Casino Operator’s License Issued for Prince George’s County

The Video Lottery Facility Location Commission (VLFLC) today issued a Prince George’s County casino operator’s license to MGM National Harbor, LLC. The casino and entertainment complex is expected to feature 3,600 slot machines, 140 table games, a spa, hotel, and an entertainment venue. More than 4,000 jobs will be created.

The selection came after a thorough, seven-month evaluation process that included background investigations to determine the applicants’ suitability; public presentations and forums; assessments by consultants with expertise in gaming, infrastructure and economics; and hours of discussion and consideration by VLFLC members. The Commissioners were tasked with evaluating each proposal to determine which of the three applicants could develop a facility that would serve the best interests of the state and the residents of Prince George’s County. That decision was determined based on criteria set forth in the statute, which, by law, placed 70 percent on business and market factors, 15 percent on economic development factors and 15 percent on location siting factors.

“The commission took on a difficult decision with three very viable proposals,” said VLFLC Chairman Donald C. Fry. “Using the criteria set forth in the statute, they looked at it in a deliberative, thoughtful, intelligent fashion. I think the group made a decision that’s going to benefit the citizens of Maryland and the state’s gaming industry moving forward.”

Chairman Fry noted the large amount of work the Commissioners put forth on the project: “It is the epitome of public service to take on a responsibility of this level for no compensation whatsoever and devote hours of time from their businesses and personal lives to make a decision of this magnitude.”

To ensure transparency in the process, and to be in compliance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act, all VLFLC meetings have been open to the public and relevant documents posted to the MLGCA’s gaming website directly after each meeting. Transcripts of all Commission meetings will be posted to the site in early January. A decision statement will be released and posted in early January as well.

State law allows the casino to open as soon as July 2016.