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Maryland legislators will meet in a special session Thursday to debate Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to expand gambling to Prince George's County.
A workgroup has failed to reach a consensus on gambling expansion in Maryland, meaning there will be no special session on the issue, and a sixth casino will not be recommended for Prince George's County this year.
MGM Resorts International struck an agreement on Friday to build a casino destination at the National Harbor waterfront complex near the nation's capital, if lawmakers end up allowing the casino and table games like blackjack while also cutting the state's high tax on gambling proceeds.
Gamblers are converging on Maryland's largest casino.
Maryland's largest casino is more than three football fields long.
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A Maryland commission approved a slot machine license Thursday for a casino at the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in western Maryland.
The House of Delegates is set to consider a bill that could bring table games and sixth casino to Maryland. Members of the Ways and Means Committee voted Monday to approve a stripped-down version of a Senate bill.
Slot machines in Maryland raked in about 25 percent more revenue in March 2012 than last year.
A billion-dollar casino being proposed by Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker for the National Harbor development is worrying the District of Columbia's lottery and gaming board.
"I don't want to have 'slot barns' where people spend their last dime," Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker told WTOP's Mike Moss and Bruce Alan of his recently proposed casino at National Harbor. "If we build a high-end facility, we'd attract people from Northern Virginia, D.C....and the East Coast."