The fight over Question 7, Maryland’s gambling expansion referendum, was not just the most expensive campaign in state history. It was also the most disingenuous. MGM, which stood to benefit from the addition of table games, spent millions convincing Marylanders it would create jobs and fund schools and whiten teeth. Penn National Gaming, which stood to lose out on the deal, spent millions convincing Marylanders it would increase poverty and suicide and crime.
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Downtown Baltimore’s imminent full-blown casino, Horseshoe Baltimore (formerly Harrah’s), has agreed to make “commercially reasonable efforts” to award many of its 1,700 jobs to city residents. Now, to my mind, agreeing to make a “reasonable effort” is far cry from actually agreeing to do the thing. But the agreement has a few more teeth than that.
It was just going to be called Harrah’s Baltimore, but since the location will feature 80 – 110 table games (as allowed per Maryland’s Question 7) in addition to slots, Caesars Entertainment will be calling the casino by the brand it uses for all its table game sites outside of Las Vegas: Horseshoe. Horseshoe Baltimore, to be precise.
Courtesy Citybizlist – Potomac Gourmet Market sits just a block away from MGM Resorts International’s new visitor center at National Harbor.
It is one of dozens of local businesses that may be affected by the outcome of Question 7, the Maryland ballot item that could decide whether MGM will be allowed to build a casino at the Prince George’s County site. The visitor center opened in September as part of MGM’s campaign to win approval for a destination casino.
Sure, I’m skeptical of politicians in general. But there is just something about the way the groups in support of Question 7 — which would allow Maryland’s current slots parlors locations to add table games and a casino in Prince George’s County — harp on the benefit to jobs and education; I believe it less every time I hear it.