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Table Gaming at Md.'s Ocean Downs Could Affect Del. Casinos

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DOVER, Del.- Maryland is hoping to get a boost from the new casino planned for Prince George's County and table games that will be coming to Oceans Downs in Worcester County.

But Maryland's gain could be Delaware's loss.

"In a relatively short amount of time we're going to have significant competition from Maryland in our table games," said Dover Downs CEO Ed Sutor. "And it will be have another negative impact on an industry that's been on its heels."

But some casino patrons say habit, not proximity, will keep them coming to Delaware casinos.

"We've never been to the one in Ocean City and we're probably closer to Ocean City than we are here, but we just come here," said Maryland resident Carol Burton.

Anneliese Willens said she will keep making the nearly hour-long drive to Harrington Raceway and Casino because of the perks she gets, instead of going to Maryland.

"I get 10 free dinners a month and we get two breakfasts a week and we can bring a guest, so that makes it four," Willens said.

Sutor said Delaware casinos also have to deal with having the highest tax rate for table games in the Mid-Atlantic.

"That law that just came into effect, the tax rates in Maryland dropped significantly below ours," he said. "Table games are coming in at a rate that's virtually half of what we pay here."

Sutor said the Delaware gaming industry hopes legislators will change the tax rate so they are more able to compete with casinos in Maryland.

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