gambling http://publicradiodelmarva.net en Saving the Delaware Casino Industry http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/saving-delaware-casino-industry <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a panel examining how to keep Delaware's gambling industry competitive say they need more time to submit a report to lawmakers.</p><p>The commission was to submit its findings and recommendations on Friday.</p><p>But state finance secretary Tom Cook, the panel chairman, disclosed Thursday that members now expect to complete their work by Feb. 28.</p><p>A key issue for the panel is how much of a hit the state general fund should take in order to give a financial break to Delaware's three casinos.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:28:57 +0000 Don Rush 48544 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Saving the Delaware Casino Industry Delaware Panel Examines Revenue Sharing Formula With Casinos http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/delaware-panel-examines-revenue-sharing-formula-casinos <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A panel examining how to keep Delaware's gambling industry competitive has yet to decide on recommendations for state lawmakers to consider.</p><p>The lottery and gaming study commission, which faces a Jan. 31 deadline to submit its report, met Monday to review several options, but members could not agree on any of them.</p><p>Several commission members noted that they are still awaiting a report from the accounting firm KPMG on the current status of Delaware's gambling industry.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:28:13 +0000 Don Rush 47284 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Delaware Panel Examines Revenue Sharing Formula With Casinos Delaware Considers Casino Expansion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/delaware-considers-casino-expansion <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a state panel looking at Delaware's gambling industry amid increasing competition from neighboring states is reviewing a report on the feasibility of allowing more casinos in Delaware.</p><p>Lawmakers established the lottery and gaming commission earlier this year to examine the competitive marketplace facing Delaware's gambling industry. The panel, which meets Wednesday at Legislative Hall, is facing a Jan. 31 deadline for reporting its findings and recommendations to the governor and General Assembly.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:15:15 +0000 Don Rush 45700 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Delaware Considers Casino Expansion Three Casinos Bid for Gambling Facility near Washington D.C. http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/three-casinos-bid-gambling-facility-near-washington-dc <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland panel has found that three applicants are suitable to pursue a license to open a casino near the nation&#39;s capital.</p><p>The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission unanimously made the decision on Thursday.</p><p>The applicants are Prince George&#39;s Racing Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Penn National; Maryland Casino, LLC, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing, and MGM National Harbor, LLC, a subsidiary of MGM.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:37:57 +0000 Don Rush 42769 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Three Casinos Bid for Gambling Facility near Washington D.C. Maryland Gambling Revenue Could Top Out Soon http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/maryland-gambling-revenue-could-top-out-soon <p>Maryland gambling revenues may be hitting a ceiling soon with total take at $71 million in gross revenue in August.</p><p>Mark Nichols, an economics professor who specializes in the gambling industry at the University of Nevada in Reno says, don’t expect that expansion to continue.</p><p>There will be more competition in the next three years from the state’s two new casinos in Baltimore and Prince George’s county over the next three years.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:13:32 +0000 Don Rush 41216 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Maryland Gambling Revenue Could Top Out Soon Delaware Casino Owners Warn of Tough Times Ahead http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/delaware-casino-owners-warn-tough-times-ahead <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Representatives of state's gambling industry say times remain tough as Delaware's casinos cope with competition in neighboring states.</p><p>Representatives of Delaware's three casinos gathered with state lottery officials and industry suppliers on Tuesday at a meeting of the state Video Lottery Advisory Council.</p><p>Dover Downs CEO Ed Sutor said his company has seen a sharp drop in table game business and that Delaware casinos will be paying higher fees to suppliers of slot machines under new contracts that are still being negotiated.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:13:25 +0000 Don Rush 37424 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Delaware Casino Owners Warn of Tough Times Ahead Gambling Advisory Council Mulls Competition from Neighboring States http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/gambling-advisory-council-mulls-competition-neighboring-states <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Representatives of Delaware's casino industry are gathering to discuss the state of Delaware's gambling industry.</p><p>The state Video Lottery Advisory Council was to meet Tuesday at Dover Downs.</p><p>The agenda includes a review of the competitive situation with Maryland and Pennsylvania, Delaware lottery initiatives, and manufacturers' new products.</p><p>State lawmakers recently approved a proposal by Gov. Jack Markell to extend an $8 million financial bailout for Delaware's three casinos to help cover anticipated increases in slot machine vendor costs.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:36:54 +0000 Don Rush 37355 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Gambling Advisory Council Mulls Competition from Neighboring States Ocean Downs Casino: Open 24 Hours for the Summer http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ocean-downs-casino-open-24-hours-summer <p>Gamblers could be spending some late nights at Ocean Downs.</p><p>The Casino says it will be open 24 hours a day in coming summer months beginning Friday and running through September 30<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Maryland voters approved the operating hours as part of last year’s referendum.</p><p>And the Gaming Control Commission approved the Worcester County casino’s application to offer slots around the clock.</p><p>However, liquor sales will stop at 4 am for four hours.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:48:12 +0000 Don Rush 34058 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Ocean Downs Casino: Open 24 Hours for the Summer Rockey Gap Could See Gambling http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rockey-gap-could-see-gambling <p></p><p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland casino regulators may allow gambling at the Rocky Gap Lodge &amp; Golf Resort in western Maryland to begin May 22.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/11Wwjh7">Daily Record</a> of Baltimore reports that the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is considering an operations license for resort owner Evitts Resort LLC at its meeting Friday in Baltimore. Evitts is a subsidiary of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Lakes Entertainment Inc.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:02:28 +0000 Don Rush 33136 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Rockey Gap Could See Gambling Almost $100 Million Spent on MD Gambling Campaign http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/almost-100-million-spent-md-gambling-campaign <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Campaign finance reports show more than $93 million was raised in the campaign to expand gambling in Maryland, a record amount.</P> <P>The Washington Post reported Wednesday that campaign finance records show a handful of Washington's biggest media buying firms and Maryland political consultants benefited handsomely from the fight over the ballot question to allow table games like blackjack and a casino in Prince orge's County.</P> <P>The reports show about $90.5 million was spent. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:09:46 +0000 Don Rush 25335 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Almost $100 Million Spent on MD Gambling Campaign Grant for Maryland Center to Help Problem Gamblers http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/grant-maryland-center-help-problem-gamblers <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland School of Medicine says it has received a $5 million grant from the state to create a problem gambling center.</P> <P>The university made the announcement Thursday. The center is being called a first of its kind in the state. A telephone helpline service to refer problem gamblers to treatment and a public awareness campaign are planned by the new center. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:19:39 +0000 Don Rush 21430 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Grant for Maryland Center to Help Problem Gamblers Gambling Expansion Takes Center Stage On Delmarva http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/gambling-expansion-takes-center-stage-delmarva <P><STRONG>MARYLAND</STRONG></P> <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - MGM Resorts International has spent about $8.4 million for advertising to support an expansion of gambling.</P> <P>The Las Vegas company's latest report released Tuesday is about $3 million more than its last report released four days ago. MGM is hoping voters will approve an additional casino site in Prince George's County, near the nation's capital.</P> <P>Penn National Gaming Inc., which is opposing the expansion, has spent about $9.5 million so far. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:32:04 +0000 Don Rush 21331 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Gambling Expansion Takes Center Stage On Delmarva Governor O'Malley Signs Gambling Expansion Bill http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/governor-omalley-signs-gambling-expansion-bill <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley has signed a measure to allow table games like roulette at casinos and a gambling venue in Prince George&#39;s County.</p><p>The governor signed the bill Wednesday, hours after a special session ended after midnight.</p><p>The Democratic Governor says the second special session of the year has created a comprehensive solution to a number of issues that were affecting Maryland&#39;s gaming industry and its ability to compete with surrounding states.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:18:50 +0000 Don Rush 19007 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Governor O'Malley Signs Gambling Expansion Bill Gambling Expansion Bill Goes to MD Governor http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/gambling-expansion-bill-goes-md-governor <p style="line-height: 18pt; background: white"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 11.5pt"><font face="Times New Roman">ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) &mdash; The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to allow a new casino in Prince George&#39;s County as well as table games such as poker and roulette at gambling complexes.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:38:48 +0000 Don Rush 18996 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Gambling Expansion Bill Goes to MD Governor MD House of Delegates Takes Up Gambling http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-house-delegates-takes-gambling <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates began working on a measure to expand gambling as a special session continues in Annapolis.</p><p>The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to work on the bill Monday afternoon.</p><p>The Senate passed the bill 28-14 on Friday, the second day of the special session Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley has called to focus on resolving lingering gambling issues in the state.</p><p>The measure would allow table games like poker and a new casino site in Prince George&#39;s County.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:21:03 +0000 Don Rush 18841 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD House of Delegates Takes Up Gambling MD Senate Begins Debate on Gambling Expansion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-senate-begins-debate-gambling-expansion <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is debating amendments to a measure to permit table games like craps at Maryland casinos and to allow a casino in Prince George&#39;s County.</p><p>The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Nancy Jacobs that would have raised impact grants in Allegany, Cecil and Worcester counties from $200,000 to $400,000.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:26:10 +0000 Don Rush 18663 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Senate Begins Debate on Gambling Expansion Gambling Expansion Out of Senate Committee in Annapolis http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/gambling-expansion-out-senate-committee-annapolis <p>The Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee approved expansion of gambling in the state yesterday on an 11 to 1 vote.</p><p>It came on the first day of a special legislative session in Annapolis to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George&rsquo;s County.</p><p>The measure now goes to the full Senate.</p><p>Owners of the Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel county testified against the measure&hellip;fearing that the sixth casino would damage their business.</p><p>Meanwhile, William Rickman, the owner of Ocean Downs casino on the Eastern Shore, supported the bill.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:41:07 +0000 Don Rush 18629 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Gambling Expansion Out of Senate Committee in Annapolis Maryland Senate Takes Up Gambling Bill http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/maryland-senate-takes-gambling-bill <p>The Maryland State Senate took up legislation this afternoon that would expand gambling by adding table games and a sixth casino in Prince George&rsquo;s County.</p><p>The measure is expected to be taken up by the Senate Budget and Taxation committee.</p><p>It will eventually go to the House of Delegates where it faces a much tougher road to passage.</p><p>A majority of the Lower shore&rsquo;s delegates and senator favor legalizing table games and allowing Ocean downs to stay open 24 hour a day.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 19:03:09 +0000 Don Rush 18563 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Maryland Senate Takes Up Gambling Bill MD Special Session on Gambling Expansion Opens Today http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-special-session-gambling-expansion-opens-today <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers and casino owners are reviewing Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley&#39;s 55-page measure to expand gambling on the eve of a special session.</p><p>O&#39;Malley, for his part, said Wednesday the bill will increase state revenue and jobs. He also says he&#39;s &quot;so sick of this issue&quot; and wants to settle it. The Senate wil convene the special session Thursday.</p><p>The gambling proposals would allow table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George&#39;s County that could open in 2016.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:45:55 +0000 Don Rush 18523 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Special Session on Gambling Expansion Opens Today Delaware Officials Keep Eye On MD Gambling Expansion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/delaware-officials-keep-eye-md-gambling-expansion <p>As Maryland legislators begin the special session on proposals to expand gambling Delaware officials are keeping a close eye on the outcome.</p><p>Governor Jack Markell says that it&rsquo;s clear the industry is becoming more competitive.</p><p>Markell has expanded gambling ranging from sports betting and table games to online gaming and Keno games at sites outside of the casinos.&nbsp;</p><p>The license fees for the state&rsquo;s casinos have also been slashed.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:40:16 +0000 Don Rush 18522 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Delaware Officials Keep Eye On MD Gambling Expansion Gambling Expansion Details Released by MD Governor http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/gambling-expansion-details-released-md-governor <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley&#39;s administration has released details in gambling legislation for a special session this week.</p><p>The provisions made public Tuesday touch on a variety of changes that would come with the addition of table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George&#39;s County.</p><p>A key part of the bill relates to how much money casino operators will keep.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:10:26 +0000 Don Rush 18424 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Gambling Expansion Details Released by MD Governor Quick Maryland Senate Action on Gambling Expansion Expected Next Week http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/quick-maryland-senate-action-gambling-expansion-expected-next-week <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week&#39;s special session to expand gambling.</p><p>In a memo to senators, Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9. After a bill is officially introduced, the Senate will adjourn to allow a hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which will vote on the bill.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:28:20 +0000 Don Rush 17921 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Annapolis Takes Up Gambling Expansion in August http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/annapolis-takes-gambling-expansion-august <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks.</p><p>O&#39;Malley said at a news conference Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller that the session will begin on Aug 9. O&#39;Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state.</p><p>Efforts to expand gambling in the regular session collapsed in the final hours in April. A work group that was convened last month to address the issue failed to reach a consensus.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:12:56 +0000 Don Rush 17630 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Special Session On Gambling Expansion Expected From MD Governor http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/special-session-gambling-expansion-expected-md-governor <p>ANNAPOLIS,&nbsp;Md &nbsp;(AP)&nbsp;House Speaker Michael Busch says he believes Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley has decided to go ahead with a special legislative session to expand gambling in Maryland.</p><p>O&rsquo;Malley held a meeting with House Democrats to get them up to speed for announcement.</p><p>Busch says that he believes the Governor thinks the votes are there for legislative approval.</p><p>The session would look at adding a 6<sup>th</sup> casino site in Prince George&rsquo;s County and adding table games such as blackjack.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:04:50 +0000 Don Rush 17557 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Democratic Leaders In MD House of Delagates to Meet on Gambling Expansion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/democratic-leaders-md-house-delagates-meet-gambling-expansion <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Maryland House of Delegates are scheduled to discuss a push to expand gambling in Maryland.</p><p>The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.</p><p>House Speaker Michael Busch met for about two hours on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland&#39;s largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George&#39;s County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:55:27 +0000 Don Rush 17474 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net O'Malley Works To Allay Baltimore Fears About Gambling Expansion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/omalley-works-allay-baltimore-fears-about-gambling-expansion <p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; color: #333333">ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) &mdash; Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch are trying to allay the concerns that Baltimore lawmakers have about how a casino in Prince George&#39;s County could hurt a planned casino in Baltimore.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:46:59 +0000 Don Rush 17075 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Gambling Expansion Talks Shift To Baltimore http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/gambling-expansion-talks-shift-baltimore <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) &mdash; The push to round up votes to hold a special session for gambling expansion is shifting to Baltimore.</p><p>Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, House Speaker Michael Busch and Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley are scheduled to meet with the city&#39;s House delegation in Baltimore on Wednesday.</p><p>Rawlings-Blake has expressed support for expanding gambling to allow table games at a planned Baltimore casino.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:16:19 +0000 Don Rush 17013 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Governor Hopeful for Solving Impasse on Gambling Expansion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-governor-hopeful-solving-impasse-gambling-expansion <p>Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George&rsquo;s County.</p><p>His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor&rsquo;s residence.</p><p>The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:03:15 +0000 Don Rush 17002 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Meeting of Top Maryland Officials Fails to Reach Agreement on Gambling Expansion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/meeting-top-maryland-officials-fails-reach-agreement-gambling-expansion <p>No decision yet on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to House Speaker Michel Busch who emerged this afternoon from a meeting with Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley and Senate President Mike Miller.</p><p>Meanwhile, Miller who supports expansion told reporters that he believe there are people need more persuading &ndash; or in his words &ndash; we need some elbow grease.</p><p>The key stumbling block is the state&rsquo;s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:15:43 +0000 Don Rush 16958 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Still A Chance to Expand Gambling in Maryalnd This Year http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/still-chance-expand-gambling-maryalnd-year <p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; color: #333333">ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) &mdash; Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley is set to meet with the presiding officers of the Legislature to discuss the prospects of holding a special session in the next few weeks to expand gambling.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="background: white; line-height: 18pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; color: #333333">O&#39;Malley is scheduled to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Tuesday morning at the governor&#39;s residence in Annapolis.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:41:07 +0000 Don Rush 16925 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net