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Maryland Commission Approves Luxury Casino At National Harbor

MGM has proposed a luxury casino for National Harbor in Prince George's County.
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MGM has proposed a luxury casino for National Harbor in Prince George's County.

MGM Resorts International has won a license for a new casino near the nation's capital in Maryland.

A state commission voted 5-2 in favor of MGM's bid Friday in Baltimore.

MGM proposed building a $925 million resort near the Potomac River at National Harbor with a 300-suite hotel, casino and seven restaurants. The casino plan includes 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games like blackjack and roulette.

Prince George's Racing Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Penn National, and Maryland Casino LLC, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing, also proposed building a casino in Prince George's County, not far from Washington.

Maryland voters approved a casino in the county last year after lawmakers agreed to expand gambling in a special session.

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The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

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