Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
|Horseshoe Casino Baltimore|
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Rendering
|Address||1525 Russell St|
|Opening date||August 26, 2014|
|Total gaming space||122,000 sq ft (11,300 m2)|
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is an urban two-story casino, and is the second largest casino in Maryland with a 122,000-square-foot gaming floor. The multi-million dollar facility features video lottery terminals, table games, and a World Series of Poker room. A 20,000-square-foot Baltimore Marketplace featuring authentic Charm City food outlets, three premier restaurants, and several bars and lounges rounds out the food and beverage offerings. 
The $442 million casino is located along Russell Street on Baltimore’s south side, neighboring professional sports venues M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL Baltimore Ravens, and Camden Yards, home of the MLB Baltimore Orioles, as well as Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor.
The casino was developed by CBAC Gaming, a group led by Caesars Entertainment. Other members of the CBAC consortium include Rock Gaming, LLC, CVPR Gaming Holdings, LLC; STRON-MD Limited Partnership and PRT TWO, LLC.
In a 2008 constitutional referendum, Maryland voters approved a video lottery terminal casino facility in Baltimore City, and at four other locations throughout the state. In July 2012, the Maryland Lottery Commission approved a Caesars Entertainment-led consortium bid to develop and operate a gaming facility in downtown Baltimore.
In November 2012, after the most expensive political campaign in Maryland's history, voters approved a 6th casino license in the state, as well as the addition of table games at all Maryland casino sites. Voters approved the expansion of gambling, Question 7, with 52 percent of the vote. More than $90 million was spent between the two campaigns in their efforts to sway voters. Vote Yes on Question 7 was led by MGM Resorts International, The Peterson Cos. and labor organizations. Vote No On 7 was funded almost entirely by Penn National Gaming, owner of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Baltimore Brew has been critical of the city's financial support of the casino, including increased police presence near the casino and planned financial reimbursements, particularly after initial revenue from the casino has proven to be less than anticipated.
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