Maryland Live Casino Owner Argues Against National Harbor Casino

David Cordish says there's no need for a casino so close to his

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    The Maryland Live casino at Arundel Mills is set to open in just a few days, making it the fifth casino in the state.

    And its owner wants it to be the last casino in Maryland for a while.

    David Cordish met with lawmakers last week to discuss the issue of a possible sixth casino at National Harbor. Cordish has consistently urged authorities to put off development plans, asking them to wait and see if the Arundel Mills casino is successful.

    Cordish, who’s spent around $550 million on this casino, is upset with the possibility of a nearby competitor, which he says could take as much as 40 percent of his business.

    He told the lawmakers that he would have made this casino much smaller had he known about the National Harbor location.

    The Workgroup to Consider Gaming Expansion panel has until June 20 to come to an agreement on a possible sixth casino.

    Governor Martin O’Malley would then call a special session to begin July 9, and lawmakers would agree to put the issue on the November ballot.

    Maryland Live at Arundel Mills is set to open this coming Wednesday at 10 p.m.