Friday, April 27, 2012

Slots on the Border

The largest slots parlor in the state, Maryland Live!, is set to open this June just across the border from HoCo at Arundel Mills. According to this story by Hanah Cho in The Sun, the new casino “will initially open with 3,200 slot machines. The remaining phase of the facility is due to come online by the fall, said Joe Weinberg, managing partner of The Cordish Cos., the Baltimore developer that owns the casino. When complete, the casino will operate 4,750 machines.”
At 330,000 square it’s a pretty big facility, taking up twelve acres along the entire length of the backside of the mall. In addition to slots and “electronic table games” Maryland Live! will also include a Cheesecake Factory, The Prime Rib and a live music venue with 500 seats called Rams Head Center Stage.
The casino is not wasting anytime signing up gamblers either. Over a quarter million people are expected to pre-register for gaming cards at the Preview Center set up in front of Victoria's Secret in the mall. As an incentive for signing up early Maryland Live! is giving folks a chance to win prizes that range from coffee mugs to $500 in credits for the casino.

When I passed by today I heard a lady yelp for joy as she won $250 in credits. Her friend had just won $100 in credits. Just like in a real casino, every time someone won, more people were drawn to the display, like moths to a flame.
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