Though New Jersey legislators are making moves, they could have some competition when it comes to bringing gambling laws into their markets. Now it is Maryland and Maine both that are makign moves towards solidifying their market shares in the northeastern area. Both states are new to gaming and by no means are experts; still this isn’t necessarily a negative thing. They are toying with various rules to see what works for them. The fact that they have premiere gaming could be the first step in becoming gaming centers in their area of the US. Maine of course was debating Oxford County’s petition for a casino. It was the recent recession that changes it all when people opted to vote a casino to be built. A casino was approved for building. This was a huge change because prior to the official vote, the sides were pretty evenly divided. Maryland too has its own gambling initiative going. The state of course has been working iwth Anne Arundel County for some time now to bring a casino to the mall. This would be a huge facility and would introduce a good amount of competition to the area as a whole. This could change the face of gambling in the northeast.
So who is going to win? That depends on what the fickle gaming public are looking for. Since all the states involved are advanced, they know what good casinos should offer. They have a great handle on what needs to happen in terms of gaming floors, promotions, deals, specials, etc. They have strong gaming companies that are able to help them put together the right plans for opening facilities if they don’t have they yet, and to develop facilities if they are already built. This could pose a problem for New Jersey– not tha the state already hasn’t seen its share of issues. The state’s numbers have been down for a long time now– since the recession actually and they are showing no signs of a quick turnaround. No one knows how the competition will sort itslef out or where gamers are going to show the most loyalty. That has yet to be seen.