The casino count in the state of Maryland recently increased to five with the opening of the $442 Million Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Opening in fine style with plenty of entertainment that included a performance from pop star Iggy Azalea, both the City Mayor and Gov Martin O’Malley turned out for the event. The casino now employs 1,250 people and is owned by Caesars Entertainment, and it has been the creation of jobs that has been the driving factor behind the opening of Maryland casinos, that, and of course the boosting of the states tax coffers. The Horseshoe Baltimore will in fact pay $11 million in lease and property tax within the first 12 months of operations, however since the doors of casino gambling opened in the state back in 2010, a massive $1.82 Billion has been provided in taxes and gone towards education and housing projects.
There’s a huge amount of casino games available at the Horseshoe Baltimore with a cool 2,500 slots available, alongside 100 table games as well as a unique Baltimore themed restaurant called Marketplace. The casino will be in direct competition with the nearby Maryland Live! which is situated just 12 miles away, however with the Horseshoe’s proximity to the M&T Bank Stadium it’s hoping to attract many Orioles and Ravens fans. Another distinctive feature of the casino is that it holds the city’s one and only round the clock liquor license.
The discussion regarding regulated online gambling in Maryland is still yet to ignite as it’s been made clear that the focus is well and truly on land based casino gaming at present, and nurturing that fledgling industry. It’s very much a case of Maryland taking a back seat on that issue for a while and seeing how things pan out in the state of New Jersey, where online gaming has been regulated by the state since November. Online slots and casino games players can however play casino games online as there are many great online casinos that cater for them, in fact many residents of Maryland, login and play regularly.