Maryland's 1st slots parlor to open next week

Sep 23, 2010 8:52 AM

Officials say Maryland's first slots casino is on track to open by the end of the month in Cecil County.

A spokesman for Penn National Gaming (PENN) says the company is working to open the 1,500-machine Hollywood Casino Perryville on Sept. 30. Last week the company said it might push back the opening while state regulators decide whether they had interfered with another effort to build a casino in Anne Arundel County.

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Slots commission chairman Donald Fry tells The Baltimore Sun that the Penn National casino is on track to open next week. Plans are set for a "coin test," and a trial casino night for charity is scheduled for this weekend.

Penn National also has agreed to help own and operate Laurel Park racetrack.