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Lawmakers Expect Legislation On Table Games To Be Introduced

November 10th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

Fearful that Maryland may soon become a non factor in the gaming industry and lose out on a major revenue stream to neighboring states- many lawmakers expect legislation to be introduced next year calling for legalizing table games. Games such as blackjack, poker and roulette could be part of a referendum ballot question in 2012- if enough support is generated next year to pass the bill during the General Assembly session. While voters overwhelmingly approved slot machines at five locations more than three years ago- to date only three of the five parlors are operating- while surrounding states are moving full steam ahead with expanded gambling opportunities. Casinos in Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia offer table games. Maryland Gaming Commission Chair Donald Fry tells WCBC News that believes momentum for table games is gaining in Annapolis…

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