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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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