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Public Hearing On Rocky Gap Slots Held

November 9th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

A hearing was conducted late Tuesday afternoon to allow members of the public to comment on plans to bring slots to Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort. The five hour event featured a walk through tour of the resort and presentations from the two qualified bidders for the slots license at the facility about their plans for the facility. The presentation and hearing were part of a meeting of the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission. Two companies have slots proposals for Rocky Gap in the running; a third proposal was thrown out by the commission. The Maryland Economic Development Corp., a quasi-governmental agency, owns the resort located inside Rocky Gap State Park. The larger of the two bids is a cooperative effort between two companies — Lakes Entertainment Inc. of Minnesota, which already operates casinos, and Paragon Project Resources of Irving, Texas.  Evitts placed a bid for 850 machines to start and 150 additional machines, for a total of 1,000. A real estate company owned by former state Democratic Party Chairman Nathan Landow bid for 500 machines.  Gaming Commission Chair Donald Fry said the public presentations are an important part of the process- and the hope is that a license will be awarded next month…

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