BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A pair of voter referendums a few year ago threw the doors wide open for casinos in Maryland, and on Tuesday night, the state's fifth casino opened for business.
The Horseshoe is a $442 million Vegas-style casino and is the latest step in a gambling gold rush in Maryland.
The Horseshoe is the fifth of six casinos planned for the area and it promises to push the Maryland Casino industry into the billion dollar status.
The Maryland Casino boom began in 2009 when Maryland voters approved slot machines, followed by a major expansion into Vegas-style table games in 2012.
Elsewhere, in Atlantic City New Jersey casinos are busting.
Three casinos in Atlantic City have announced that they're laying off more than 65-hundred workers. That's about a quarter of all of the casino workers in New Jersey. Two months ago Showboat Casino owners announced it was closing. And just last week, the Revel Casino announced it was shutting down after the Labor Day weekend.
But industry experts believe that gambling will become a sustainable industry in Maryland.
At present moment, people in Maryland are focused on the positive numbers, the Horseshoe alone will create 17000 new jobs.