Saturday, January 21, 2017


I have never been to Las Vegas or Atlantic City; but I have gambled at Wheeling Island in West Virginia and in Anne Arundel County in Maryland. But yesterday I got a fare to National Harbor and decided to check out the new "MGM Resort". 

It is HUGE. The parking garage alone is enough to get lost in even if you do remember to note your level and section. And the signage steering you to the elevators is confusing. I walked up and down for ten minutes and passed the elevators twice before I found the way in. 

My preference in table games is for blackjack tables with $10 or $15 minimums and $10 minimums for games like Let It Ride Poker, Pai Gow, and Baccarat. I was rather surprised to see these minimums at MGM (even in the middle of a weekday) less than two months after the Grand Opening. (of course, most tables had $25 minimums). Plus, every $15 minimum table had seats available.

I had told myself I wasn't going to do any wagering, but in the end I put five bucks into a penny slots machine and wagered 50 cents a pull. fifteen minutes later after a lot of up-and-down I had $2.50 left. I cashed out and left. 

It won't be anytime soon, but if I have $150 to spare I plan to take it to MGM and find out how tight the slots are and see if I can increase it at the tables. The place looks like fun.

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