Maryland casino and poker room map
The passage of Question 7 in early November 2012 enabled state casinos to expand into table games operations, and on March 6th 2013, the Hollywood Casino in Perryville became the very first to open a poker room in Maryland. The Maryland Live! poker room followed suit in late August, opening one of the biggest rooms in the entire region and filling all 52 tables on a regular basis. The Rocky Gap Casino and Resort added three poker tables in early October, providing added options for players in Western Maryland. Even bigger things could be expected in the years to come, with the addition of the Horseshoe casino (and WSOP circuit events) in Baltimore and potentially a premier site at the National Harbor.
Maryland Live! Poker Room
As of the passing of Question 7, Maryland Live! stood as the newest and most popular casino in Maryland, and thus is in a great position to put together a premier poker room. This opportunity was soon realized, and after a few months of planning and construction, the casino had added on what is now one of the biggest and most popular poker rooms in the entire region. The variety of games and constant action, as well as the player rewards and promotions, will likely continue to make Live! the top choice for local players, even with other big poker rooms on the way.
Maryland Live! Casino official website
Maryland Poker Connection posts about Maryland Live!
Baltimore Sun article on Maryland Live! Table Games (11/14/12)
Two Plus Two Maryland Live! Hype Thread
Hollywood Perryville Poker Room
As the first poker room to open in Maryland, Perryville became the top spot for players in Northern and Central parts of the state, particularly those who no longer had to drive the extra miles to Delaware. With ten tables and a decent mix of cash games, Perryville certainly had a good thing going, and they managed to fill the room during peak hours. Once Maryland Live! opened the numbers took a noticeable dip, but they have still managed to run a few tables of $1/2, and have also added small tournament options, as well as a variety of very generous promotions.
Hollywood Perryville Casino official website
Maryland Poker Connection posts about Hollywood Perryville
Baltimore Sun article on Perryville Table Games in March (2/13/13)
Baltimore Sun article on Perryville Slots Reduction (8/6/12)
Two Plus Two Hollywood Perryville Poker Venue Thread
Rocky Gap Poker Room
Another of the out-of-the-way secondary state casinos, Rocky Gap added three poker tables to its small resort casino in early October 2013. It is obviously not a poker destination like other rooms, but should provide decent action for golfers and convention-goers visiting the resort.
Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort official website
Maryland Poker Connection posts about Rocky Gap
Baltimore Business Journal article about Rocky Gap opening (11/15/12)
Ocean Downs Poker Room (poker status unknown)
The Ocean Downs casino is a smaller location and only really feasible for pulling in beach-going patrons during the warmer months. Officials have stated their intentions of looking into table games expansion, which will first require an actual physical expansion to the casino building. It is unknown if a poker room will be part of the future Ocean Downs, but if it is I would not expect many people to go out of their way to play there. Nonetheless, it would be nice to have the option of playing cards during a little trip to the beach.
Ocean Downs Casino official website
Maryland Poker Connection posts about Ocean Downs
Horseshoe Baltimore Poker Room (planned to open 2014 with poker)
Chances are that by the time 2015 rolls around the best place to play poker in Maryland will be at the Horseshoe. Though it will be a late arrival to the Maryland casino party, thus far Caesars is the only management company to show distinct interest in hosting a premier poker room, with plans for a full World Series of Poker-affiliated sector of the casino that will hopefully host future WSOP circuit events. Also, as with Maryland Live!, the Horseshoe has great proximity to other entertainment options (two stadiums, inner harbor, etc.), as long as you don’t mind a little bit of traffic.
Horseshoe Baltimore official website
Maryland Poker Connection posts about Horseshoe Baltimore
Baltimore Sun article about Horseshoe plans (11/8/12)
TBD National Harbor Casino (planned to open 2016)
In addition to allowing for table games expansion, the passage of Question 7 paved the way for a 6th casino site within the state, with most speculation pointing towards an MGM-owned property at the National Harbor. This project is still yet to be determined, but will likely not open until 2016, a stipulation incorporated into the special session bill in order to allow other casino operators (particularly David Cordish) have more of a fair fight in establishing their share of the market without the unexpected competition. Many poker players are expecting this late addition to become one of the best places to play further down the road, with many regulars from the D.C., Virginia, and Southern Maryland areas making it their home poker room.
National Harbor Waterfront official website
Maryland Poker Connection posts about National Harbor
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