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There’s gambling and booze 24 hours a day in Maryland Casinos

There's gambling and booze 24 hours a day in Maryland Casinos

Thanks to a series of laws passed by the General Assembly and the gambling expanding referendum held last year, players at three of Maryland’s casinos will be able to order alcohol around the clock.

There's gambling and booze 24 hours a day in Maryland Casinos

Three of Maryland’s casinos have received permission to serve customers with alcoholic drinks 24 hours a day.

This means that as long as people are playing they will be able to order a drink regardless of the time. Unsurprisingly this has led to complaints from restaurant and bar owners who are claiming that casinos have an unfair advantage.
Marc McFaul, the owner of a number of Federal Hill drinking establishments said, “I have great concerns that it won’t be a level playing field.”

The only casino not to serve alcohol all night is the casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County. Bar and restaurant owners in nearby Ocean City protested the idea and a compromise was reached whereby the casinos will stop serving at 4am.

The anti-gambling lobby is also against the change. Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) said, “The first time someone dies from a drunk driver coming out of Maryland Live at 3 in the morning with chips in his pocket, then maybe it will be an issue.”

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