10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do at Maryland's Casinos
Maryland’s first casino didn’t open until September 2010, but the state now boasts five 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.
1 Qualify for the World Series of Poker (and other tournaments)
The state’s newest casino, 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.
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.
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.
4 Shop. Shop. Shop. Then shop some more!
Maryland Live! 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.