Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A Sun reviewer compared a recent visit with his experience shortly after the casino opened last year.
In a review in The Baltimore Sun Wednesday, writer Wesley Case recognized what he called the "crowded and energized floor" on a recent Friday night visit to the Maryland Live! Casino. Table games went live at the casino in April, after voters approved changes to gambling laws on the November ballot. Case wrote that the casino "appeared to be reaping the benefits of democracy." Case wrote he had wondered when the casino opened in November if the traffic would pickup and the facility would remain sustainable. In his review today, he praised the new music venue—Rams Head Center Stage—and the casino's active atmosphere since the addition of table games. "You wouldn't mistake the casino, which opened last June and introduced live table games on…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Maryland Live! saw revenue decline slightly despite the first full month of 24-hour gambling.
Revenue at the Maryland Live! casino was essentially flat between December and January, despite the first full month of 24-hour operations. The casino pulled in $35,943,756.19 in January, a decline of just under $100,000 from December. Casino revenue across the state dropped by about $900,000, as the state’s three casinos brought in $44.3 million combined. Maryland Live! is by far the largest casino with 4,750 machines. The Hollywood Casino in Perryville pulled in $5,455,111 in January, down from $5,956,140 in December. The Casino at Oceans Downs collected $2,928,919.55, down from $3,335,925.98 Casino revenue generated $14.6 million for operators with the rest going to the state’s Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, and the horse …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The new casino is using space at Marley Station mall to train nearly 900 students in games ranging from craps to blackjack.
The Maryland Live! casino is looking to hire hundreds of new dealers as it introduces live table games later this year. About 860 are now in training at Marley Station mall in Glen Burnie, where the casino has set up a dealer school in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College. I stopped by Tuesday afternoon and saw scores of students in action as they learned the ins and outs of dealing blackjack, pai gow poker and baccarat, as well as other games including craps and roulette. There were 9,000 applicants to the dealer school and 6,000 received interviews. Only 860 were accepted to the school. Most of those will be hired if they have a successful audition, according to Neal Slone, the casino's vice president of table games. …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The new center stage at the Maryland Live! casino has revealed the schedule of upcoming performances.
Popular R&B singer Brian McKnight will be among those performing at the new Rams Head Center Stage in February. The concert stage at Maryland Live! will have shows nearly every night of the week, including live karaoke on Sundays and tribute bands every Thursday. Tribute bands in February will include "Girls Girls Girls," an all-female Motley Crue tribute band; "Who's Bad," a tribute group to Michael Jackson; and "Several Species" a band modeled after Pink Floyd. Brian McKnight will perform two shows on Valentine's Day (7 and 9:30 p.m.) and tickets are $50. For the full Rams Head performance schedule, go to marylandlivecasino.com.
Monday, January 7, 2013
All casinos in the state saw increases in revenue in the final month of the year, though revenue from Hollywood Casino and Ocean Downs was lower than in 2011. Maryland Live! pulled in $229 million in 2012.
The Maryland Live! casino pulled in $229 million in revenue in 2012, comprising more than 60 percent of all gambling revenue statewide, despite opening in June. The Maryland Lottery reported that the casino at Arundel Mills finished the year with $35 million in revenue in December, up from $34 million the month prior. Across the state, Maryland's three casinos pulled in $45.2 million in the last month of 2012, up nearly 5 percent from November. However, December revenue from Ocean Downs and Hollywood Casino was $3.19 million, 25 percent less than in 2011, when Maryland Live! was not yet open. Maryland Live! is the largest of the three casinos, with 4,750 game terminals. Its per-terminal revenue of $244 in December was nearly double that …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Pending regulatory approval, Maryland Live! will be open round-the-clock.
The Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills will introduce 24-hour operations on Dec. 27, taking advantage of new rules passed by voters last month. Pending regulatory approval, the casino will be open round-the-clock, seven days a week. Meanwhile, Maryland Live! continues to work toward adding live table games sometime next year, and will launch a free dealer school in cooperation with Anne Arundel County Community College on Jan. 7. The 24-hour gambling and 150 live table games are expected to require about 1,200 new workers, including 800 dealers. Maryland Live! Currently operates 4,750 slot machines, though it may reduce that number once live table games are in place. Does the introduction of 24-hour gambling mean much to you?
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The casino saw about $3.7 million in additional revenue in November, while proceeds were roughly flat at Maryland's other two gambling facilities.
The Maryland Live! casino saw a 12 percent rise in revenue in November while other casinos stayed roughly flat, the Maryland Lottery reported Wednesday. The casino near Arundel Mills reported $34,365,182 in revenue in November, about $3.7 million higher than in October. Maryland Live! has about 4,750 slot machines in operation, and added more than 1,000 in September. The casino opened in June and is the largest and highest-grossing gaming facility in the state. Hollywood Casino in Perryville generated $5.4 million in November, essentially flat from October. The casino at Ocean Downs pulled in $3.3 million, down from $3.5 million in October. Maryland's three casinos combined to generate $43 million in November. Without factoring in the …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Arundel Mills shoppers can get up to $50 in free slot play, but you have to spend a lot at the mall to get it.
- Tim Lemke
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
If you're planning to spend big bucks during the holiday season, you may be able to get some free slot play in the process. Arundel Mills and Maryland Live! have announced a partnership giving shoppers up to $50 of free play by showing their shopping receipt at the casino. Anyone who shows a receipt with $100-$249.99 spent will get $10 in free slot play from the Live! Rewards Players Club. A receipt showing $250-$499.99 gets $25 in slot money and a receipt showing more than $500 allows for $50 in slot play. Receipts from any of the stores at Arundel Mills are eligible. The promotion begins on Black Friday and ends Dec. 24. The free slot play must be redeemed within seven days after it's issued.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A look at what's at stake—and how the battle is being waged.
In June, Maryland Live! Casino opened its Hanover doors to thousands of gamblers who descended on the 3,200 slot and video gaming machines. In its first month, Maryland Live! Casino brought in $28 million. From complaints about the initial highway sign that some residents said gave the unfortunate appearance of a connection between Elkridge and the casino, to Odenton Patch readers who say Maryland Live! is great entertainment, casinos have been on the minds residents of this region for a while. Question 7 on this November's ballot asks weather voters want expanded gambling not only at Maryland Live!, but throughout the state. No matter your opinion on casinos, here's information you need to make the right decision for you at the voting …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Free gambling Wednesday caused highways around Arundel Mills to turn into parking lots, according to drivers.
Drivers on Routes 100 and 295 were slowed to a crawl by Arundel Mills Wednesday around lunchtime, if they were lucky. Maryland Live! casino, located in Hanover, rang in the announcement of more than 1,000 additional slot machines by offering $100 in free gambling money to subscribers on its email list. More than 20,000 visitors came to the casino on Wednesday, according to Carmen Gonzales, Maryland Live! spokeswoman, who did not specify how many visitors the casino averaged daily. On opening night, the casino attracted more than 10,000 visitors. Route 100 near 295 was "an absolute nightmare," posted one user to Twitter on Sept. 12. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway "was a parking lot around noon," commented Patch user Brian C. that same day…