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Poker tables open at Rocky Gap Casino

Poker tables opened Friday at Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland in Western Maryland, state lottery officials said.

Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, signed an operations license for poker Friday after a demonstration Thursday that tested internal controls, employee training, security and technical systems.

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The three poker tables, all located in the hotel lobby, have eight seats each and offer Texas Hold'em with limit and no limit stakes, casino officials said.

"In recent years, poker has exploded in popularity, and players have come to expect it at most major casinos," Scott Just, the resort's general manager, said in an announcement.

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The casino, which opened May 22, has 13 table games, including blackjack, craps and roulette, along with 550 slot machines. The resort also features a hotel, restaurants, a spa and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

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