The state's largest casino plans to open 122 table games to the public at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
Maryland Live, in Hanover, will become the second of the state's three operating casinos to take advantage of expanded gambling laws passed by voters in November. Hollywood Casino in Perryville began operating 20 table games March 6 and brought in nearly $1.5 million from them last month.
Officials from the state's lottery and gaming agency watched a controlled demonstration of the table game operations Friday, and were scheduled to spend more time at the facility through Tuesday night. They will decide Wednesday whether to grant the Cordish Cos.-owned property its license.
Maryland Live, a 330,000-square-foot building wedged next to Arundel Mills Mall, has become one of the Mid-Atlantic's dominant casinos and has brought in nearly $320 million during its first fiscal year. It will launch tables featuring blackjack, craps, roulette, mini-baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow poker, three-card poker, four-card poker, Mississippi Stud, Texas Hold 'Em and Big Six. A new two-story poker room is being built and will host about 50 additional tables when it opens this summer.
State law has stipulated that all slots revenue be taxed at 67 percent, though the expanded gaming bill allows for some tax breaks. Table game revenues are taxed at only 20 percent.
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