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Bigger Baltimore Slots Site On Track, Consultant Says

While the fate of some Maryland slots sites remains uncertain, a consultant for the group seeking to operate a parlor in downtown Baltimore says plans are on track for a larger facility than proposed -- and at a slightly different location.

In February, the Baltimore City Entertainment Group emerged as the only bidder for a Baltimore license, one of five authorized by the state. At the time, the group applied for 500 machines, well below the maximum of 3,750 allowed at the site.

Michael Cryor, a consultant to the group, said that it is now close to formalizing a rumored change in its application to install 3,750 machines.

The group is also now looking to construct a building to house the machines a few hundred yards away from the previous location. The new site on Russell Street, which was reported this morning by The Daily Record, would be more visible and be further away from neighborhoods, Cryor said. The building remains within a geographic zone defined by state legislators and approved by voters last fall, said Cryor, a former chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party.

All slots licenses must ultimately be approved by a state commission, which is expected to make decisions starting this fall.

By John Wagner  |  August 6, 2009; 12:04 PM ET
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At least in Baltimore, the people are getting some protection from the operations of this slots casino. Anne Arundel County is being victimized by its own success. Laurel was the discussed site and now Cordish company wants to introduce slots at Arundel Mills. Imagine, an adult entertainment center in a shopping center for families. This MD commission has to do a better job of protecting the people in the impacted jurisdictions. This whole thing is to make money, not destroy lives, deminish existing growth areas or contaminate existing neighborhoods. It always amazes me, how officials are so shortsighted in considering just the dollars going into the " new business" and not the millions in private homes and small businesses already carrying the weight of supporting the state. This commission is to act in the people's best interest, I hope it remembers that.

Posted by: CarmanK | August 6, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

What about the "deposit" that the license applicants were supposed to make? It was based on the number of slot machines, so BE saved millions of dollars by stating it only wanted 500 machines rather than 3,750! This is the first test for the Maryland regulatory system to see how they handle this inequity!

Posted by: rogerGG | August 6, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

CarmanK hit the 'nail on the head' with her comments. The Anne Arundel State Delegation dropped the ball when forming the statewide referendum when they did not provide simular protections to Baltimore City. How did they not see this issue comming back to bite them? Laurel Park will sue the state if Cordish gets the license, and Cordish will sue the state if they do not. We will still be talking about this issue for years to come.

go to www.stopslotsatamm.com for more facts.

Posted by: Rob_A | August 6, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Micheal Cryor is a "gaming consultant?" When did THAT happen? Michael Cryor is, in fact, a former Maryland Democratic Party official and gambling newcomer/parasite.

Let's properly identify the players and give them full credit for their corrupt dealings tying party politics and gambling money. Disgusting.

Posted by: WoodrowRoosevelt | August 10, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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