Perhaps I may be giving Pennsylvania way too much credit. Or perhaps it is simply too early to tell if Pennsylvania has officially knocked Atlantic City off of its horse and is racing ahead of the competition in other states like Maryland and Delaware. There are so many factors to consider. We are still in the midst of a recession and people just are not spending money like they used to. Because Pennsylvania got involved in gambling a good deal before the recession hit, Pennsylvania is one of the states least affected by the recession. The slot machine revenue really helped address the deficit issues.
The new Hollywood Casino at Perryville in Cecil County, Maryland had a hell of an opening week and the week is not even open. Visitors from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and of course from within the state came out to get the feel of the newest gambling den in the region. The casino has been slammed for the four days that it has been open. There is no sign of it letting up seeing as the casino will be the only one in the state for the next few months and perhaps the rest of the year.
It is quite possible that when Maryland get its feet on the ground that it will give Pennsylvania as much a run for its money as Pennsylvania did New Jersey. It is also not impossible that once the recession clears up the Atlantic City will remerge as a force to be reckoned with in the region.