On Wednesday, Lakes Entertainment Inc. of Minnesota plans to open the doors to a new casino in Rocky Gap State Park in western Maryland via its Evitts Resort LLC subsidiary.
The new hot spot will feature 558 slot machines and 10 table games in the newly rechristened Rocky Gap Casino Resort.
The casino’s opening is contingent upon a successful demonstration of gambling operations on Monday for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
The Rocky Gap Casino will add 250 jobs at the resort.
General Manager Scott Just says the casino was designed to compliment the rustic charm of what was formerly the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort.
“While we want to get some movement and animation, we tried to stay a little more subtle so it fits in. We want it to obviously be a casino when you walk in, but we also want it to be a comfortable and warm place, just like the lodge is,” Just said.
Scott said the new casino won’t have big, outdoor signs like those seen at Maryland Live! in Anne Arundel County.
The Maryland Park Service has also installed a median to separate resort-bound traffic from those heading to picnic and beach areas.