“It’s a full casino experience on a patio, not just a couple of slot machines thrown on a patio,” said Rob Norton, Live’s president. “You’ll be able to play almost all the table games out here. You’ll have a full-service bar.”
The design will be orchid-themed.
“You’ll feel like you’re in an outdoor garden,” Norton said. The patio will feature a waterfall and humidors for premium cigars.
Maryland's casinos, like other establishments that serve alcohol, fall under the no-smoking provisions of the state's Clean Indoor Air Act.
Outdoor casino smoking terraces have drawn the scrutiny of health advocates. While some clean-air groups say the decks are preferable to indoor smoking, others complain that they are workplace hazards nonetheless.
Live, which has received permission for the patio from state regulators, generates more revenue than any state casino except MGM National Harbor. For all of 2017, Live generated $545 million in revenue, while MGM produced nearly $609 million.