A Maryland panel gave tentative approval Tuesday to a proposal by Caesars Entertainment to decrease the number of slot machines at its planned Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore to make room for tables games and poker tables.
Under the amended plan, Caesars aims to open next year with 2,500 slot machines instead of the 3,750 that it proposed when the state awarded a a license to operate a facility near the stadium where the Baltimore Ravens play.
That was before Maryland voters approved a referendum in November allowing table games, such as black jack and roulette, in Maryland casinos, which previously offered only slots.
The two-story Horseshoe will feature 100 table games and 30 poker tables under the amended plan. Even with the lower number of slots machines, the facility will be Caesars’ fifth largest in the country, according to a presentation made Tuesday by the company.
The plan was approved by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission pending approval by a separate state panel of some changes in the financing structure of the casino.
Caesars broke ground on the casino late last month, saying it was on track to open in mid-2014. It will be Maryland’s fifth casino. A sixth has been authorized for Prince George’s County.