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The Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Md. is opening ahead of schedule.
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The Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Md. is opening ahead of schedule.

By Kavitha Cardoza

Maryland's first slots casino is set to open today, ahead of schedule. The Hollywood Casino is in Perryville, about 40 miles north of Baltimore, and has 1,500 slot machines.

A spokeperson for Penn National Gaming, the company behind the casino, says the state lottery commission gave the go-ahead to open after a successful demonstration over the weekend. The gaming company had said it might push back the opening as state regulators examine whether it inappropriately interfered with another company's efforts to build a casino in Anne Arundel County.

Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to be at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Perryville casino this Thursday.

The Maryland Lottery Commission recently approved a code of conduct for lottery employees.

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