Maryland Live Authorized to Open Poker Room to the Public

Addition of 52 tables adds more than 300 new jobs to the state

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency Director Stephen Martino today signed the operations license allowing Maryland Live Casino to open its 14,800 square foot poker room to the public following a successful controlled demonstration.

The goal of the August 26 demonstration, which was attended by approximately 300, was to test and assess the facility’s 52 poker tables; internal controls; employee training; surveillance and security; and technical systems. Maryland Live will donate its portion of the proceeds from the event to local non-profit organizations.

“The room’s operations were carefully analyzed and reviewed,” said MLGCA Director Stephen Martino. “We are confident that the poker room operations are consistent with our requirements for transparency, accountability and the promotion of fair play.”

The addition of the 52 new tables, which are designed for various levels of pokers players, will bring Maryland Live’s table game count to 174 and make Maryland Live Casino one of the largest poker venues in the mid-Atlantic region. As a result of the added space, the Anne Arundel County casino has added more than 300 employees, many of whom will benefit from healthcare and retirement benefits.