on the Ballot in Maryland
(Maryland) -- The presidential race may be the focus of the upcoming November election, but Maryland has something else big on the ballot: sports betting. On November 3...
article Question 2: Maryland needs more information to embrace sports betting; vote 'no’ | COMMENTARY
(Maryland) -- There’s little doubt that legalized sports betting will eventually make its way to Maryland. Washington, D.C., and nearly two dozen states —...
article Question 2 asks Marylanders to legalize sports betting. Where? Which sports? For exactly what purposes? Stay tuned.
(Maryland) -- A decade after the first casino opened in the state, Maryland voters will decide whether to expand legalized gambling by permitting the sort of betting...

9/26/2020

article Is legalized sports betting coming to Maryland?
(Maryland) -- Towards the end of 2019, Maryland State Senator Chris West put forth Senate Bill 58, which would legalize retail and perhaps online sports betting for...

9/25/2020

article Maryland: decision on legal sports betting to wait until November
(Maryland) -- February 2018 saw the introduction of the Maryland House Bill No. 989, which gave governing bodies the power to create a task force that studied how to...

9/23/2020

article Maryland: county officials show concerns about proposed casino overlay district
(Maryland) -- The commissioners held a work session last week regarding the Ocean Downs Casino’s proposal to create a casino overlay zone, which would allow for...

9/19/2020

article Voters to decide on sports betting
(Maryland) -- Washington County voters will find some statewide issues to consider on the 2020 general election ballot, most notably whether sports betting should be...

9/18/2020

article Maryland casinos generate $149.5 Million in August, while operating at 50% capacity
(Maryland) -- As Maryland’s six casinos continued operating at 50% capacity due to COVID-19, they generated $149,549,000 in gaming revenue during August. August is...

9/15/2020

article DraftKings, FanDuel have spent $750,000 on campaign to legalize Maryland sports betting on November ballot
(Maryland) -- An organization funded with $500,000 from FanDuel and $250,000 from DraftKings — the fantasy sports and betting sites — says it is launching a...
article On Maryland ballots this fall: Should sports gambling be legal?
(Maryland) -- The sports gambling company DraftKings, which built its brand on fantasy sports, has put $250,000 behind persuading Maryland voters to legalize sports...
article Sports betting outlets making push for legalization in Maryland
(Maryland) -- Starting today, Maryland residents may need to become accustomed to seeing commercials promoting sports betting in the state. Popular betting companies...

9/9/2020

article Commission: Maryland casino revenue still relatively strong
(Maryland) -- Maryland's casinos are operating at 50% capacity. But the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission said revenues are still relatively strong despite the...
article Maryland casino monthly revenue down $4.7M compared with last August, but Hollywood, Rocky Gap see gains
(Maryland) -- Despite operating at only 50% capacity, Maryland’s casinos made $149.5 million in revenue last month, about $4.7 million less than in August 2019....

9/7/2020

article Maryland casinos generate $149.5 Million in August, while operating at 50% capacity
(Maryland) -- As Maryland’s six casinos continued operating at 50% capacity due to COVID-19, they generated $149,549,000 in gaming revenue during August. August is...

9/5/2020

article Baltimore restaurants, churches and casino can increase capacity to 50% next week
(Maryland) -- Baltimore will allow places of worship, casinos and retail establishments to operate at half capacity starting next week, loosening the city’s...

9/4/2020

article Maryland Casinos Generate $149.5M During August
(Maryland) -- It seems like Marylanders really missed heading to the casino during the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the state’s six casinos made nearly $150...

8/27/2020

article Live Casino & Hotel breaks ground on Sports & Social, a new sports-themed venue
(Maryland) -- Live Casino & Hotel is moving ahead with plans for a new gaming parlor and social lounge that aims to incorporate a sportsbook if Maryland voters...

8/25/2020

article Maryland Lottery, casinos contribute $1.113B to state in FY2020
(Maryland) -- The Maryland Lottery and the state's six casinos combined to contribute $1.113 billion to the state in fiscal year 2020. Officials reported lottery profits...

8/13/2020

article Ocean Downs Casino seeks overlay district amendment
(Maryland) -- The Ocean Downs Casino on Racetrack Road could have some upgrades if a proposal to add a Casino Entertainment District zoning classification makes into the...

8/11/2020

article Operating at 50% Capacity, Maryland Casinos Contributed Nearly $58 Million in July
(Maryland) -- Operating at 50% capacity, Maryland’s six casinos generated $139,920,018 in gaming revenue during July, the first full month of operation after being...

8/5/2020

article Maryland casinos bring $139 million in July, first full month open since coronavirus pandemic
(Maryland) -- After closing down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Maryland casinos opened in July to more than $139 million in gaming revenue, only a slight...
article Three Maryland casinos see revenue growth in July despite Covid-19 restrictions
(Maryland) -- Three Maryland casinos grew their year-over-year revenues in July despite a state mandate restricting them to 50% capacity amid the novel coronavirus...

7/29/2020

article Casino workers protest outside Baltimore’s City Hall in hopes of improving work conditions
(Maryland) -- Casino workers gathered outside Baltimore’s City Hall on Wednesday afternoon to raise awareness about safety and public health concerns relating to...
article PHOTOS: Horseshoe Casino workers protest
(Maryland) -- A rally is held at City Hall by Horseshoe Casino employees demanding safer work conditions.

7/28/2020

article Maryland casino revenues beginning to recover, but workers question whether it’s worth it
(Maryland) -- Maryland’s casinos are starting to bounce back after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some workers say they don’t...

7/7/2020

article Coronavirus Impact: Report Shows Significant Drop In Casino Revenue Despite Reopening
(Maryland) -- Casinos are back open in Maryland, and a new report shows just how big an impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on revenue. The report released by...

7/6/2020

article Casino revenue across Maryland dropped by more than 25% after coronavirus shut down gambling
(Maryland) -- Casino revenue across the state declined by more than 27% over the previous fiscal year as coronavirus pummeled the region and forced gambling...
article Maryland casino report shows extent of Covid-19's toll on industry
(Maryland) -- Revenue for Maryland's casino industry fell by more than a quarter last fiscal year as the novel coronavirus swept through the state, shuttering...

6/29/2020

article All masked up and ready to gamble as Maryland’s casinos reopen
(Maryland) -- So, are you feeling lucky? That’s what gamblers around the D.C. region are asking themselves as they decide whether they are comfortable returning to...

6/28/2020

article Reopening Baltimore: Horseshoe Casino Reopens To General Public On Sunday
(Maryland) -- As Maryland moves through the stages of Gov. Larry Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery coronavirus plan, the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore opened its doors...

6/26/2020

article Hoping to tap pent-up demand but stay safe, Maryland casinos opt for ‘soft launches’ over splash
(Maryland) -- Maryland casinos are gambling there is enough pent-up demand to ever so slowly invite customers back to gambling floors modified to guard against spread of...
article The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore is open for business
(Maryland) -- The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore City is back open for business after months of being shut down because of coronavirus restrictions.

6/23/2020

article MGM National Harbor resumes gambling Monday, last of Maryland casinos to announce reopening
(Maryland) -- Gamblers and hotel guests can once again visit MGM National Harbor starting Monday, as part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s phase two of recovery, the company...
article Reopening Baltimore: Horseshoe Casino To Reopen To Public Sunday Morning
(Maryland) -- The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore will reopen to the general public Sunday morning after being closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a news...

6/20/2020

article Maryland casinos hedge bets with phased-in re-openings
(Maryland) -- Gamblers are back at several Maryland casinos after three months of closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. One of the state's largest casinos,...
article What you can expect if you return to Live! Casino during the coronavirus pandemic
(Maryland) -- Gamblers can expect to wear face masks, encounter hand sanitizing stations, and be cased in plexiglass fortresses for table games as Anne Arundel’s...

6/19/2020

article Casinos open up across Maryland
(Maryland) -- As of Friday evening, Maryland casinos are back, at least to an extent. At Live! Casino & Hotel in Anne Arundel County, doors opened at 5 pm for a...
article Rocky Gap Casino and Resort reopening after pandemic shutdown
(Maryland) -- The Rocky Gap Casino and Resort in the Allegany County community of Flintstone shut down March 16 because of the pandemic. But the western Maryland resort...

6/18/2020

article Horseshoe Casino outlines reopening plan as they await guidance from Baltimore
(Maryland) -- While Horseshoe Casino awaits guidance from Baltimore leaders as to when it will be allowed to start to reopen, its general manager of th said they will...
article Horseshoe Casino Prepares to Reopen once given the Green Light by the City
(Maryland) -- Malls, gyms, and casinos will reopen Friday at limited capacity as the state moves into the next phase of Governor Larry Hogan's coronavirus recovery plan...

6/16/2020

article Thermal Imaging Cameras Among New Safety Measures At Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel
(Maryland) -- Gov. Larry Hogan’s order last week allows for casinos to reopen under new safety guidelines and capacity limits. Tuesday marks three months since...

6/15/2020

article Maryland casinos can soon reopen. State revenue has taken a big hit because of their closures.
(Maryland) -- The mid-March closure of Maryland’s casinos because of the Covid-19 crisis continues to leave quite a hole in state coffers. And although the venues...

6/12/2020

article First Maryland casino set to reopen June 19
(Maryland) -- Rocky Gap Casino Resort, in Flintstone, Maryland, will reopen much of its casino floor, its restaurants and its hotel to the public June 19. It is the...

6/8/2020

article Lost state revenue from coronavirus-closed Maryland casinos nears $149M
(Maryland) -- No gambling means no gaming revenue for Maryland casinos and that means no contributions from casinos to Maryland state coffers. And it is adding up. With...

6/5/2020

article Casino revenues, contributions to state down more than 20%
(Maryland) -- With Maryland’s six casinos closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 virus, total gaming revenues are down by nearly $372.5 million compared to...

6/1/2020

article Elected officials voice support for reopening Maryland casinos
(Maryland) -- Federal, state and local elected officials toured Ocean Downs Casino on Monday to see how they are preparing to reopen. Maryland’s casinos have been...

5/29/2020

article New Live! Casino pandemic plans: plexiglass slot dividers, sanitized chips, plastic forks
(Maryland) -- Maryland casinos have been closed since mid-March, but all six are formulating their reopening plans, and Live! Casino & Hotel has released some...

5/28/2020

article Live! Casino & Hotel announces new safety protocols for reopening
(Maryland) -- On Thursday, Live! Casino & Hotel announced a new comprehensive safety plan in preparation for the eventual re-opening of the property. The new Play It...
article Face Masks Required When Live! Casino & Hotel Reopens
(Maryland) -- Live! Casino & Hotel has unveiled its safety plan for the eventual reopening of the facility. Called the Play It Safe Plan, it is a health and...

5/23/2020

article Thermal scanners, partitions and masks await Maryland casinogoers. Would people come back?
(Maryland) -- Poker rooms, blackjack tables, slot machines and roulette wheels sit in what feels like unnatural silence as Maryland casinos prepare for when the state...

5/22/2020

article PHOTOS: Maryland Live Casino prepares to reopen
(Maryland) -- A look at how things could look different at Maryland Live Casino as it prepares to reopen once coronavirus-related restrictions are eased.

5/20/2020

press release Online Gambling in Maryland – Will It Be Legal?
(Maryland) -- No one can deny the rapid growth of online gambling. Especially, if you look at the numbers. The market size of the sector is expected to grow by almost $...

5/16/2020

article The oddity of this November’s sports gambling referendum in Md.
(Maryland) -- Marylanders will be voting more so on the idea of sports betting than an actual policy framework this November.

5/15/2020

article Casino layoffs account for more than 3,500 jobs lost in Baltimore area
(Maryland) -- A new notice filed with the state puts a number on the job losses at one of Maryland's biggest casinos since the coronavirus pandemic forced its...

5/12/2020

article Marylanders might be able to embrace sports gambling next year
(Maryland) -- This November, voters in Maryland will have a very important decision to make. After lawmakers created an initiative to put sports gambling on the ballot,...

5/8/2020

article Pimlico to be renovated and keep Preakness after bill passes
(Maryland) -- The Preakness will remain a fixture at timeworn Pimlico Race Course, which will receive a much-needed facelift following the passing of a bill to redevelop...

5/7/2020

article With casinos closed, Maryland takes a revenue hit
(Maryland) -- The forced closure of Maryland’s casinos since mid-March has left quite a hole in state coffers. The six casinos generated more than $145 million in...

5/6/2020

article No casinos means no money for Maryland
(Maryland) -- Maryland’s six casinos closed March 16 under guidelines to halt the spread of the coronavirus, and it is not just casino operators who are losing...

5/5/2020

article Maryland takes $60 million revenue hit from closed casinos in April
(Maryland) -- With Maryland’s casinos dark in April to help prevent spread of the coronavirus, the state of Maryland took a roughly $60 million revenue hit in...

5/4/2020

article Casinos discuss new COVID-19 safety protocols, predict $200 million in losses
(Maryland) -- State lottery and gaming officials are discussing ways to keep guests and workers safe once they’re given the green light to reopen. Among many...

4/24/2020

article Official: Maryland to lose $250 million in gaming amid virus
(Maryland) -- A Maryland official said the state could lose nearly $250 million in revenue from casinos and lottery games because of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

4/23/2020

article Maryland may face $250 million casino and lottery hit; casinos develop reopening plans
(Maryland) -- Maryland could take a $250 million hit because its revenue from casinos and lottery games has plummeted due to the coronavirus, lottery and gaming director...

4/19/2020

article Our Say: Anne Arundel eviction prevention program a wise use of casino money, even if it bends the rules a bit
(Maryland) -- Difficult times call for creative solutions, and Anne Arundel County has found one that will help people who find themselves unable to pay their rent or...

4/16/2020

article Anne Arundel coronavirus eviction protection program will be funded by Md. slot machines
(Maryland) -- Evictions are on hold temporarily in Maryland due to the coronavirus crisis. As rent and mortgages will eventually come due, Anne Arundel County has...

4/7/2020

article Maryland sports betting: Is legal sports betting available in Maryland?
(Maryland) -- No, sports betting in Maryland is not legal at this time. Republican State Senator Christopher R. West submitted SB 58 at the end of calendar year 2019....

4/6/2020

article Maryland casinos take significant coronavirus hit
(Maryland) -- Maryland’s six casinos took a significant hit in March after all were ordered closed, and in turn, so did the amount of money casinos generate that...

4/4/2020

article Maryland casino revenue cut by nearly 60% in March
(Maryland) -- The forced closure of Maryland's six casinos last month to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus sliced revenue in March by nearly 60% compared to...

4/3/2020

article COVID-19 closures cause 57.9% drop in Maryland Casino revenue in March
(Maryland) -- Maryland's Casino revenue for March decreased by 57.9 percent to $68,657,232 from $94,605.616 at the same time last year. A large factor came from a...
article Maryland casino revenue cut by nearly 60% in March
(Maryland) -- The forced closure of Maryland's six casinos last month to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus sliced revenue in March by nearly 60% compared to...

3/30/2020

article Maryland Sports Betting Sponsor Blames Short Session For Shortened Bill
(Maryland) -- The sponsor of a bill to legalize Maryland sports betting believes issues raised in the House could have been solved if not for a session shortened by...

3/27/2020

article Horseshoe Casino donates 7,800 gloves to emergency workers in Baltimore
(Maryland) -- On Friday, the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced it has donated 7,800 disposable vinyl gloves to the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management to...

3/25/2020

article When Will Sports Betting Be Legal in Maryland and How Much Will the State Earn?
(Maryland) -- Maryland has joined a list of states currently on the fast-track to legalizing sports betting inside its borders, and there’s every reason to believe...

3/23/2020

article Maryland's MGM National Harbor lays off 85 employees amid coronavirus shutdown
(Maryland) -- MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino, shut down amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, has laid off 85 employees, according to a notification it sent...

3/20/2020

article How Inclusion Concerns Led To Gutting Of Maryland Sports Betting Bill
(Maryland) -- Concerns over the lack of women and minorities in ownership positions of potential licensees led to the removal of the implementation language from the...

3/18/2020

article Maryland Lawmakers Send Sports Betting Referendum To Governor
(Maryland) -- In these unusual times, the Maryland General Assembly did something unusual, too. Between late Tuesday and noon on Wednesday, lawmakers stripped a sports...

3/15/2020

article All bets are off: Casinos grind to a halt over coronavirus
(Maryland) -- Outside Maryland’s MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted much of everyday life and sent the U.S. economy...

3/14/2020

article Five of Maryland's six casinos plan to halve number of visitors amid coronavirus
(Maryland) -- Five Maryland casinos, including Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, announced they will cut their customer traffic in half as a preventive measure against the...

3/13/2020

article Maryland casinos remain open during coronavirus pandemic; intrepid gamblers arrive with sanitizer, wipes
(Maryland) -- Maryland’s casinos remained open Friday and intrepid customers continued to venture inside as the state sought assurances that the large gathering...

3/10/2020

article Legislation aimed at legalizing sports betting passes Maryland Senate unanimously, 47-0
(Maryland) -- Legislation that could legalize sports betting passed Maryland’s state Senate unanimously Tuesday ― opening up the possibility of fans gambling on...
article State Senate OKs Sports Betting Measure
(Maryland) -- Sports betting would be allowed at Maryland’s six casinos, horse racing tracks and potentially at a Washington Redskins stadium, under a measure the...

3/9/2020

article Five of Maryland’s six casinos saw year-over-year gains in revenue in February
(Maryland) -- According to data posted by Maryland Lottery and Gaming, five of Maryland’s six casinos saw year-over-year gains in gaming revenue in February....

3/7/2020

article Horseshoe Baltimore Struggles Continue, Lone Maryland Casino in Red Last Month
(Maryland) -- Maryland’s six casinos performed well last month, all but the Horseshoe recording year-over-year gross gaming revenue (GGR) gains. Casino win totaled...

3/5/2020

article Maryland casino revenue rises; Horseshoe the exception
(Maryland) -- Five of Maryland’s six casinos saw year-over-year gains in gaming revenue in February, while Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino continued to decline...
article Maryland Casinos Contribute $62.9 Million for State Funding
(Maryland) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming announced Thursday that gaming revenues generated by the state’s six casinos for February 2020 topped $151 million. The...
article Maryland lawmakers continue push to bring sports betting to the state
(Maryland) -- While DC is already getting facilities ready for sports betting next year, Maryland appears to be following suit, throwing its hat into the prize ring. On...
article Cold table: Horseshoe Casino Baltimore hits new revenue low
(Maryland) -- Despite 2020 being a leap year, February revenues at Horseshoe Casino skidded more than 13% from February a year ago, the Maryland Lottery & Gaming...
article Maryland casino revenue rises; Horseshoe the exception
(Maryland) -- Five of Maryland’s six casinos saw year-over-year gains in gaming revenue in February, while Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino continued to decline...

3/4/2020

article Maryland voters would get a say on sports betting
(Maryland) -- After years of fits and starts, an effort to legalize betting on sports is moving forward in Maryland’s legislature. A bill being debated by the...
article Sports Gaming Bill Headed to Senate Floor
(Maryland) -- A measure to allow Marylanders to gamble on sporting events cleared an important hurdle on Tuesday when a Senate committee voted unanimously to approve a...

3/2/2020

article Maryland lawmaker introduces bill to educate youth on potential risks of gambling
(Maryland) -- A Maryland bill that would allow lessons on the risks associated with gambling — including addiction prevention — to be added to the high...

2/29/2020

article Gordon Ramsay Judges Cooking Contest At Horseshoe Casino
(Maryland) -- A surprise judge at a cooking contest in Baltimore made for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for local culinary students. World-famous celebrity chef Gordon...
article Senate Committee Approves Pimlico Renovation Bill
(Maryland) -- Just days after hearing testimony on the bill, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Friday approved a $389-million plan to renovate Pimlico Race Course...

2/28/2020

article Maryland lawmaker wants youth educated on risk of gambling
(Maryland) -- A Maryland bill that would allow lessons on the risks associated with gambling — including addiction prevention — to be added to the high...
article How a Professional Boxer Balances Bartending 40 Hours a Week, Three-Hour Workouts, and Maintaining a Plant-Based Diet
(Maryland) -- Dante Cox spends a lot of time at the Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover. Not only does he work 40 hours a week as a bartender at the hotel’s...

2/26/2020

article Fort Meade: Raising the stakes to combat addiction
(Maryland) -- From basement poker games to high-stakes casino blackjack and slots, the allure of gambling can be hard to resist and as addictive and destructive as any...

2/24/2020

article Marylanders Divided Over Sports Betting, Plurality Oppose Expansion at Brick-And-Mortar Casinos
(Maryland) -- Maryland policymakers are currently working on legislation that would wrest control of the fate of gaming expansion away from voters, a move that could...
article Poll: Sports gambling has lukewarm support among Marylanders
(Maryland) -- As the Maryland General Assembly considers a handful of bills to legalize sports gambling, a new Goucher Poll shows support among Marylanders is lukewarm...

2/20/2020

article Sen. Edwards Responds To Commissioner Shade Addressing Gaming Funds Distribution
(Maryland) -- WCBC has obtained a letter from District 1 Senator George Edwards to Allegany County Commission President Jake Shade, addressing the issues surrounding the...

2/19/2020

article Maryland Voters Could Be Left Out of Certain Casino Decisions
(Maryland) -- The Maryland Senate has voted to take voters out of the process of deciding whether to allow more forms of gambling in the state. The Senate voted 46-1...

2/18/2020

article Measure would remove Maryland voters from deciding gambling expansion
(Maryland) -- Maryland voters would no longer be required to decide whether to allow new forms of gambling in the state, under a measure approved by the state Senate on...

2/16/2020

article Maryland’s gambling operators collect $8,471,517 More in February 2020 then 2019
(Maryland) -- Gambling performance in Maryland remain strong after the Maryland Lottery and Gaming has posted the latest results for January, revealing a decent increase...

2/9/2020

article Simonaire: A gambling crisis is brewing among our youth
(Maryland) -- There has been a sea change in Maryland’s gambling landscape over the last decade and it’s starting to have a negative impact on our children....

2/7/2020

article Every Maryland casino grew revenue in January — except one
(Maryland) -- Every Maryland casino except one saw strong year-over-year revenue increases in January, building on the modest growth the industry saw in December....

2/6/2020

article Every Maryland casino grew revenue in January — except one
(Maryland) -- Every Maryland casino except one saw strong year-over-year revenue increases in January, building on the modest growth the industry saw in December.

1/30/2020

article Bill To Legalize Online Sports Betting In The Works For Maryland
(Maryland) -- Legalized sports betting lives to fight another day. From slots to game tables and now the possible addition of online sports betting, Maryland has slow-...

1/29/2020

article Dueling Maryland Sports Betting Bills Get First Look Today
(Maryland) -- We could find out which Maryland sports betting bill is preferred in the Senate after the two bills get their first hearings today. SB 4 and SB 58 will be...

1/24/2020

article Maryland sports betting bills likely to go to ballot, supporters say
(Maryland) -- Supporters of sports betting bills in Annapolis predict it's a safe wager that lawmakers will put the topic on the November 2020 ballot. Acme Bar and...
article Maryland lawmakers met with Washington owner Daniel Snyder on sports betting
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington owner Daniel Snyder met with Maryland lawmakers to discuss allowing sports betting at a new stadium in the state, a lawmaker who...

1/22/2020

article General Assembly bills aim to put sports betting on 2020 ballot
(Maryland) -- Sports betting is back on the table this legislative session with multiple proposals aiming to let voters decide whether the wagers should be allowed in...

1/16/2020

article Casino Cheaters Caught / Dealer and Player Conspired to Cheat two Maryland Casinos out of More Than $1 Million
(Maryland) -- After just a few hours of playing baccarat at a Maryland casino in September 2017, Chenguang Ni headed home to New York with more than $850,000 in winnings...

1/14/2020

article Maryland Casinos get $149.1M in December
(Maryland) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming announced that December 2019 gaming revenues for the state’s six casinos were $149,087,494. The total represents a $706,...

1/10/2020

article State lawmakers to consider legalizing sports betting
(Maryland) -- Supporters of a constitutional amendment which would allow Maryland voters to decide whether to legalize sports betting predict the measure will be...

1/8/2020

article Maryland Casinos Generate $149.1 Million During December
(Maryland) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced that December 2019 gaming revenues for the state’s six casinos were $149,087,494. The total represents a...

1/7/2020

article Maryland Casinos Generate $149.1 Million In December
(Maryland) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming announced Monday that Maryland’s six casinos generated $149,087,494 in December. That’s a $706,081 increase, or 0.5...
article MGM National Harbor re-establishes casino dominance in Maryland
(Maryland) -- After Live! Casino & Hotel came within $1 million of matching MGM National Harbor’s gaming revenue in November, MGM re-established its dominance...
article José Andrés’s Casino-Based Seafood Restaurant Will Close Next Week
(Maryland) -- Fish, José Andrés’s seafood restaurant tucked inside MGM National Harbor, is closing next week. Washingtonian first reported on the impending shutter...

1/6/2020

article Sports betting bill filed in Maryland senate
(Maryland) -- Just before the calendar turned to 2020, one Maryland senator pre-filed a bill to make sports betting legal in the state. Republican Senator Chris West...
article Maryland casinos reports modest revenue growth in December
(Maryland) -- Maryland's casino industry reported more modest growth last month after slumps in September and October. The state's six casinos generated $149.1...
article LETTER: Maryland hasn’t been honest about lottery and casino revenues
(Maryland) -- Regarding the Jan. 4 Metro article “Democrats rule out traditional tax hikes”: Marylanders have had the wool pulled over their eyes twice with...

1/2/2020

article Sports Wagering Proposal On The Table In Maryland
(Maryland) -- Maryland might be one of the states to watch on the sports betting front in 2020. The state legislature begins its session on Jan. 8 with a single sports...
article New hotel, parking garage planned for MGM-adjacent parcel
(Maryland) -- The Peterson Cos. is raising the stakes for an undeveloped parcel across from MGM National Harbor, seeking permission to construct a nearly 2,500-space...

12/29/2019

article Maryland Sports Betting Bill Prefiled, Would Put Issue Before Voters in 2020 Referendum
(Maryland) -- A Maryland sports betting bill has been prefiled in the Annapolis capital ahead of the state legislature’s upcoming 2020 session. If passed, the...

12/27/2019

article Year in Review 2019: Mixed results for Maryland casinos
(Maryland) -- Maryland's casino industry saw its growth slow this year after a record-breaking 2018. March brought a new high point for revenue, with the state's...
article Year in Review 2019: Mixed results for Maryland casinos
(Maryland) -- Maryland's casino industry saw its growth slow this year after a record-breaking 2018. March brought a new high point for revenue, with the state's...

12/21/2019

article Baccarat Dealer Receives 18-month Prison Sentence for Casino Cheating Scheme
(Maryland) -- The former Maryland MGM National Harbor dealer who helped to scam the casino out of more than $1million was this week sentenced to prison for 18 months....

12/14/2019

article Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. will bring sports betting to casinos, live districts around the country
(Maryland) -- The Cordish Cos., a Baltimore-based developer and casino operator, plans to bring fantasy and sports betting to its Live! Casino & Hotel properties and...

12/12/2019

article Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. will bring sports betting to casinos, live districts around the country
(Maryland) -- The Cordish Cos., a Baltimore-based developer and casino operator, plans to bring fantasy and sports betting to its Live! Casino & Hotel properties and...

12/7/2019

article Rocky Gap jump helps fuel state casino revenue increase
(Maryland) -- Maryland casinos generated $140.8 million in November, driven by large increases at Rocky Gap Casino Resort and Live! Casino and Hotel in Anne Arundel...

12/6/2019

article Ex-Maryland Casino Dealer to Spend 18 Months in Prison for Alleged Role in $1M Cheating Scheme
(Maryland) -- One-time Maryland baccarat dealer Ming Zhang, 32, of Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced in federal court to 18 months in prison for his role in a million-...

12/5/2019

article Here’s a first look at Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino’s expanded outdoor gaming space
(Maryland) -- Daylight streamed in the new room at the Horseshoe Casino on Thursday afternoon, as well as some crisp December air. That’s because the just-unveiled...
article Live! is now giving MGM a run for the money
(Maryland) -- Gaming revenue at Live! Casino & Hotel in November came within $1 million of catching up with MGM National Harbor, which has long held the lead in...
article Maryland casino revenue jumps slightly in November
(Maryland) -- Maryland's casino industry saw a slight bump in revenue in November, after a nearly 9% drop in October. Overall, the state's six casinos pulled in...
article Maryland Gov. Hogan unveils proposals for school construction and improving low-rated schools
(Maryland) -- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled two proposals Thursday that he says will improve public schools in the state by constructing new school buildings and...

11/25/2019

article Man Arrested For Allegedly Stealing $16K In Horseshoe Casino Chips
(Maryland) -- Baltimore police arrested a man for allegedly stealing $16,000 in casino chips from the Horseshoe Casino, they announced Sunday.
article Man Arrested For Stealing $16K In Casino Chips From Horseshoe
(Maryland) -- Baltimore Police arrested a man for allegedly stealing chips from Horseshoe Casino downtown.

11/22/2019

article Caesars' Horseshoe Casino Baltimore to open new outdoor gaming terrace Dec. 5
(Maryland) -- The $15 million addition will have new staff to oversee the bar area that will hold more than 150 new slot machines, about 20 table games. It will open in...

11/21/2019

article Horseshoe Casino will soon open its new gaming terrace, rewards experience center
(Maryland) -- Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is two weeks away from opening two new visitor experiences, one of which will create 100 new jobs at the entertainment venue. A...
article Maryland casinos generate $143.9 million in October
(Maryland) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming announced that October gambling revenues for the state’s six casinos were $143,895,409. The total represents a $14,065,...

11/20/2019

article Live Casino & Hotel will open expanded event center in time for New Year's
(Maryland) -- An expanded event center at the Live Casino & Hotel in Anne Arundel County is almost ready for showtime. The Hall at Live, a 75,000-square-foot...

11/18/2019

article Baltimore residents who live in food deserts can now take a subsidized Lyft ride to grocery store
(Maryland) -- At 81, Evelyn Robinson finds trips to the grocery store tiring and inconvenient. She either faces a long bus ride from her Cherry Hill neighborhood to the...

11/12/2019

article Baltimore Police release body worn camera footage from fatal shooting outside Rite Aid pharmacy last month
(Maryland) -- Baltimore police on Tuesday released officers’ body-worn camera and surveillance video footage from a fatal shooting last month outside a Rite Aid...

11/8/2019

article October wasn’t a good month for Maryland casinos
(Maryland) -- Somebody somewhere put the brakes on Maryland’s casino activity last month. Perhaps the crabbing proved to be a little too enticing and gamblers...

11/7/2019

article Maryland Casinos Lose Big in October, State Pledges Gaming Money to School Construction
(Maryland) -- Maryland casinos reported a steep decline in gross gaming revenue (GGR) last month. The state’s six licensed venues said total win was $143.89...

11/6/2019

article Maryland casinos had a slow October
(Maryland) -- Gaming revenue at MGM National Harbor in October was down 18.5% from October 2018, though it still accounted for 41% of total gaming revenue from all six...
article Maryland leaders propose record $2.2 billion to quickly build, repair schools
(Maryland) -- A record $2.2 billion could be poured into building, repairing or expanding Maryland’s aging school buildings, the General Assembly’s new...

10/14/2019

article Maryland Casino Employee Charged for Allegedly Cashing in Counterfeit Vouchers
(Maryland) -- A Live! Casino and Hotel worker was charged for allegedly printing five fake casino vouchers and cashing them in at the Hanover Maryland venue for $14,500...

10/12/2019

article Pimlico Race Course: 18 Questions About The Deal To Save Baltimore Track
(Maryland) -- Suddenly, almost out of the blue, a deal appears to be in place that could save and improve Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, ensure that the high-stakes...
article Maryland Live Casino And Hotel Employee Stole Over $14K By Printing Fake Vouchers
(Maryland) -- A Live Casino and Hotel employee is facing multiple counts of theft after police say he stole more than $14,000. Anne Arundel County Police say Ronald...

10/11/2019

article 4,000-seat concert venue unveiled as first building in Baltimore’s casino entertainment district
(Maryland) -- The owners of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore plan to develop a 4,000-seat concert venue in the proposed entertainment district between the casino and M...
article $50 million, 3,750-seat concert venue proposed for South Baltimore
(Maryland) -- A “world-class” concert venue is in the works for South Baltimore. The Paramount Baltimore is the name of a $50 million, 3,750-seat concert...
article OP/ED: Pimlico and wagering: a family habit
(Maryland) -- I'm glad the ponies will continue to run at Pimlico. I’m a faithful race goer, a low-stakes gambler, a Baltimore mom whose annual tradition is to...

10/8/2019

article In Maryland, is it schools vs. racetracks?
(Maryland) -- When it comes to financing new government initiatives, there’s an old rule: “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind...
article OP/ED: Pimlico upgrade money would come from Maryland schools budget, why wasn’t this the headline in the first place?
(Maryland) -- Finally, there’s an answer to the burning question of whether the casino tax money that the owners of Pimlico racetrack want to use to pay for...
article Baltimore lawmakers say racetrack rescue plan numbers add up
(Maryland) -- Key Baltimore City lawmakers on General Assembly budget committees expressed optimism Monday about a proposed plan to keep the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico...

10/7/2019

article Chance Meeting At Pimlico Led To Preakness Solution
(Maryland) -- A chance encounter at the Preakness Stakes led Baltimore City officials and Pimlico Race Course's ownership to bury the hatchet and work in secret...
article Losing streak: Horseshoe Casino continues to slide
(Maryland) -- September’s results – the second lowest monthly gaming revenues ever recorded – have pounded another nail into the financial coffin that...
article More Than $142M Generated By Maryland Casinos During September
(Maryland) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming generated $142,223,137 in gaming revenues for the state’s six casinos during September 2019. The total represents a $1,...
article EDITORIAL: Gambling revenue rides to the rescue (again)
(Maryland) -- How do you come up with the money to finance a new sports venue? Negotiators representing Baltimore and The Stronach Group faced that daunting question in...

10/6/2019

article Pimlico: City, Stronach Group announce agreement, but much work remains
(Maryland) -- The Preakness will be a much smaller and more exclusive event, but it will remain at its historic home in northwest Baltimore if plans announced today come...
article The storied Preakness race was in danger of leaving Baltimore. Then the mayor and the track owner had a talk.
(Maryland) -- Just months ago, the future of the Preakness in Baltimore looked bleak. The city’s then-mayor had been sending insulting letters to the Stronachs,...
article Bowie mayor on board with possibility of racetrack donation; Pittman says Laurel improvements are ‘great news’
(Maryland) -- The plan hammered out between representatives of Baltimore City and The Stronach Group to keep the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course and revitalize Laurel...

10/5/2019

article Rodricks: A shocking turnabout for Pimlico and the Preakness
(Maryland) -- At a recent forum on redeveloping areas of abandonment and blight in Baltimore, a community leader expressed angry frustration that the city government and...
article Will transforming Pimlico’s track also transform its neighborhood?
(Maryland) -- For years, residents near Pimlico Race Course have set up shop on their sidewalks, selling food and drinks, parking spaces and even access to their...
article ‘Historic’ deal aims to keep Preakness in Baltimore; track owner, city reach agreement after 4 months of talks
(Maryland) -- The city of Baltimore and the owners of the historic but dilapidated Pimlico Race Course have come up with a way to keep the prestigious Preakness Stakes...

9/27/2019

article Live! casino chef uses ‘Chopped’ winnings to serve Baltimore kids
(Maryland) -- When executive chef Ed Evans told his employer, Live! Casino & Hotel, that he wanted to use the potential grand prize money from his appearance on Food...

9/23/2019

article Officials announce Live! Casino grants, including $3 million for Severn Intergenerational Center
(Maryland) -- At Live! Casino and Hotel Monday morning officials announced $3 million in grant funding to build an intergenerational center for seniors and children in...

9/17/2019

article State partnering with Maryland casinos to promote small business
(Maryland) -- The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs recently announced multiple small business outreach events in partnership with...

9/10/2019

article Horseshoe Baltimore Has Lowest Revenue Ever
(Maryland) -- August was not kind to Horseshoe Baltimore from Maryland. The gambling venue has registered its worst month ever since it first opened its doors five years...

9/7/2019

article Horseshoe Baltimore Casino Posts Lowest Revenue Month in History, Building Outdoor Gaming Patio
(Maryland) -- The Horseshoe Baltimore casino won just $18.2 million in August, the property’s lowest gross gaming revenue (GGR) number in its five-year history...

9/6/2019

article Bad hand: Horseshoe Baltimore hits new revenue low
(Maryland) -- Five years after a grand opening that featured pop singers, celebrity chefs and then-rising politicians (Martin O’Malley and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake...
article Maryland casinos have 4th best month ever
(Maryland) -- Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino continues to struggle, but as a whole, Maryland’s casinos just turned in their fourth best monthly gaming revenue...

8/30/2019

article Several Maryland racing regulators earning breeder bonuses also own winning racehorses
(Maryland) -- Several of the Maryland horse racing regulators who have been winning breeders’ bonuses from an account they manage also have been winning lucrative...

8/23/2019

article Horseshoe Casino Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
(Maryland) -- It was a special day for Horseshoe Casino as it celebrated its fifth birthday. Since its opening, the casino has welcomed more than 20 million visitors...
article Horseshoe taps new GM as casino marks 5th anniversary, battles for market share
(Maryland) -- Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino has a new top executive as the attraction fights to regain market share amid months of year-over-year revenue declines....

8/22/2019

article Maryland horse racing commission dominated by industry players. They manage cash awards -- and win them.
(Maryland) -- Most members of the Maryland Racing Commission are financially invested in the sport they govern, including several who have won cash awards from a state...
article Maryland lottery, casinos set new sales and revenue records in fiscal 2019
(Maryland) -- Maryland's lottery and casinos brought in record amounts of money last fiscal year, a new report shows. Together, the state-run lottery and six...

8/15/2019

article One way to pay that big Baltimore water bill: Horseshoe casino winnings!
(Maryland) -- Lamont Morgan cringed when he opened the water bill that arrived this week, knowing it was going to be much bigger than usual thanks to the ransomware...

8/14/2019

article Maryland Lottery and casinos set records for 2019 fiscal year
(Maryland) -- The continued growth of the Maryland Lottery and the state’s six casinos combined to contribute a record-breaking total of $1.311 billion to the...

8/13/2019

article Casinos in Maryland Donate $542 Million to Education Fund
(Maryland) -- About 30 percent of the combined profits of MGM Grand National Harbor, Maryland Live Casino and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has been contributed to the...

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