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“Expensive Minimums”

Maryland Live Casino
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Hanover
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Expensive Minimums”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Went to the casino for the first time since they opened up the table games. Like other postings, there was only one $15 minimum for blackjack and one $25 minimum for craps. What made it worse was the $25 craps table eventually went to $50 minimum and that was it. I don't consider myself a big gambler, but I enjoy the $5 and $10 minimum tables. If the minimums do not go down, I won't be going back. I have family new Atlantic City and Vegas; I'd rather visit them and enjoy my time then spend too much money because the casino is too greedy and wants the tables minimums too high.

Visited April 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Will never ever ever go back”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

An awful experience.

I go to these places just to goof around. I never expect to come out ahead. In other, much better places (Vegas, Reno, Biloxi, AC, even Dover), I can spend a whole day and never be up or down more than $50. It's fun, you can people-watch, etc. The house has the advantage, and I accept that. At Maryland Live, however, the typical house advantage apparently isn't enough.

The table minimums are much too high. In addition, most of the blackjack tables are equipped with continuous shuffling machines, which I dislike and refuse to play. Further, players are forced to use touch screens instead of placing their bets with chips. When you have no physical cue of how much you've won or lost, it's very easy to lose track. Put all that together, and that's why I didn't go near the tables.

The slot machines are very tight. Again, I realize I'm not likely to come out ahead. That said, the sheer speed with which a person can go through $$$, even on a "penny slot", is astounding.

Staff was rude. Cashiers were slow. Most of the ticket redemption machines were out of order.

No thanks.

Visited April 2013
10 Thank ResearchGoddess
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Maryland Live! killing its customers...”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Ok so here’s the deal. I almost never do business reviews, as my point of view is already shown by many others. But I have to make an exception for Maryland Live! (and not in a good way). I’ve been to many casinos; Vegas (about 2 dozen), Atlantic City (about 10), Puerto Rico (1), Bahamas (1), Tunica (about 3), and Philly (1). I am NOT a high roller I just enjoy the atmosphere and spending some hard earned money on crap tables (note the spend, NOT give money away…) Here is my perspective on Maryland Live!
It’s new
It’s smoke free
Yep that’s it.

I was surprised at the tables having $50 minimums at 10am on a Saturday. I’ve been to upper tier casinos (like the Wynn in Vegas) and saw $25/$50/$100 tables 24/7. However, most other casinos, outside of primetime (8pm-2am), I’ve ALWAYS been able to find a $10 table. But not at Live!
To add further insult, they’ve changed their E-table minimums from a ratio of $10 (70%) / $25 (30%) to $10 (30%) / $25 (70%). It’s obvious that Live! is out for a straight money grab. I get it. So I find one of two open E-tables ($10) and add $60 to it, ready to play a few hands. Wouldn’t you know it, the TOUCH SCREEN DOESN’T WORK!!!! So much so, that not only can I NOT bet, but I can’t ticket out either (guess that’s why it was open). This pretty much put me over the edge with the casino. How blatantly crooked does a place have to be to have non-functioning casino machines. I’m right at the bar; the bartender asks if I want anything. I tell her I can’t play the machine and ask if she can help me. She says she can’t so I need to “find” someone with some type of tag or badge or whatever to help me…. I looked at her like she’s lost her mind! “I HAVE TO FIND SOMEONE TO HELP ME….. “ Another worker states that she’ll find someone for me, which I was grateful for. After another 10 minutes someone comes by and basically plays around with the machine for 15 minutes until she was able to get the machine to ticket out. So I effectively was held hostage for 30 minutes trying to blow $60-$200 bucks but never got the opportunity to… I cashed out, left with my girlfriend; we went shopping at the mall, saw a movie, and grabbed something to eat. Next time they’ll see me at LIVE!??? Never again!
PS. Bobby’s burger place was REALLY good when they first opened, but the consistent 30-45 minute waits (if you think I’m kidding, you’re welcome to call my bluff…) and lowering of service really takes away from the experience (the burgers are smaller than when they first opened). The milkshakes are good.
Cheesecake Factory is AWESOME (as should be expected)… The wait is long (ironically only slightly longer than Bobby’s), but the service and food are worth the wait!
Suggestions: Go to AC or WV. Or do it right, save your chips and fly to Vegas where $10 minimums are plentiful, the service is great, and you get some decent buffets.

Visited April 2013
7 Thank N C
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Southern Maryland, USA
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Poor Cashier Service and High Minimums”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Shame, shame, shame on you, operators of MD Live.
Waiting in long, slow, lines, with hardly any workers, just to turn your chips into your own real money ? The worst service I've seen out of about 12 different casinos on the east coast.
This was Sunday evening, but one of the workers indicated that on Saturday it was much worse. I saw at least two people that were so angry that they couldn't get their money, that they were being helped / escorted by workers to the front of the line.
This waiting, and poor-poor cashier service cannot continue. PS, would it hurt some of the cashiers and soda servers to smile once and a while ? Hopefully, it's just another case of Maryland Live "growing pains", and their management and staff learning how to operate a casino properly.
Please do not get me started on those high minimums ! $100 just to play craps ? Ri-Ri-diculous ! Most of us gamblers DO still have vehicles, and for some of us in the DC-Baltimore area, Charlestown West Virginia is not that much further to drive. Just look at a map of the DC area. Plus, Charlestown West Virgina still has free alcohol drinks ! Cheapo Maryland doesn't even have discounts for drinks for gamblers.
Also, for those who don't mind a longer drive, say on a weekend, might I suggest Hollywood Casino of Grantville, Pennsylvania. Much more normal and reasonable Table minimums that this place.

Visited April 2013
4 Thank TonyTheMan
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Gambrills, Maryland
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41 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Tight Slots and High Minimums on Table Games”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Maryland Live! inaugurated table games with quite a bit of fanfare on April 11. However, you should know what the betting minimums are. The following minimums were seen on a Sunday afternoon about 1:00 PM.

Blackjack: $15 (just one table!), $25, and $50.
Craps: $25, $50

I do not recall the minimums for Roulette, Baccarat or the other games. But if the above is any guide, it won't be low! You might do better at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town, WVa or at Dover Downs in Dover, DE.

The slots were pretty tight. My friend and I had trouble making any money.

Visited April 2013
5 Thank Jacob R
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