071213_Maryland Live Logo_300Pending final regulatory approval, live poker will debut at Hanover, Md.-based Maryland Live! Casino on August 28.

A new, 14,800-square-foot poker room is currently under construction at the facility and promises to be one of largest in the Mid-Atlantic region to accommodate the overwhelming demand for the games. With 52 tables, varied limits, high-profile partnerships and tournaments, the poker operation at Maryland Live! is expected to draw customers from across the country.

“Game limits and spreads are still pending approval, but we are planning to offer a full array of games to accommodate every level of player from the casual player to big games,” said Mike Smith, director of poker operations, Maryland Live! Casino. “We will offer a comfortable, well-managed, state-of-the-art poker room with a terrific staff and a variety of games and limits to please everyone.”

The addition of poker raises the table count at Maryland Live! Casino to 174, which includes blackjack, craps, roulette, mini-baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em, Mississippi Stud and Big Six. More than 4,300 of the latest, state-of-the art slot machines and electronic table games complete the Vegas gaming action experience at Maryland Live! Casino.

“The addition of poker only enhances the excitement that 24-hour gaming and live table games have created at Maryland Live! Casino,” said Robert J. Norton, president and GM, Maryland Live! Casino. “Now we have a complete range of entertainment offerings for our guests.”

The addition of Poker also creates more jobs at the facility. Maryland Live! Casino is currently hiring more than 300 additional staff across all departments, including approximately 250 poker dealers and poker room personnel, which brings the total employee count to approximately 2,800.