The Washington Post

Maryland Live! casino licensed to open

A electronic craps game is demonstrated at the Maryland Live! casino. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino said he had signed an operations license for the facility, Maryland Live!, which is set to open its doors to the public Wednesday at 10 p.m. following a VIP reception.

“We believe that the casino has done an outstanding job preparing itself to open to the public and believe no significant issues remain to be addressed,” Martino said in a statement. “The public can go to Maryland Live! with confidence that the facility is safe and secure and the gaming is being conducted fairly.”

With a planned 4,750 slot machines and electronic table games, the casino will be among the largest in the country. It is the third of five authorized facilities to open in Maryland.

The opening of Maryland Live! comes amid an ongoing debate over whether the legislature should authorize a sixth casino, in Prince George’s County, and Las Vegas-style table games at existing locations.

The license for Maryland Live! was issued following a demonstration Saturday that tested its gaming operations, security and other systems, Lottery officials said.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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