Maryland Live! getting table games Wednesday

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Table games are arriving at Maryland's largest casino. Crews rolled one table game after another out of the back of a truck and straight to the floor at Maryland Live!

After a fierce, year-long debate over the future of Maryland gambling, construction workers are putting the finishing touches on roulette, poker and craps tables.

Neal Sloane, vice president of table games at Maryland Live! handled the project and gave ABC7 a tour of the floor's newest additions.

"This is the first pit they're setting up here," Sloane says. "The rest of the pit will be black jack."

It's an $800,000 investment that will take center stage at Maryland's premiere casino. The pristine red and gold tables will sit at the front of the floor, catching the eye of gamblers like Michael Cobb.

"I'm an avid poker player and I can't wait for the tables to get here," Cobb says.

The casino next to Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover plans to open the games to the public on April 11.

Maryland Live! will hire dozens of dealers to man these tables.

As for the competition between Maryland Live! and the planned, billion dollar casino at National Harbor, management isn't worried.

"We'll get right in front of them, hopefully," Sloane says. "We're going to loyalize our customers. So, I'm not worried about competition. We can handle it.

Gamblers were able to play table games in Maryland for the first time in early March when the Hollywood Casino Perryville rolled out its games. In November, Maryland voters approved the expansion of table games, as well as a new casino site in Prince George's County.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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