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Maryland Live! Casino: Table games open

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It's been a long night and day for the dealers working the new table games at Maryland Live Casino.

Dealers like Raymond Varieur from Silver Spring, a recent graduate from dealer school. He's with the Maryland National Guard by day and now he gets a chance to deal cards at Maryland Live Casino by night.

“I was nervous this morning but it's everything we were trained to do so it's fun,” he says.

And there was a lot of excitement and fanfare at the stroke of midnight, when table gaming, games like black jack, craps and roulette, officially kicked off here at Maryland Live.

“We hired more than 500 dealers through the training school and it was very exciting seeing them all in action,” says Neil Sloan, vice president of Gaming Tables at Maryland Live.

And all 122 tables have been hopping since midnight.

Maryland Live has become one of the top casinos in the mid-Atlantic in its first year of operation. It's already pulled in more than $300 million. The state of Maryland will take 60 percent of that in taxes. Table games are expected to bring in millions more by the time Maryland Live celebrates its second anniversary. Those revenues will be taxed at 20 percent.

The new games are what brought Amy Edwards in Thursday.

“I am a little intimidated, but I'm going to hit black jack and craps,” she says. “I don't know I'm just looking for luck.”

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