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Maryland Live!

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by LandryBalla9, Nov 26, 2013.

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  1. LandryBalla9

    LandryBalla9 High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Been going a few times recently and while they have high minimums for table games (presumably because of lack of competition and people would go anyways), I have found it pretty enjoyable. Here's the weirdest part, it's in a mall complex!

    Has anyone else gone to this casino? I'm trying to figure out their comps system since there is no online component and thus I have no idea what I'm rated at and how long. Also no idea how to get to the next tier...

    Any guidance would be great and/or experiences here!
     
  2. codingkw

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    You wont get much from there.
     
    Time to get married and have fun
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    Went there for the first time couple weeks ago. My buddy and I had dinner at the prime rib and then played for about an hour in the high limit room playing blackjack. Didn't know we had to pay for drinks but a host came up to us (we were outside smoking) and gave us comp slips for drinks. She gave us her card, brought us into the office and said next time we come to let her know and she will comp us dinner at prime rib and if we need a room.

    Their customer service IMHO is much better than Hollywood in Charlestown.
     
  4. Busyman

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    I've been there. They are semi-local.

    They are not in a mall complex per se. They are next to it.
     
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    I'm a "gold" tiered member on their players card system. That doesn't really fetch any extra benefits. I think I earned gold status by hitting their video poker bar a lot, and playing their electronic table games back when one could make a 50 cent pass line bet in craps (they've since fixed that electronic flaw)

    I think MD Live's comp system is learning as they go, it seems. Methinks Baltimore's Horseshoe will kick their butts when its finally built, then MGM National Harbor will nearly put MD Live out of business when that opens in 2016.

    I do give them credit however for having some very good live entertainment in the Ram's Head center stage. Usually very upbeat music :beer:

    As far as the point system goes. $1 coin-in = 1 point. 600 points = $1 comp. One night in the high limit room, I watched a player check his point balance, and he had over 1.5 million points :eek:. That is when I realized how much of a low roller I am :peace:. I've met the olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps in that same high limit room :evillaugh

    I think the poker room rates $1 comp per hour of play. I've presented my card at the regular BJ/craps tables every time, and never have noticed any increases in comps from playing the tables ($25 minimum).

    I think one needs to be a pumpkin chip bettor for 4 hours to receive a meal in this place.
     
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    The problem with MD Live! is that it's run by folks that are not casino people. The thing they have going for it is being basically "first" and the location being between the Washmet and Baltimoremet areas.

    It has no hotel and no network.

    MGM (MLife) near me will kick it's ass since it'll be in a way better area and have better options surrounding it (the National Harbor).
    That will have a Gaylord Hotel & Convention Center feeding it shuttles all day and night among all the other hotels there like the Westin and Aloft. Hell MGM is going to have a hotel too. All in a nothing drive to National Airport.
    Then Horseshoe (Total Rewards) in Baltimore is smack dab IN the metro area next Orioles' Camden Yards and Raven's M&T Bank Stadium and next to Baltimore harbor.

    Now that I think about it, like the poster before me said, MD Live! will be dead in quick fashion.

    Before that tho', expect the comps system to get much more friendly.
     
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    Theey do have a hotel network. Stayed at the A loft 2 fridays ago that a host put me in comped and they had a 24 hour shuttle. She said they have 7 hotels to put players in. She also comped me dinner for 2 at prime rib and drank for free while playing even though you have to pay for drinks.

    I think the more surrounding casinos the better so we have a choice to go. We now have hollywood, md live, hopefully mgm at natl harbor and whoever opens in downtown bmore.
     
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    I kinda misspoke there. They have partnerships but nothing of their own really.

    I mean the same people own the Power Plant Live in Bmore Harbor.

    In contrast, National Harbor and Horseshoe will translate their player's clubs to other properties outside of the area. Live Rewards don't really go anywhere.

    I really wish we could have a cluster of casinos on one area but the way it's designed in MD is too have them spread out like franchises of the same business.

    The one in Bmore is called Horseshoe. The MGM National Harbor is the front runner. I live ultra close to all 3 proposed ones in PG County and National Harbor is the best fit.
     
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    Is it 100% that horseshoe got bmore? I thought cet was the frontrunner there. I hope mgm does get natl harbor and hope their players club is mlife. I have heard that mgm foxwoods is not mlife. Natl harbor is also closest to me.
     
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    I went to MD Live and it sucked. The casino is okay as far as casinos go, but the one thing that turned me off is that no outside food or drink was allowed. Meaning, no Starbucks and they don't have anything even close to Starbucks in the casino. That was the one and only time I'll ever go there.
     
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    Horseshoe is CET (but Baltimore has other partners) and it will still use TR.

    MGM Foxwoods is a name lease.

    Also Horseshoe Bmore is being built already (set for mid-2014) and the site selection as to who gets the PG County casino is this Friday. (Hollywood, Parx, or MGM). If MGM gets it, you can bet it'll be MLife. Foxwoods sounds tribal.
     
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    Good info, thanks.
     
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    The Prime Rib :nono: there's Maryland Live's other problem. I almost checked them out, until I read this.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-prime-rib-hanover

    and their Asian restaurant is even worse

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/noodles-hanover

    I haven't seen so many one star reviews on Yelp as for the restaurants in Maryland's newest casino. That is quite a shame.

    The buffet is fairly decent on Friday night, with unlimited Snow Crab, but the price is a bit on the high side at $35/head.

    The Cheesecake Factory and Bobby Flay's Burger Palace are good food, but they are not connected to the casino, so to speak, so comp offers cannot be extended to those restaurants. That is what they say now. When MGM finally wipes out the customer base, I'm sure the two restaurants will be begging MD Live to send comped guests over to help them pay the rent.
     
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    Didnt read the reviews but have eatten there twice now and both meals were fantastic. The service this last time was iffy but they were slammed. Me and my buddy were drinking a $150 bottle of red wine and the waiter just brought us a new bottle on him. Also ate at the one in dc awhile back and that was great too.
     
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    Btw, i had the bone-in ribeye which was a special and not prime rib.
     
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    $35 a head with unlimited snow crab in this area? That's a bargain.

    It seems like The Prime Rib reviews are citing bad service but not bad food.

    Personally, I'd rather go to Fogo De Chao in DC or Bmore or Chima in Tysons.

    I get unlimited prime rib, filet mignon, etc. Lol
     
  17. broncofn

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    Yes the service is on/off depending how busy they are. I own a few cafes in the dc metro area and you need to expect that with any new establishment you open to work the kinks out (could take 6-12months).

    If anyone or any franchise says they are perfect when first opening, they are full of crap. I just opened a new place close to mass ave in dc and opening another place in bethesda md in 2-3 months and am going crazy on how im going to run everything and this is from a small business owner.

    Fogo and chima are awesome but get ready to drink tons of water afterwards lol. Seems like they use alot of salt which i believe is to get ppl to stop eatting after awhile. You will not notice while you are there but when in the car or while home.

    Everyone has issues in the begining but it all gets worked out in time.
     
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    What cafes? I will check them out.

    Also yeah certain things are salted like flank steak and such.

    What restaurants do to get people out is keep the glasses filled. You drink too much, you're done, you doggy bag it, and the restaurant has an empty table. Ha and the salt will make you drink more....evil genius.

    I know the whole Washmet area very well. I worked in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Calverton, DC (the longest), Falls Church, and now in Arlington.

    Btw, I used to love Greenfields in Rockville and have no idea why they shutdown.

    I'm also surprised there's no casinos in Montgomery County county.

    I'd think the Prime Rib would have had a plan for the expecting a certain amount of patrons at the new location.
     
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    Actually, restaurants would rather keep your drinks flowing and ppl drinking than food eaten (more income percentage). But I believe in dc, you have to sell a certain percentage of food to your alcohol sales.

    Pm me and I will tell you my caf├ęs. Where in Arlington do you work? I live in loudon county.
     
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    My very good friend lives directly across from A-Town if you know that area.
     
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