10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do at Maryland's Casinos

By Chris Korman

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Maryland’s first casino didn’t open until September 2010, but the state now boasts six casinos that span from the beach to the city to the suburbs to the mountains and offer a wide array of ways to enjoy them. And it’s not all about high-stakes adventures. Here are a few ways you can spend your time if you visit.

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1 Qualify for the World Series of Poker (and other tournaments)

The Horseshoe Baltimore is a stop on the World Series of Poker circuit. Daily tournaments qualify players into bigger games and give them the chance to compete against the world’s best players. Get another chance to qualify at Maryland Live! in Hanover where you can play for a spot in the Players Poker Championship in Aruba.


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Music Venues


Location:
1525 Russell St
Baltimore, MD 21230
844-777-7463


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2 Eat at a celebrity chef’s restaurant

Maryland Live! has Bobby’s Burgers, with a menu inspired by Chef Bobby Flay’s travels around the United States (including burgers like the Santa Fe, topped with jalapenos and blue corn chips). Johnny Sánchez at Horseshoe is a collaboration between Iron Chef stars John Besh and Aarón Sánchez. And another Food Network star has a place at Horseshoe: Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen and Bar.


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Location:
7002 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
443-842-7000


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Maryland's horse racing tradition runs deep, and there are a number of places to play the ponies around the state.

3 Bet the ponies

The Casino at Ocean Downs offers bettors the chance to sit trackside and gamble on thrilling Standardbred harness racing, or to bet on Thoroughbred simulcasts across the country.


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Location:
10218 Racetrack Rd
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-0600


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4 Shop. Shop. Shop. Then shop some more!

Live! Casino and Hotel sits next to one of the state’s largest malls. Arundel Mills Mall offers more than 200 stores—including factory stores from Banana Republic, Nike and Saks Fifth Avenue—as well as fun family restaurants like Medieval Times and Dave & Busters. You can also get your shopping on near the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, which is located across I-95 from the Perryville Outlet Center.

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5 Catch some awesome live music

Ram’s Head Center Stage at Live! Casino and Hotel presents a wide variety of music, spanning every genre (including Karaoke, in case you want to get in the mix). The 14Forty club at Horseshoe frequently has live music and hosts some of the region’s top DJs. 


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Location:
7002 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
443-842-7000


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6 Get a taste of local Baltimore flavors (without going all over town)

At the Horseshoe's  Baltimore Marketplace you can taste what several of Baltimore's top local restaurateurs have to offer; try Lenny’s Deli for sandwiches, Tark’s for seafood, Heavy Seas for burgers and drafts, B’More Brews for even more local beers, and The Mallow Bar for coffee and deserts. Plus, Live! Casino and Hotel has the second location of one of Baltimore’s best steak houses, the always elegant The Prime Rib.

Summer means baseball! Watch the Orioles at Camden Yards, then catch a minor league game across the state.

7 Be close to the sporting action at the stadium

Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore just so happens to be a long TD pass down the street from M&T Bank Stadium, home of the two-time NFL champion Baltimore Ravens, and picturesque Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the 2014 American League East Champion “O’s.”


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Type:
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Location:
1525 Russell St
Baltimore, MD 21230
844-777-7463


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8 Play golf and hit the spa

Rocky Gap Casino Resort on the banks of Lake Habeeb in Cumberland lives up to its name. There’s a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, a full-service spa, and a hotel, all nestled in the rolling hills.


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Location:
16701 Lakeview Rd
Flintstone, MD 21530
301-784-8400


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9 Play pretty much anything

Saddle up to play blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat, try your hand at slots or electronic card games, or even play the ponies at Ocean Downs. 


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Type:
Gaming & Casinos


Location:
10218 Racetrack Rd
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-0600


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10 Watch Monday Night Football—with some added perks

Maryland Live! shows Monday Night football on the big screen in Rams Head Center Stage, offers $15 all-you-can-eat stadium foods, has trivia during commercials and gives you $20 of slot play if you pick the winning team. All this plus ticket and other prize giveaways make for a great night!


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Location:
7002 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
443-842-7000


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Horseshoe Casino Baltimore interior
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Location:
1525 Russell St
Baltimore, MD 21230
Live! Casino exterior
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Location:
7002 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
Ocean Downs Casino
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Location:
10218 Racetrack Rd
Berlin, MD 21811
Live! Casino exterior
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Location:
7002 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore interior
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Location:
1525 Russell St
Baltimore, MD 21230
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
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Location:
16701 Lakeview Rd
Flintstone, MD 21530
Ocean Downs Casino
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Location:
10218 Racetrack Rd
Berlin, MD 21811
Live! Casino exterior
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Location:
7002 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
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