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New Casino in Arundel Mills: “Slots, Slots, and More Slots”

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The Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills Mall is set to open next week. At 10 p.m. — on June 6th — Maryland Live (plus that terrible little exclamation point at the end) will become Maryland’s third operating casino, along with Ocean Downs in Worcester and Hollywood Casino in Cecil County.

Maryland Live! is the most recent of several new casinos, but not for long — two more, one in Baltimore City and one in Alleghany — have already been approved and are scheduled to open in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

(One of Tuesday’s Links will take you to yet another announcement for a Maryland Casino.)

Maybe it’s just the fact that I went on a lot of movie dates at Arundel Mills Mall in eighth grade (I even bought my first band tee from the mall’s Hot-Topic), but the news — not to mention the proximity of this new casino — is starting to make me think a lot about what the gambling industry can mean to a community.

Welcome to Fabulous Baltimore City

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Overshadowed as it was by the historic election of Barack Obama, it’s easy for us Marylanders to forget the other big decision we made in November 2008 — the approval of slot-machine gambling in the state (allowing 15,000 machines total, of which 3,750 would be in Baltimore City).

There are already casinos in Perryville and Ocean Downs, and we in Baltimore are now closer than ever to lying in that particular bed we made — last week the state slots commission accepted bids to operate at Maryland’s remaining future casino sites. After rejecting two bids for incomplete proposals Caesars Entertainment is now the only business vying for the Baltimore location (Russell Street) and there are only two groups left to fight over the Allegany County site.

In an article in The Sun, the chairman of the state slots commission expressed his intent to have all five licenses granted by early next year.

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