January 17th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Friday the 13th did prove unlucky for former state Democrat Party Chairman Nathan Landow as the Maryland's slots commission threw out a bid by his group to build a casino at Rocky Gap, leaving a single offer in play for the Western Maryland resort. The decision concerning one of Maryland's five casino sites came as lawmakers sparred over the idea of expanding gambling to a sixth location and allowing table games as well as the current slot machines. Friday's decision means that only one group, Evitts Resort, has a proposal before the state to open a casino at the struggling resort in Allegany County. The group is a joint venture of three businesses and takes its name from a nearby mountain ridge. It has offered to open a casino with 850 slot machines. Delegate Leroy Myers tells WCBC News that he has talked with commission members who are still evaluating that group's proposal and they believe a decision with be made within a month.