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Maryland Slot Revenue Jeopardized as Delaware Expands Gambling

Friday, May 15, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD - As reported by the Baltimore Sun: "Delaware could soon offer gamblers table games and sports betting in addition to slots and horse racing - a move some Maryland leaders said
  could jeopardize revenues Maryland was hoping to generate from its slots-only parlors.

The Delaware legislature on Tuesday approved the gambling expansion, and Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, signed the bill into law Thursday at Delaware Park.

The new law declares the state's intent to allow table games, such as blackjack, craps and roulette, in casinos at the state's three horse racetracks. A three-person panel will have 75 days to recommend a revenue split and make other suggestions before table games can be given final legislative approval. Rep. Peter C. Schwartzkopf, who wrote the gambling expansion bill, said lawmakers want the table games up and running "as quickly as possible," perhaps by early next year.

The law also makes Delaware the only state east of the Mississippi River to allow sports betting, which is federally prohibited in most states, including Maryland. Only Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware are exempted from the federal law..."

"Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller worried that competition from bigger and more diverse casinos in Delaware would bleed revenue from Maryland's nascent slots program and decried a "crippling" provision that requires any new forms of gambling be approved by voter referendum, thereby delaying Maryland's ability to follow Delaware's lead..."

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