Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley intends to introduce a plan later this week at a special legislative session that will overhaul the Maryland gambling industry, a task that desperately needs to be done if Maryland ever expects to compete seriously in the region. However, with all of the things that the governor intends to introduce, people seem to be hung up on the one thing that does not seem to be as important as the others. I feel like the creation of a new casino in Prince George’s County, though significant, is not as much as a game changer as the rest of the changes proposed in the governor’s plan. I suppose whenever a new casino is to be built in a state there is always a lot of back and forth about whether it is a good idea, however I believe there is room for at least one more casino in Maryland.
The real item that people should be focused on is that the plan will finally bring table games to the Maryland casinos. Table games will not only make the casinos of Maryland far more competitive than just electronic gaming, such as slot machines and bingo, but it will also create more jobs in the state. Another important change is that the plan will lower the tax on slot machines that most people found unreasonable anyway. This means that Maryland will finally be able to attract casino operators with much better reputations. While people like to get bent out of shape over a new casino, there are other things to consider.