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      Horseshoe Casino Baltimore now open in Maryland

      BALTIMORE, Md. (AP/WJLA) - The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore opened Tuesday, marking a new milestone in Maryland's development of casino gambling.

      The casino is the fifth and last of the five casinos initially planned when lawmakers approved slot machine gambling in a 2007 special session, a plan later approved by voters in a statewide vote in 2008.

      The Baltimore casino is home to 2,500 slot machines and 122 table games like blackjack.

      While the state initially planned for five casinos, a sixth one located in Prince George's County was approved in a 2012 special session, when lawmakers also allowed table games in addition to slot machines.

      The casino at National Harbor is on track for a 2016 opening. That casino also was approved in a statewide vote.