HANOVER, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Maryland’s General Assembly passed it, the governor signed off on it and the voters OK’d it.

Now, table games are coming to Anne Arundel County’s Maryland Live! Casino. The tables are out. The chips, stacked. Now the clock just has to struck 12:01 a.m. for games like black jack and Baccarat to begin.

The casino has doubled its staff from 1,200 to 2,400 to fill out all those tables, according to Maryland Live! General Manager Rob Norton.

“By the end of the summer we’ll add a state-of-the-art two-level poker room where you’re going to come play your favorite poker tournament or your favorite Texas hold-em game,” Norton says.

But some people won’t have to wait until summer to be thrilled.

Don Christ, of Ellicott City, was at the casino and psyched for the first day of table games on Wednesday night.

“It’s a lot more excitement than sitting in a chair, pushing a button,” he said. And he’ll no longer need to travel more than 10 minutes from his house to get his his gamble on.

Casino officials say lots more Marylanders will probably take advantage of the establishment’s new offerings, and they expect a 25 percent jump in business.

According to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, Maryland Live! is already doing pretty well even without poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. The state’s three casinos pulled in $58 million in March, and Maryland Live! accounted for $44.6 million of that revenue.

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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