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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Not Enthusiastic About Push To Legalize Table Games

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley isn’t enthusiastic about a push to legalize table games in Maryland casinos.

O’Malley spoke Wednesday night during a forum at The Sun with the newspaper’s opinion editor, Andrew Green, who posed questions submitted by Maryland residents to the governor.

Asked about his thoughts on expanding gambling in Maryland, O’Malley said: “I’m not barking up that tree.”

Legislation in Annapolis would allow table games at Maryland casinos. It also would allow a casino to be built in Prince George’s County.

Maryland casinos are limited to slot machines. Two casinos are currently open in Maryland in Perryville and near Ocean City. A third in Anne Arundel County is due to open this summer. Bidders are seeking licenses for casinos in Baltimore city and Rocky Gap State Park.

Gambling, in various fashions, has been in debate around the region as of late. Last week, the D.C. City Council voted to repeal legislation that legalized online gaming within the district.

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