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MGM National Harbor, new Maryland 'landmark,' gambling on region's casino appetite

MGM National Harbor, new Maryland 'landmark,' gambling on region's casino appetite

The MGM National Harbor glows a shiny white at night, rising above the Potomac River like — its architect has suggested — a vast ship sailing into a dock.

That ship arrives for gamblers and D.C.-area boosters Thursday night when MGM opens the casino and resort beside Interstate 95 at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The company expects it will become not only a regional destination but a global one.

The $1.4 billion property promises to lure gamblers and others from near and far, further flooding state coffers with gaming revenue, and bringing even more tourists to one of the nation's top tourism regions.

"What's essentially different about this is MGM is...

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