FrGamble
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May 23rd, 2013 at 6:13:53 PM permalink
I'm excited about the news that Rocky Gap Casino is finally open. It is in my wheelhouse as far as distance I'm willing to travel and I think it may also fit the bill of a nice small, not over crowded, relaxing casino. My go to casino has always been Harrington, DE but a casino that is very similar in my home state might make me switch. These days I can barely keep up with the forum much less imagine when I'll be able to get away to Rocky Gap, but if anyone gets a chance to visit please write a good review. I can't wait to hear about it.

Also does anyone know anything about Lakes, Inc. or their other casinos? That might help to get a picture of what Rocky Gap may be like.
odiousgambit
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May 24th, 2013 at 3:25:49 AM permalink
>does anyone know anything

Can't help, but I take it Md-Live is thumbs-down for you?

I pretty much concur. Did you ever check it out, Padre?
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FleaStiff
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May 24th, 2013 at 3:52:13 AM permalink
The new casino features more than 550 slot machines and 10 table games. The resort also is unveiling a renovated lobby, hotel rooms and restaurants, and it features an 18-hole golf course.
The four eateries include an upscale restaurant with views of the mountains and nearby lake and more casual bars and restaurants.

Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/05/rocky-gap-casino-opens-with-550-slots-10-table-games-89184.html#ixzz2UCqEb4Wc
Doc
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May 24th, 2013 at 8:22:21 PM permalink
Over dinner tonight, rdw4potus mentioned this thread -- yes, he has peeked in during his absence. He commented on how remote this new casino is. I had to look it up on Google Maps. Jeez -- my wife and I used to live less than 20 miles from there. Yes, it's a bit remote.
silversonic2006
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May 25th, 2013 at 9:31:36 AM permalink
It is way out there, but it is very convenient to I-68 (you can see it from the highway). I really hope this place does well...Cumberland could use the economic boost. I do wonder, though, if there would be much room to expand tables/slots if they find the need for more, considering it was built in the existing ballroom/conference space. I definitely think the table mins will be much more in line with Dover Downs or Harrington than MD Live.

Rocky Gap was smart, using existing built space to get the casino running faster. For MGM Nat'l Harbor, why not build the casino as an addition to the Gaylord, which is already a top-flight resort with plenty of rooms? I wonder if the concern of excess hotel capacity would be a negative to their bid...because I can't see MD favoring either of the other bids, if they are serious about a serious revenue-generating casino.
vendman1
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May 25th, 2013 at 10:01:26 AM permalink
I live a little west of Baltimore and I'm sure it would take me every bit of 2.5 hours to get there. The resort itself is very nice. But it's so remote that it has always had trouble attracting much business/interest. It took the state of MD 3 tries to give away the casino license for that area. I'm sure the casino will help some...but it's not very big..so don't know if it will really draw that many people. The locals in that area, are how should I say...low rent. So they are going to need to draw from the Balt/DC area to have any hope. I wish them well, but I'm skeptical.
silversonic2006
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May 25th, 2013 at 10:14:19 AM permalink
They're going to need to do tie-ins with the Deep Creek resorts (Wisp, etc), where DC/Baltimore folks are headed if they're out that way anyways. If they offered shuttle service to Deep Creek, I'd definitely consider staying there. Boating/hiking during the day, nice dinner and BJ/craps at night? It's going to take work, but if they want to succeed, I think they can.
Doc
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May 25th, 2013 at 10:35:54 AM permalink
Quote: vendman1

The locals in that area, are how should I say...low rent.


What!!! And this comes just two posts after I said that my wife and I used to live less than 20 miles from there? If that's not a personal insult deserving of forum disciplinary action, I don't know what is!

j/k

BTW, in the early 70's I was working at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory.
vendman1
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May 25th, 2013 at 5:20:54 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

What!!! And this comes just two posts after I said that my wife and I used to live less than 20 miles from there? If that's not a personal insult deserving of forum disciplinary action, I don't know what is!

j/k

BTW, in the early 70's I was working at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory.



You made me laugh Doc, thanks. I swear I missed the part about you how you used to live there. I notice you didn't choose that area for your retirement :)

Don't get me wrong it's a lovely area to visit, lots of recreational opportunities, but there is definitely not a lot of economic opportunity. Which is why I wonder about the feasibility of the casino. Either way it should be interesting.
FrGamble
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June 8th, 2013 at 6:11:30 AM permalink
So I got up to Rocky Gap the other day with my dad to spend the night and check it out. I will write a brief review in the blog section but overall it was very nice and super relaxing. It is a very small casino with great blackjack rules, one monster craps table (18', I think), three card poker, roulette, and the mediocre Video Poker I have come to accept at almost every casino I go to. There are also lots of new slots. They are renovating and increasing parking and fixing up rooms. Finally, the golf course is fantastic!

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