The House rules for Md. slots operators


The gaming floor at Maryland Live! casino in Anne Arundel County. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Other provisions of the bill are more straight-forward: Casinos could keep 80 percent of revenue from table games; facilities would be allowed to stay open 24 hours; and casino owners would be prohibited from making campaign contributions in Maryland.

Here’s a site-by-site rundown of how and when operator shares of slots revenue would change under the House bill:

Anne Arundel County

Maryland Live! at Arundel Mills mall (Cordish Cos.)

4,750 slot machines projected by fall; opened June 2012

Current operator share: 33 percent

Eventual operator share: 49 percent to 51 percent

* Guaranteed 8 percent increase in 2015 for taking over responsibility of procuring slot machines (currently the state does this for casino owners)

* Guaranteed 8 percent increase in mid-2016 when a Prince George’s County facility opens

* Possible additional increase of up to 2 percent when Prince George’s opens, based on appeal to state

Baltimore

Harrah’s downtown (Caesars Entertainment/Rock Gaming)

3,750 machines allowed; projected opening 2014

Current operator share: 33 percent (minus ground rent to city)

Eventual operator share: 46 percent to 49 percent

* Guaranteed 6 percent increase upon opening for taking responsibility of procuring slot machines

* Guaranteed 7 percent increase when Prince George’s facility opens

* Possible additional increase of up to 3 percent when Prince George’s opens, based on appeal to state

Prince George’s County

Possible locations include National Harbor (MGM) and Rosecroft Raceway (Penn National Gaming)

3,000 machines allowed; projected opening mid-2016

Eventual operator share: Up to 44 percent

* Bids accepted up to 38 percent

* Guaranteed 6 percent increase upon opening for taking responsibility of procuring slot machines

Cecil County

Hollywood Casino Perryville (Penn National Gaming)

1,500 machines; opened September 2010

Current operator share: 33 percent

Eventual operator share: 39 percent to 44 percent

* Guaranteed 6 percent increase in 2015 for taking over responsibility of procuring slot machines

* Possible additional increase of up to 5 percent when Prince George’s opens

Worcester County

Casino at Ocean Downs (William Rickman)

800 machines; opened January 2011

Current operator share: 33 percent

Eventual operator share: 43 percent to 49 percent

* Guaranteed 6 percent increase if the operator chooses to take over responsibility for procuring slot machines

* Guaranteed 10 percent increase in July 2013 to reflect challenges of a smaller market

Allegany County

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort (Evitts Resort)

500 machines planned; projected 2013 opening

Current operator share: 50 percent for first 10 years of operations

Eventual operator share: 43 to 49 percent

* Guaranteed 6 percent increase if the operator chooses to take over responsibility for procuring slot machines

* Mandated 7 percent decrease after first 10 years of operations

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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