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Maryland casino revenue decreased 2 percent in January, with Hollywood Casino Perryville figures continuing to slide.
Maryland's incursion into the world of legalized gambling is likely to bring the state millions of dollars in tax revenues, but industry experts predict the decision to allow table games will continue a decades-long tradition of states cannibalizing one another's markets for personal gain.
Maryland voters have agreed to let the state's casinos offer tables games and the largest Maryland Live! plans to hire 1,200 workers to staff the tables.
Here is an overview of Maryland legislation to expand gambling in the state passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Maryland lawmakers are still waiting for the big payout from the Legislature's gamble more than four years ago on legalized slot machines. To truly hit the jackpot, though, some lawmakers believe the state must expand gambling further, through table games and a Washington-area casino, to be competitive with nearby states and generate the dollars needed for education and other needs.