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Mr. Fry said officials hope to award a license for the Baltimore site by the end of June.

Along with speeding up slots implementation, many officials are calling for legalization of table games to help Maryland’s gambling industry catch up with other states.

The General Assembly could use a potential August special session to consider legalizing table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County.

Some stakeholders near other casino sites worry that expansion could oversaturate the state’s gambling market, but Mr. Edwards said Rocky Gap would benefit greatly from table games and would be shielded from competition by its remote location.

“We think table games would definitely help at Rocky Gap,” said Tim Cope, president of Lakes Entertainment Inc., parent company of Lakes Maryland Development LLC. “With a destination resort and the hotel rooms, it’s a natural fit for a table-games environment.”