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As many as a third of the Perryville slot machines will be returned to the state.
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As many as a third of the Perryville slot machines will be returned to the state.

The Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Md., has notified state officials that it plans to return 400 to 500 slot machines to the state because of declining revenues.

Bill Hayles, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino, sent a letter to state Sen. Nancy Jacobs to let her know the casino plans to return about one-third of its 1,500 machines. The state leases slot machines to its casinos.

Hayles says revenues at the Perryville casino have declined since the June opening of the state's largest casino in Anne Arundel County. The Maryland Live Casino generated $28.5 million in its opening month, more than twice the amount made by Hollywood Casino and Ocean Downs Casino combined during the same period.

The casino expects to lose more business when a casino in Baltimore opens in 2014.

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