MGM National Harbor Opens Outdoor Gaming Terrace With Slots
MGM National Harbor is set for some outside casino play.
The casino, which is across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and with panoramic views of Northern Virginia, has debuted an outdoor gaming terrace where guests can enjoy slot games in a unique setting.
The one-floor terrace, open 24 hours a day, includes 41 of the casino’s most-popular slot games, including Dancing Drums, Buffalos, and 88 Fortunes.
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“We are excited to open one of the country’s most unique gaming settings,” Alex Alvarado, vice president of casino operations at MGM National Harbor, said in a news release. “Our guests will love the ability to take their casino experience outside where they can enjoy a cocktail and fabulous views of the region.”
The new 2,500-square-foot terrace that opened last week complements some of the main MGM National Harbor features:
March was Big for Maryland Casinos
MGM National Harbor is one of Maryland’s six commercial casinos. In March, MGM led the way in total revenue (slot machines plus table games) for March with $66.5 million, part of a record month for the state.
The casinos combined to set a single-month record in the state with $169.2 million in revenue in March as coronavirus-related capacity restrictions began to ease or disappear. The casinos contributed $71 million to the state in March, with $51.6 million for the Education Trust Fund.
In addition to the casino revenue news in March, sports betting, both retail and online, is headed to Maryland. The Maryland legislature approved legislation legalizing sports betting before the session ended on April 12. It has been sent to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature.
Casinos will be in line to add retail sportsbooks before online and they hope to launch them before the NFL season in September.
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.