Maryland Live Casino Authorized to Open Table Games to Public
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency Director Stephen Martino today signed the operations license allowing Maryland Live Casino to open table games to the public. The casino, owned by PPE Casino Resorts, will offer 122 table games — including blackjack, craps, roulette, mini-baccarat and others. Approximately 50 traditional poker tables will be added to the casino floor when construction of a two-level poker room is completed in summer 2013.
“The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency has conducted a thorough review of Maryland Live’s operations, adherence to internal controls, policies and staff training,” Martino said. “As a result of our review, we are confident that the casino is prepared to operate its table games to the public.”
Maryland Live Casino conducted two successful controlled demonstrations of the casino’s table games on Friday, April 5 and Tuesday, April 9. The goal of the demonstrations, which were attended by several hundred people, was to test and assess the facility’s 122 table games; internal controls; employee training; surveillance and security; and technical systems. The casino’s portion of the table game proceeds from these events will go to non-profit benefits.
Located just off of MD 295 and Route 100 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland Live Casino opened its doors in June 2012. Licensed for 4,337 slot machines, Maryland Live is the second casino in the state to offer table games, and it employs 2,400 staff members with 300 additional employees expected when the poker room opens this summer.
Hollywood Casino Perryville, which opened in September 2010, began offering table games to the public March 6. The Casino at Ocean Downs, which opened in January 2011, is planning an expansion and has not provided specific details on table games at this time.
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is responsible for all matters relating to the regulation of the state’s casinos. In this regulatory role, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (LGCA) oversees all internal controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing and accounting procedures for the facilities.