Maryland slot machines at Rosecroft Raceway opposed by ministers

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A group of ministers is once again fighting the Devil's game — otherwise known as slot machines — in Prince George's County, Md., this time targeting plans at Rosecroft Raceway. In a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley, the Collective Empowerment Group wrote, “The constant attempt by gaming companies to promote additional gaming in our county are inconsistent with our values ... and will be opposed vigorously.”

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If this sounds familiar, it's because they did the same thing several years ago, opposing a voter referendum allowing thousands of slots at five Maryland locations. (The referendum passed.) As the Post reports, the letter comes as Penn National Gaming, which owns the Fort Washington horse track, prepares to reopen for simulcasting on Thursday.

Penn National maintains that it needs additional revenue to be viable in the long term, and that slots and table games might provide that. As before, it will require General Assembly approval and a statewide ballot measure. Voters approved the last one by nearly a 3-to-2 ratio, so it's doubtful they'll be swayed by the same moral argument. Maybe the should ministers should shift strategies and publicize slots' awful odds.

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