Maryland’s fourth casino opened last month, as Rocky Gap Casino Resort in western Maryland opened its doors with 558 slot machines and 10 table games.
The new casino, managed by Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment, is one part of a resort hoped to transform a money-losing lakeside lodge formerly owned by the state into a successful getaway for Baltimore residents 130 miles to the east.
In addition to 250 new jobs in the casino, more jobs will be added as other sections of the property complete renovation. The property offers a boutique lodge feel in a 220-room upscale hotel with a world-class spa, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and proximity to a variety of summer and winter sports.
The property formerly known as the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in rural Allegany County was built on public parkland with a state subsidy. The project was a financial failure for the state. The lodge fell into disrepair in recent years. After the 2008 gaming law made the lodge one of the approved gaming locations, it took three tries and a changing of the rules before three companies bid on the license.