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Peter Franchot Slams General Assembly on Gambling

August 16, 2012


The gambling bill designed to fatten the big gaming corporations has passed both houses of the Maryland General Assembly and was quickly signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley. Comptroller Peter Franchot responded with the following statement, printed in full below: “The passage of legislation that will pave the way for a Las Vegas-style casino in Prince […]

Special Session On Gambling in Maryland

August 10, 2012


Here it is the dawg days of August, and the General Assembly is back in Special Session in Annapolis. It’s the second Special Session this year. Makes you wonder if Maryland legislators can accomplish anything at all without a Special Session. Gov. Martin O’Malley called this August session to consider the urgent issue of gambling. Specifically, […]

Slots Open For Business At Ocean Downs on Rt. 589

December 14, 2010


Black billboard with gold lettering, at the intersection of Rt. 50 and Rt. 589, announces casino gambling at Ocean Downs. After many delays, the era of slot machine gambling is about to begin at Ocean Downs. The grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 4, barring last-minute hitches. The new casino needs a final certificate from […]

What Way Forward For Ocean City?

May 10, 2010


Ocean City: Past, Present, Future Things are always changing and renewing. People, buildings, and towns need hard effort, just to keep from sliding backwards. We work to preserve the best, but just as often, we need to start again or tear down and build new. Sometimes we need to hold on and sometimes we need […]

Now Mike Miller Wants Slots in Prince Georges

January 19, 2010


Not a single slot machine has been put in service in Maryland, and already Senate President Mike Miller is suggesting adding a casino in his home county, Prince Georges, according to  reports in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. This is the latest development in the slots fiasco in Maryland. Voters OK’d 5 Slots Loations, […]

Slot Machines In Maryland: What We’ve Learned So Far

October 8, 2009


[picapp src=”0/e/9/1/Struggling_Casino_Industry_912d.jpg?adImageId=4977768&imageId=4716270″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] It has been 11 months since the voters of Maryland decided, in last November’s referendum, to allow slot machines at five locations in the state. Here are some of the things we have learned since then: It’s feasible to jump-start a modest slot-machine operation in an out-of-the-way place, without a […]

Ocean Downs Will Have Maryland’s First Slot Machines

September 24, 2009


It’s official. The first slot machines in Maryland will be at the Ocean Downs harness race track in Worcester County, not far from Ocean City, and near Berlin and Ocean Pines. Maryland awarded its first slots license this week to William M. Rickman, owner of Ocean Downs, paving the way for 200   600  slot machines to be open […]

Special Session Fatigue in Maryland (Slot Machines Were the Last Straw)

April 19, 2009


The once-a-year session of the Maryland General Assembly has been a historical curiosity for a long time. Now it is becoming a downright embarrassment. Maryland needed a Special Session, after four years of deadlock over slot machines. The Special Session brought progress — the lawmakers agreed they were unworthy to decide on slots within the […]

Slots In Maryland — Big Loser Is Magna Entertainment

February 5, 2009


Slot machines in Maryland: Fiasco of the year! Magna Entertainment, the Canadian casino operator that invaded Maryland with dollar signs in its eyes, is the big loser. Hey, nobody said playing slots was a game for the faint-hearted! Magna bought the Maryland Jockey Club and took over Pimlico Racetrack in northwest Baltimore City, and Laurel […]

Slots In Maryland: Winners Are Cordish Cos. and Arundel Mills Mall

February 3, 2009


UPDATE — Statewide, bidders offer to put in 6,550 slot machines out of 15,000 possible. Cordish at Arundel Mills would be the largest — 4,750 slots at a $1 billion slots palace, in an adults-only building separate from the mall.  Second largest number of slot machines would be 800 at Ocean Downs racetrack near Ocean […]