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MGM National Harbor

Last edit: hail2skins on Friday, 9th December 2016 3:04 am
Last response by vespajet 16th December 5:00pm

MGM National Harbor opened in the DC area last night, and I went over there in the middle of the night to do a quick walk through. Of course its to be expected that minimums were going to be high. The craps pit has 10 tables, eight of which were open at 4 am, all $50 mins, with Strip 3-4-5x odds (the casinos in the Baltimore area have 10x (MD Live) and 100x (Horseshoe) odds). Blackjack was pretty much all at least $50, with half of the 40 tables being 6/5 and a handful being shoe dealt and S17. Roulette was mainly $25, and the carny games were a mix of $15 and $25.

Didn't spend a lot of time there otherwise. Place is nice enough, but once you're used to the Vegas places, everything else pretty much pales. I think Borgata AC probably has a nicer feel to me.

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 Diablo responded on Friday, 9th December 2016

$50 BJ with 6:5??? Who do they think they are, Wynn?!??!

Does Borgata have 6:5 also? I havent been there in years but thinking of visiting when they start accepting Mlife cards.

 Ellagio responded on Friday, 9th December 2016

Poker room looks impressive and first class. I'm guessing some big games will migrate there due to proximity to richest counties in the country. Thus: expect real pros (not the TV ones) to set up shop there for a while.

Wondering how traffic will be at any time other than 4AM? DC beltway seemingly always busy.

 HedgedBettor responded on Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Curious how those numbers will look outside of opening day. Its rare to see regional properties with gaming conditions that poor and unheard of for the minimums to be that high!

 Drake replied on Friday, 16th December 2016

The four richest counties in the country are in the D.C. area. That might explain that.

I'd imagine they have much greater expectations than most regional casinos. We'll see how it pans out.

 hail2skins responded on Thursday, 15th December 2016

By the early part of this week you had some blackjack tables available at $15 during the day, as well as $25 craps.

I went three times at various points last weekend and overall came away with the impression that they tried to cram too much into the casino. The craps pit butts up right against the cage, and the HL room is at one end of the casino instead of centrally located.

 vespajet responded on Friday, 16th December 2016

MGM has been using National Harbor to show what their proposed property in Atlanta could look like if Georgia were to legalize casinos in the state (The measure failed this year, but MGM and several other gaming companies have renewed their push for the upcoming legislative session.). MGM will likely keep plugging away for the next several years, as the current governor is against legalizing casinos (Although MGM and other operators have said that they would contribute into the state's HOPE Scholarship fund, which was created when the Georgia Lottery was launched in 1993.), but did allow the already in place "video poker machines" to be linked into the lottery and some of that revenue goes into HOPE (Although there's been a number of places that dropped the machines as they didn't want to have to hook them up to the lottery as they had been making a lot of tax-free money with these machines.).