What’s old is new again in Maryland. Gaming was first legalized in the state in 1943, but slots were shut down in 1968. In 2008, however, Maryland residents approved a measure to bring back slots-only gaming, leading to three new casinos. These aren’t casino resort complexes like the ones you’ll find in other nearby states. For now, they’re slots parlors with video table games, with some dining and nightlife options.
Opened in 2010, Hollywood Casino Perryville has more than 1,500 slots. Maryland Live! opened the first phase of its complex in June 2012 and will open the second later this year. Adjacent to the Arundel Mills Mall, it includes brand restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory, Phillips Seafood and Bobby’s Burger Palace. Ocean Downs has 750 slots and the Cambridge Turf Club, which hosts horse racing.
Also worth noting ... A movement to add table games to Maryland casinos was voted down. But it will most likely be re-introduced this year.