MGM National Harbor at Capacity During Opening Week

Last Thursday at 10:30 pm, MGM National Harbor opened its doors to the public for the very first time, and by 11 am on Friday a total of 50,000 people had visited the $1.4 billion casino resort located just 10 miles southeast of Washington, DC.
In fact, such was the venue’s popularity that Prince George’s County police were forced to deal with backed up traffic leading from Interstate 495 into the casino complex, and for the next 45 days around 195 police officers have now been tasked with managing the elevated levels of traffic.
Similarly, on Friday MGM management was so overwhelmed by floods of visitors to its casino that the company had to issue a warning encouraging people to stay away for now, unless they had already made a reservation. As MGM’s message on social media explained:
“Due to an overwhelming response after our successful Thursday grand opening, the MGM National Harbor casino floor again reached capacity during the day on Friday. Guests with hotel and dinner reservations are encouraged to arrive early..Others without reservations for tonight or this weekend are encouraged to consider making plans to visit the new resort another time.”
It was not just the casino that was filled to capacity, though, as the resort’s 308 bedrooms, which have nightly prices ranging from $399 to $599, were also filled to the brim. Nevertheless, many people visiting MGM National Harbor were there not to gamble, but instead to visit the resort’s other entertainment offerings, including its restaurants, and theater. Highlighting that point, an MGM spokeswoman commented:
“You don’t even have to step foot inside the casino to enjoy the resort. You have to remember, we’re an entertainment company more than we’re a gaming company.”
For how long Maryland’s 6th casino can maintain its current level of excitement remains to be seen, though, but a clearer picture of the resort’s potential should become more apparent once the initial hoopla subsides.

Poker News
Japan Introduces Responsible Gambling Bill
28 May 2018
Japan’s bicameral legislature, known as The National Diet, consists of an upper House of Councillors and a lower House of Representatives, with the latter having started discussing the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill last week. Being debated is the regulatory framework required in order to set up an efficient and well functioning casino market in the
Ohio Casino Revenue Up 1% to $71.8m in April
17 May 2018
The Ohio Casino Control Commission has released its gambling results for April, with the state’s four casinos collecting $71.8 million last month, up by almost 1% compared to the prior year. Meanwhile, the Buckeye State’s seven racinos fared considerably better, with their revenue rising by 8% to $89.7 million from their slots and video gaming
NJ Generates Record iGaming Revenues in February
15 May 2018
In April, New Jersey’s online gambling market saw its revenue rise by 10.6% to $23 million versus the same month in 2017, with the amount posted second only to the record $25.6 million collected in March 2018. As a result, the Garden State has now generated $92.5 million over the first four months of this
Virginia Poised For Historical Gambling Expansion
11 May 2018
Virginia is among the country’s more conservative states when it comes to gambling, and for many decades has resisted the allure and revenues that the industry might bring. In the 1990s, for instance, its legislature turned down a push for riverboat gambling, and the following decade Internet gambling cafes were outlawed. For the past five