Gambling boom on Maryland’s borders


Gambling boom on Maryland’s borders

West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware add table games as Maryland still hasn’t opened slots parlors

If you wanted to play blackjack, poker and roulette on the East Coast, you used to have to drive to Atlantic City. Now you just have to drive to Maryland’s borders.

That short trip is what Baltimore charter company Superior Tours is betting on. It has begun weekly trips to the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia, about a 90-minute drive west of Baltimore. Superior Tours packed two buses for its inaugural trip to Charles Town this month.

“We’ve been taking people to Atlantic City for 16 years,” said Marc Komins, an executive vice president at Superior Tours. “This was half the distance and half the price, so I thought our Atlantic City customers would enjoy going somewhere for a shorter day for half the money.”

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-gambling-boom-20100725,0,5920075.story

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