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Casino to Move to 24-Hour Operations on Dec. 27

Pending regulatory approval, Maryland Live! will be open round-the-clock.

The Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills will introduce 24-hour operations on Dec. 27, taking advantage of new rules passed by voters last month.

Pending regulatory approval, the casino will be open round-the-clock, seven days a week. Meanwhile, Maryland Live! continues to work toward adding live table games sometime next year, and will launch a free dealer school in cooperation with Anne Arundel County Community College on Jan. 7.

The 24-hour gambling and 150 live table games are expected to require about 1,200 new workers, including 800 dealers.

Maryland Live! Currently operates 4,750 slot machines, though it may reduce that number once live table games are in place.

Does the introduction of 24-hour gambling mean much to you?

Chris W December 08, 2012 at 01:04 PM
The casino will never ruin anyone's life. People make choices in life, it's just that simple. Some people choose to gamble more than they should. That is their choice and they are solely responsible for the consequences.
Mr. Drew December 08, 2012 at 02:25 PM
It's not necessarily a free choice. See "Problem Gambling" on Wikipedia for an overview. We should carefully consider whether this is an appropriate way to fund state and local government.
Chris W December 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
It's been carefully considered for years. The voters have spoken several times. I understand that people can become addicted to certain things. I was a smoker. But I I made a choice to smoke and I made a choice to quit. Gambling is not much different. We should not curtail the activities of the many due to the problems of a few.
John December 09, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Like anyone who can't manage their money, it eventually catches up to them. MD is no different. We couldn't make it without tolls, now we have tolls and have raised them. We couldn't make it without the lottery so we have the lottery and keno. We couldn't make it on 5% sales take so it's 6%. We could't make it without slots so we have slots. Now we have table games. As a gambling analogy, we've played our last hand. We still don't have the ability to manage money in this state and five years from now nothing will have changed. Then next on the agenda will be to legalize pot and tax it and maybe introduce legalized prostitution or maybe MD will try to attract the porn industry. So if you think that casino revenue will have any positive affect on MD, have fun being naive. I lived in Vegas for 4 years and outside of a few decent communities, it's a sewer.
Eric S. December 10, 2012 at 02:39 PM
We're stuck with the casino at this point, so at least real tables and 24 hour action will make it suck less. I mean, if you're gonna do it, go all out.

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