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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is scheduled to open, marking a new milestone in Maryland's development of casino gambling.

The casino set to open Tuesday is the fifth and last of the five casinos initially planned when lawmakers approved slot machine gambling in a 2007 special session, a plan later approved by voters in a statewide vote in 2008.

The Baltimore casino will be home to 2,500 slot machines and 122 table games like blackjack.

While the state initially planned for five casinos, a sixth one located in Prince George's County was approved in a 2012 special session, when lawmakers also allowed table games in addition to slot machines. The casino at National Harbor is on track for a 2016 opening. That casino also was approved in a statewide vote.

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