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July 6, 2011

Perryville parlor sees summer doldrums

Gaming revenues dipped for second straight month due to lackluster returns at the state's largest casino in Perryville, The Sun reported today.

Revenues were up slightly at the Ocean Downs casino -- summer is supposed to be their best season -- but the bump on the shore wasn't enough to buoy overall revenues, according to a story by colleague Hanah Cho. The combined VLT program brought in $13.3 million in May. In June the total dropped to $12.6 million.

Maryland voters approved five casinos in 2008, but only two are operational. Late last month officials issued an RFP for Rocky Gap -- the third attempt to find a developer willing to turn the failing resort into a casino. The state is also awaiting a second round of bidding on a proposed project in Baltimore City.

A fifth casino is under construction at the Arundel Mills shopping mall.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 10:52 AM | | Comments (1)
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Is that all this is going to generate? We were told $660 million for schools. At this rate they are looking at around $75 million, and they still haven't paid off the debt they took on to buy the machines! So they are running at about, what? Ten or fifteen percent of estimates? How is it that this isn't a bigger story? Somebody didn't tell the truth back when it mattered.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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