New this year: Maryland finally has live action table games. Hollywood Casino Perryville was the first to do so this past March, opening an eight-table poker room and adding 20 types of table games, including roulette, blackjack and craps. The casino floor also has more than 1,000 slots.
One of the big changes at Hollywood this year is the transformation of the Epic Buffet into the Celebrity Bar & Grill, where you can get anything from sandwiches to steaks. The restaurant also includes the property’s first full-service bar, plus more than 40 large-screen TVs and a giant video wall. Hollywood has also added live entertainment, with bands every weekend and Bonkerz Comedy Club twice a month.
Maryland Live! introduced table gaming with its first craps table in April. Now 122 tables have joined the more than 4,300 slots on the casino floor. About 50 more tables will be added when construction on a new two-level poker room is complete this summer.
Ocean Downs has been hosting live seasonal harness racing for more than 60 years, but its casino opened only about two years ago. Live races run through Sept. 8 and are simulcast all year. Elsewhere, 800 slot machines should keep your adrenalin pumping.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort is the state’s newest gaming destination, opening this past in May. It features about 550 slot machines and 10 table games. Having undergone extensive lobby, room and restaurant renovations, Rocky Gap has the state’s only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, and its spa/salon offers a full menu of treatments and services. A new event and conference center is expected to open later in the year.
Hollywood Casino Perryville
1201 Chesapeake Overlook Parkway, Perryville, Md., (410) 378-8500, hollywoodcasinoperryville.com
7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Suite 777, Hanover, Md., (443) 842-7000, marylandlivecasino.com
10218 Racetrack Road, Berlin, Md., (410) 641-0600, oceandowns.com
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
16701 Lakeview Road, Flintstone, Md., (301) 784-8400, rockygapresort.com
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