Baltimore, Maryland

December 14, 2012 by  

Baltimore, Maryland, The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission on Thursday approved allowing casinos to operate 24 hours a day and state casinos said they will expand quickly into round-the-clock gambling.

Hollywood Casino in Perryville plans to start 24/7 operations on weekends beginning Dec. 28, General Manager Bill Hayles said. The Cecil County casino may open around the clock during the week, too, once it adds table games in spring 2013, Hayles said.

Meanwhile, Ocean Downs plans to start 24-hour gambling on weekends and may expand to round-the-clock gaming in summer 2013, GM Joe Cavilla told Lottery commissioners.

Officials at Maryland Live, the state’s largest casino, already said they planned to start round-the-clock gaming on Dec. 27. Robert Norton, Maryland Live’s general manager, told commissioners the casino will start 24/7 gaming on Dec. 27.

As for Hollywood Casino, it plans to begin offering poker and table games in early spring, Hayles said. Hollywood will add eight poker tables and 12 tables for blackjack, craps and roulette, he said.

The Cecil County casino is looking to hire 80 table games dealers and another 20 casino workers, Hayles said. It will hold an open house for its dealer training school on Dec. 15 and Dec. 18.

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