Caesars Entertainment got the reprieve it was seeking after a Maryland panel gave tentative approval last week to the casino’s restructuring proposal of slots and table games.
The operator’s Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore was initially set to open 3,750 slot machines inside its casino after being awarded a license to operate a facility just a stone’s throw away from M&T Bank Stadium.
But after Maryland voters approved a referendum late last year to give the go-ahead on table games in the state’s casinos, Caesars Entertainment amended its plan to accommodate these table games in lieu of cutting down its slot machines. With the amendment plan, the two-story Horseshoe Casino will now feature 2,500 slot machines, 100 table games, and around 30 poker tables.
Caesars’ modified gambling offering/plan was given the stamp of approval by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission. Despite getting the support, Caesars’ amended plan still can’t take into effect, at least until a separate state panel also gives the proverbial thumbs up.
However this plays out, and there’s little reason why Caesars’ amended plan won’t see the light of day, the Horseshoe Casino is still on schedule to open its doors in about a year’s time. Once the lights are on, it becomes the fifth casino in Maryland to go live.
At the same time, the casinos becomes the fifth largest in the country under the Caesars Entertainment brand. And with the state’s casinos, particularly Maryland Live!, performing the way it has in the past year, there’s reasonable expectation from a lot of folks that the Horseshoe Casino will also get its fair share of gamblers.
Having the variety of slots, table games, and poker tables will only add to the interest of hitting up this soon-to-open casino joint.