Rocky Gap Casino bets on poker

October 4, 2013

Shuffle up and deal, Western Maryland: Rocky Gap Casino Resort has added Texas hold’em to its gambling lineup.

The Allegany County casino, hard by Interstate 68, opened three poker tables to the public Friday after receiving regulatory approval from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

“In recent years, poker has exploded in popularity and players have come to expect it at most major casinos,” general manager Scott Just said in a release. “Adding poker further enhances Rocky Gap Casino Resort as a complete gaming destination.”

The new poker tables aren’t on the casino floor; rather, they’re in the lobby of the lakefront mountain lodge.

Maryland’s fourth casino opened in May, adding 10 live-action tables (craps, blackjack, roulette) and 550 chiming slot machines to a scenic site where the state once placed a big bet — and lost.

The upscale, 220-room resort with a full-service spa and 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course has posted modest gross gambling revenues in its first few months of operation: roughly $10.7 million through the end of August, according to the state.

A split-level, 52-table poker room at Maryland Live in Hanover — the state’s largest casino — has drawn massive crowds since opening in late August. Hollywood Casino in Perryville began offering the state’s first casino poker games in March.

J. Freedom du Lac is the editor of The Post's general assignment news desk. He was previously a Local enterprise reporter and, before that, the paper’s pop music critic.
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