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September 28, 2011

Slots commission may dismiss two bids

** UPDATE: Slots commission voted to reject one bid in Baltimore, and one at Rocky Gap

Staff to Maryland's slots commission this afternoon recommended tossing one of the two bids to build a casino in Baltimore and one of the three proposals for Rocky Gap. Commissioners are meeting in a closed session.
Robert Howells of the State Lottery Agency recommended ejecting a bid by Baltimore City Casino LLC, because the group failed to provide the required $22.5 million licensing fee when they submitted their proposal last week. A man attending the meeting who said he was from that group declined to talk to a reporter.

If the commissioner accepts the staff recommendation, the only bid standing for Baltimore will be one headlined by Caesars Entertainment.

Howells also recommended removing Allegany Entertainment Group from the mix of potential casino owners at Rocky Gap. The group had proposed a 200 VLT casino, but failed to provide "numerous" other parts of the bid, Howells said.

Missing elements included affidavits attesting to conflicts of interests by the principals, fees for conducting background checks, and a litigation protest bond. "We feel this is far beyond a minor irregularity," Howells said.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 2:05 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Slots


"because the group failed to provide the required $22.5 licensing fee when they submitted their proposal"

Probably did that on purpose so they can sue and pull their own handle on a taxpayer funded slot!

"a bid by Baltimore City Casino LLC, because the group failed to provide the required $22.5 licensing fee when...."

should that be $22.5 million? thx...steve in federal hill

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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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