Maryland Voters Approve Casino Expansion

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Maryland recently passed a referendum to expand casino operations across the state, which could help generate new jobs for gaming workers with the right qualifications on their resumes

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The Washington Times reports that once the law becomes official in December, a newly appointed state commission will lay out guidelines for establishments to introduce new games such as poker and blackjack beginning in 2013.

Caesars Entertainment was quick to respond to the passage of the new law, saying it will spend an additional $25 million and hire 500 more people than it originally planned when it first announced it would open a casino in Baltimore.

The addition of table games allows Caesars to build a larger and more exciting casino in the city, which will result in creating hundreds of more good-paying jobs for area residents and a greater capital investment in our downtown, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. A larger, more competitive facility only strengthens Baltimore's opportunities to create jobs.

In Prince George's County, MGM is planning to build an $800 million casino and resort at National Harbor by the Potomac River that would include 3,000 slot machines, as well as gaming tables. The new MGM is slated to open in 2016, according to The Associated Press.

Many casinos in Maryland will also likely need to hire additional staff since the new law will allow the establishments to operate around the clock.

Candidates thinking about entering the emerging gaming field will need a variety of skills on their resume, including customer service relations, time management and mathematics.

It appears that job seekers looking to work in the casino industry may also have luck in a number of other states as well.

In Rhode Island, voters there also endorsed a proposal that would allow Twin River casino in Lincoln to offer table games in order to compete with neighboring Massachusetts, where a number of gambling venues are expected to open in the future. Twin River officials told the news agency that it will start to hire an additional 350 workers immediately as it gets ready to renovate space for 65 new gambling tables.

In Pennsylvania, Steve Wynn is eyeing a 60-acre site on the Delaware River as a new home for a casino and hotel in Philadelphia. Two other groups have also come forward with proposals to build casinos in the city, including Parx Casino, which is looking to build the Stadium Casino that would have 2,000 slots  and 125 tables in South Philadelphia.

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