Dan Gilbert's gambling empire expanding to Maryland in partnership with Caesars

BALTIMORE - Dan Gilbert's Rock Gaming and partner Caesars Entertainment have been awarded a license to operate a new slots only casino in downtown Baltimore.

Plans call for the $300 million Harrah's Baltimore to be built near M&T Bank Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens play. Construction should begin in the spring of next year with the casino opening a year later in 2014.

The casino will feature 3,750 video lottery terminals, or VLTs, along with a number dining options, including a high end steakhouse. Table games though could be approved in Maryland by the time the casino opens.

"We are pleased to have been awarded the license to operate a VLT facility in Baltimore, and look forward to building a unique entertainment experience that will attract customers from across the country," said Gary Loveman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Caesars Entertainment.

"The development of Harrah's Baltimore is part of our plan to develop casinos in urban areas that integrate into and support the surrounding communities. If table games are approved by Maryland's General Assembly in a special session next week, it will add to the customer experiences the property will provide."

In May, Rock Ohio Gaming, an alliance between Caesars and Rock Gaming, opened Horseshoe Cleveland, the first casino in Ohio.

In the first half of 2013, the group plans to open Horseshoe Cincinnati. Caesars is also seeking a license to develop a Caesars-branded property in East Boston with its partner, Suffolk Downs.

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