Maryland Live! will soon actively court smokers

Feb 22, 2018 9:16 AM

Maryland Live! the casino in Arundel Mills, a victim of down trending gambling revenue since the opening of MGM National Harbor nearly15 months ago, will soon actively court smokers in an effort to boost its gaming take.

Indoor smoking, including lighting up in a casino, has been illegal in Maryland for the last decade. To attract those wishing to smoke and gamble at the same time, the casino has now announced it will open an outdoor gaming area where smoking will be permitted. Both table games and over 150 slot machines, in addition to a full bar, will be offered in the space to be called the Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio.

The 8,500-square-foot facility is scheduled to open May 1, 2018.

Live President Rob Norton told The Baltimore Sun the new outdoor area is more than just a place to smoke. He said, “It’s a full casino experience, not just a couple of slot machines thrown on a patio. You’ll feel like you’re in an outdoor garden.”