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Gambling opens door to full-fledged casinos in Maryland

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Once reluctant to embrace large-scale gambling, Maryland is now on track to potentially become a major casino state on the East Coast.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett have scheduled a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the significance of Tuesday's vote in support of allowing table games like blackjack and a casino in Prince George's.

At first, Maryland lawmakers were leery of full-fledged casinos. In 2007, after years of debate, they settled on allowing five casinos with only slot machines. Voters approved in 2008. It took Tuesday's vote four years later, however, to fully open the door to casinos with all the offerings after the most expensive political advertising campaign in Maryland's history.

Voters approved with 52 percent of the vote.

By BRIAN WITTE Associated Press

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