O'Malley remains cool to table games in Md.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) remains opposed to legalizing table games at Maryland casinos, he said Tuesday as he visited a Cecil County slots site set to open this fall.
As Maryland struggles to get its slots program off the ground, surrounding states, some of which have had slots for years, are now embracing black jack, roulette and other Las Vegas-style table games.
A state commission has said Maryland should consider the addition of such games, there is support among some leading state senators and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has said he is open to the idea if returned to office.
But O'Malley, visiting the site of Hollywood Casino Perryville, said one of the strong selling points of the 2008 ballot measure on slots was the "moderate nature" of Maryland's proposed program, which allows up to five locations.
As passed, the measure requires Maryland lawmakers to hold another referendum if they want to expand the types of gaming or number of slots casinos authorized in the state.
O'Malley also said Tuesday that he remains unconvinced that Maryland needs to reopen debate over the share of proceeds slots operators are allowed to keep. The current split -- 33 percent -- is among the lowest in the country. O'Malley said he considered that provision a selling point of the ballot measure as well, since it allows a larger share to go to education programs.
May 26, 2010; 7:49 AM ET
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