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Maryland Live! casino opens

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Gamblers converged Wednesday night on Maryland's largest casino.

PHOTOS: Maryland Live! opens its doors

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PHOTOS: Maryland Live! opens its doors

Cars were slowly streaming into the Maryland Live! Casino Wednesday night shortly before its official opening at 10 p.m. It's located next to the Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover.

The Maryland State Highway Administration advised drivers to expect a high volume of traffic along Maryland Route 100 and Route 295 through this weekend because of the opening.

Right now, the casino has about 3,200 slot machines. Another 1,550 slot machines are set to be added in a second phase between July and October.

State officials hope the $500 million casino will boost Maryland's economy by $400 million a year.

From the thousands of slots to the entertainment venues, it's a gaming destination that promises to deliver.

The casino also has five restaurants that are set to open.

Rudy Volpe, executive chef at Maryland Live!, says, "People are going to be surprised...if you can't find something to eat here, you wont find it anywhere."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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