by Barbara Rogers
The 52-table poker room is soon to be alive at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland. This has been a long anticipated poker room opening, and will take place at High Noon on August 28th. Mike Smith, Director Of Poker Operations, will instruct the dealers to let the cards fly. Mike has already scheduled the Aruba Satellite Tournament Series, (PPC) from September 2-29th. Hosting the Players Poker Championship is an excellent way to show players the progressive direction Mike has already taken.
Check out www.ppcaruba.com or www.marylandlivecasino.com for more details. Maryland Live! Casino has dedicated 14,800 square feet to a state of the art poker room. This is a 500 million gaming and entertainment destination located about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. at 7002 Arundel Mills Cir. #777 in Hanover, Maryland. Telephone 443-842-7000.
Mike Smith, the man in charge, took some time to answer my questions:
Barbara Rogers: “Mike, what was the deciding factor in your decision to make the Maryland move, taking advantage of this great opportunity Maryland Live! Casino has afforded you?”
Mike Smith: “I haven’t ever opened up a room from the ground up and MLC has given me that opportunity.”
BR: “I know you came to the East Coast well in advance of the anticipated opening date of Maryland Live! Casino poker room. That has to be indicative of the seriousness you approach this exciting position with. Will you share your agenda, including your immediate plans and some of your long term goals with our readers?”
MS: ”We have a lot of things in discussion right now and haven’t made any concrete decisions yet. Our main focus is opening up and establishing Maryland Live! Poker as the best poker room on the East coast."
BR: "While we do have a huge pool of dedicated poker players on the East Coast, what will you do differently than the poker room managers have already been implementing in the surrounding three states?"
MS: "I’m not too familiar with the other managers, but we’ll try and implement what has worked well in the past, knowing we may have to adjust with the player base, economy, and the region.”
Make no doubt about it, Maryland Live! Casino is poised to attract players from across the country.