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Winning Bid for P.G. County Casino to Be Announced Dec. 20

WI Web Staff | 11/24/2013, 7 p.m.
MGM Resorts International is proposing an $800 million resort and casino at National Harbor.

Maryland officials will choose the winning bid to build a casino in Prince George's County on Dec. 20 — a long-awaited decision that will finally draw the lengthy and oft-contentious competition to a close.

On Tuesday, a team of consultants contracted by the commission for the state's Lottery and Gaming Control Agency is expected to issue a report to all involved parties.

The commission will then hold a meeting Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. in the Joint Legislative Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building in Annapolis, during which consultants will present their findings to the commission and each applicants will be given a chance to respond to the findings.

Six days later there will be a public conference call with both the consultants and applicants to address any additional questions or research.

The decision will be made on Dec. 20 during a 10 a.m. meeting at 1800 Washington Blvd. in Baltimore.

Three bidders are vying for a casino license in Oxon Hill and Fort Washington. MGM Resorts International is proposing the National Harbor location; Penn National Gaming, owner of Rosecroft Raceway, is proposing the $700 million Hollywood Casino Resort. Bensalem, Pa.-based Greenwood Racing Inc., has proposed the $800 million Parx Casino Hotel & Spa in Fort Washington, at the intersection of Route 210 and Old Fort Road.

Of the three bids, the National Harbor location has received the most support from Prince George's County officials.

WI Prince George's County/Maryland reporter Joshua Garner contributed to this report.