Slots commission may dismiss two bids
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.