Maryland Live! may not be the first casino in the state of Maryland, but it sure is making a case as being the grandest of them all.
The enormous, 12-acre casino located right next to the Arundel Mills Mall recently held a media preview days ahead of its June 6 opening after officially securing an operations license from Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino. Barring any unforeseen set-backs, the public opening is now scheduled tomorrow at 10 p.m local time.
In a statement released to the media, Martino expressed his excitement on the opening of Maryland Live!, saying that every issue has been addressed successfully. “We believe that the casino has done an outstanding job preparing itself to open to the public and believe no significant issues remain to be addressed,” Martino said.
“The public can go to Maryland Live! with confidence that the facility is safe and secure and the gaming is being conducted fairly.”
Maryland Live! is the largest casino to open in the state and is the third largest casino in the country, too. The full project isn’t expected to be completed until later this year when the second phase opens to include 1,550 slot machines, the Rams Head Center Stage music venue, and a high-end steakhouse called the Prime Rib.
For now, the first phase of the casino is ready to roll, where it will come with 3,200 slot machines, including a high limit room and a variety of electronic forms of blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat. Five restaurants are also scheduled to open in the coming weeks, including Bobby’s Burger Place, Phillips Seafood, The Cheesecake Factory, a buffet restaurant, and a noodle bar.
Table games with live dealers aren’t part of the gambling options available since it’s not allowed by the state of Maryland.
All in all, Maryland Live! will be occupying 330,000 square feet with the gambling floor making up more than half of that space at 160,000 square feet. Once fully open, the $500-million casino built by the Cordish Company will be able to accommodate around 15,000 people, including over 1,500 employees, making it a must-go-to destination anytime you fancy eating authentic crab cakes while trying your luck at one of its slot machines.