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Maryland Live! casino opening: Long lines, awful traffic

Maryland Live ! Casino.(Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

This post has been updated.

My colleague and sometimes buddy J. Freedom du Lac was at last night’s opening of the new Maryland Live! casino. The line to get in: Looooong. The traffic: baaaaaaad. People, I assume, lost not just money but precious minutes of their lives that they will never recoup

How crazy was the opening? Crazy enough that traffic was apparently still thick around the area this morning, according to some tweeters. I have a request in to casino officials to see how big the crowd is this afternoon, and I will update this post when I hear back.

Update at 4:36 p.m.:Casino officials say they have a “full house” but no lines. Foot traffic has been steady since doors opened at 8 a.m. They expect more than 10,000 visitors for the day.

I’m headed there in the next day or so to review the place. See below for pictures and reactions around the web last night and today. Free Staters apparently really like their slots.

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.


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