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Gaming officials say Maryland's three casinos generated more than $45 million in revenue in December.
Maryland's incursion into the world of legalized gambling is likely to bring the state millions of dollars in tax revenues, but industry experts predict the decision to allow table games will continue a decades-long tradition of states cannibalizing one another's markets for personal gain.
Casino proponents in Maryland rejoiced when November's referendum passed, saying it would keep gambling money in state. And though bus tours to Atlantic City have seen a decline since Maryland Live! and other casinos opened, some gamblers say it doesn't matter how many casinos Maryland builds or how many table games it adds -- trips to Atlantic City are less about the bets and more about the escape.
Campaign finance reports show more than $93 million was raised in the campaign to expand gambling in Maryland, a record amount.
Following the approval of Question 7 in Maryland that allows an $800 million luxury casino to likely be built at National Harbor, District officials and business have been wondering if they needed to start pursuing a casino of their own.
Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry announced plans on Wednesday to launch a new committee supporting the passage next month of Maryland's expanded gambling plan.
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