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The state of Maryland has now expanded to include a total of six casinos. Currently, three are open and three are in planning and building stages. The very first casino to open, Hollywood Casino Perryville, offered gaming first on September 17, 2010. Owned by casino giant Penn National Gaming, the gaming floor is 75,000 square feet with 1,500 slot machines.

Perryville is in Cecil County. Additional Maryland counties with approved to be built casinos are: Allegany - Evitts (scheduled 2014), Baltimore City (scheduled 2014), Prince George's County (scheduled 2015). Three casinos are already open in the state. Each licensed property pays 48.5 percent of the casino's revenues to the state's Education Trust Fund, which is used for education,puublic safety, heath and environmental programs.

Three Open Casinos

Maryland has three casinos that are already open for business. The Hollywood Casino was the first to open and offers 1,500 slot machines. Popular favorites like Vegas Hits, Village People, and Wheel of Fortune are found, with various denominations on some machines from pennies to dollars. Video poker is also offered. Minors under the age of 21 are allowed to dine in either the Extras or Celebrity Bar, but may not enter the gaming floor.

Table games are coming soon to the casino, and a dealing school is scheduled for early 2013 and Penn National is already accepting applications. In lieu of actual dealers, some games are available on the casino floor in a video fashion including blackjack, 3-Card Poker and roulette.

Club Hollywood is an excellent slot player's club you can earn comp points with. Penn National has a number of casinos under the Hollywood name across the country, including their newest addition in Columbus, Ohio.

Ocean Downs is a racino in the town of Berlin, Maryland. The county of Worchester was awarded one the first five casino licenses, and the horse race track, built in 1947 was granted the license for 800 slot machines. The casino opened in January 2011.

The Casino at Ocean Downs offers their slot machines across a 34,000 square foot casino floor. Slots include machines denominations from a penny to $25. Video poker, blackjack and roulette are also offered. The Player Reward's club offers comps for regular players and dining is available at Dine 'N Dash and Pacers restaurants.

Full Casino Gaming

Maryland Live! opened in June of 2012. As the largest casino in Maryland, the property has brought in over $1 million per day in revenue since opening and there has been a negative impact on the state's smaller casinos. Understandable, since Maryland Live! is is the third-largest commercial casino in the United States. The casino is located in Anne Arundel County at the Arundel Mills Mall. The facility is a development of The Cordish Companies.

On December 27, Maryland's casinos will be allowed to operate 24-hours a day. Maryland Live! will feature a total of 4,750 slot machines, which include virtually every style, manufacturer, and denomination a player could want. A player's club track's play for comps, and the company is taking applications for 800 table game dealer positions. Currently, video versions of roulette, craps, 3-Card Poker, blackjack, Ultimate Texas Hold'em and Mini-Baccarat are offered via Top E-Table.

Online Gaming

Like Nevada, Maryland has moved towards allowing residents to wager real money with online gaming. Poker appears to have the best chance of being allowed by the US government, but Maryland Live! is already offering free play poker and table games of blackjack, roulette, poker, and a variety of slots. Aristocrat Online's Game Account Network features many slots like Buffalo, Imperial House, and 5 Dragons. The technology and graphics are terrific.

Online poker are video poker are currently less than perfect with only a small number of games offered and antiquated graphics and music. However, once any real-money play is legalized and started the games will take on a life of their own.

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