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MGM Grand National Harbor Questions

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by TylerH50, Jul 14, 2017.

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  1. TylerH50

    TylerH50 Low-Roller

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    Hey. I'm going to be at MGM National Harbor Next week for The Who concert, but will probably play some while I'm there. This will be my first visit, and I have a few questions hoping some of you have actually been there lately.

    1) I know when this place opened that the Table Game limits were pretty high, especially for Craps. Has that changed? I'm more comfortable in the $10 - $15 range at the Craps & BJ table

    2) How is the Video Poker inventory? How are the odds?

    3) Any decent Carnival games?

    Thanks in Advance
     
  2. davehughes123

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    Table limits are still high on the weekends, a little lower during the week. BJ will definitely be 6:5 at the range that you're comfortable with. Video poker was actually decent but the paytables at the lower denoms are pretty poor. We went the opening week and played mostly video poker at the few bartops that were available. Can't speak on the carny games as we didn't look for them. Also, a big buzzkill is the fact that you have to pay for cocktails. Still, all in all, it's not a bad place.
     
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  3. TylerH50

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    Yes. no Free Drinks is definitely a buzz kill. Are they at least discounted?

    Thanks Dave.
     
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    Nope
     
  5. StephGrahamKC

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    I found that drinks were more than vegas. I had a double Titos and it was $16 and my husband had a Budweiser and it was $9.00. Table games were high but I think you should find some at $10. When you first enter there were the Asian games and then maybe some carnival. In the back was standard. The place is full of slots. I played video poker at the bar, honestly didn't see any other ones, but could of missed them. Service was not great and I was really disappointed at the drink prices. It's a beautiful building but the lack of service really disappointed me. I would not make a special trip to go there. We were just in DC and wanted to check it out. I will keep my $$ for Vegas.
     
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    Hey Tyler, this is my local casino. I can speak to the video poker and the drinks. Maryland law does not allow the casinos to serve free drinks unfortunately. None of our casinos have this. You can get a free water or soda, but that's about it. MGM does have some okay, but not great $1 VP.
    As you enter the casino from the parking garage, walk straight through, once you get past the poker section, turn left, go straight back and you'll run into the VP games. There is a row of about 12 machines (6 back to back) directly adjacent to the poker room. These machines have 9/5 JOB, 9/7 DB, and 9/6 DDB offerings in $1 and higher denominations. I believe the bonus poker is pretty good too. I haven't seen anything else. Just this row of machines.The rest of the VP section doesn't really have anything decent that I've seen.
     
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    Thanks for the responses!
     
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    My home casino cannot comp drinks because of state law as well, but they charge a little less to make up for that. Beers and drinks run $3-5.00 with water and pop free as well.
     
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    I wish they would do that here.
     
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    Not sure if you'll have an opportunity to play during off peak hours or just before/after the concert but I was there last Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 and was pleasantly surprised to see all craps tables running had just a $15 minimum and there was plenty of room to get on a table. Three tables running. Two were about 60-70% full and the third was completely empty with the dealers manning the table waiting for the first player to walk up and play (table had probably just opened when I walked by). I would suspect the mins get bumped up to $25 after lunchtime. Odds are only 3-4-5 though which is less than MDLive (10x) and Horseshoe Balt (100x)

    As for the blackjack conditions during this time, for a $15 min you're gonna be stuck on a 6:5 H17 CSM table but if you're willing to move up to $25 you get to actually play an excellent 6 deck shoe game that is 3:2, S17, LS, RSA, split up to 4 hands. There's only 8 of these tables on the main floor and they've got them hidden away, far from the parking garage casino entrance, all the way at the other end near the conservatory entrance (across the aisle from the high limit room). Three of the 8 tables were running at 9:30 and each table only about half full so plenty of seats available. I suspect the mins on these tables may bump up to $50 after lunch.
     
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    Tyler - We've been there only once so far and although we got blanked gaming (mostly VP) we had fun. It's a pretty nice property with a ton of food choices from $$ to $$$$. We brought a bottle of Wild Turkey (our drink of choice) and would make drinks in the room in tall glasses and take them to the casino with us. Never had so much as a second glance from the suits that guard the casino entrance. As someone else said, it's not something MGM has done to try and make more money, it's MD law. MGM would probably love to loosen people up....which has always been the primary reason behind free drinks in Vegas (IMO).
     
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    Was at NH on 7/26. BJ limits were $15 all day and night although fewer of them at night. Carny games were a mix of $10 and $15. Pai Gow and Craps $25. They have removed all of the Let It Ride tables. V/P was still crappy at the $0.25 level.

    One thing I did notice, they have started leaving the dealer cards in the automatic shuffler on 3 and 4 card poker until all of the players have made their play decision. I noticed it right off as odd but eventually realized that it must be to protect the dealer hand from seen by a player.

    Stayed in the hotel for the first time, the regular room is fairly small (think NYC sized) but was very nice. I'll definitely stay there again.
     
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    Personally I agree with the Maryland law of not being allowed free drinks. Majority of the people are getting to the MGM by driving on the beltway and it could be dangerous having people get boozed up and then hitting the road. Its different than Vegas where people are traveling by foot for the most part. But the drink prices are insane, no way a Bud Light should be $8.
     
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    I have a real problem with them leaving the cards in the shuffler on the carny tables... I had a dealer screw up three different hands of three card by accidentally messing up and pushing the muck button too soon, voiding the entire hand - including one where I had a straight. Needless to say I was NOT a happy camper, and the floor just shrugged it off. That seems to be the norm over there unfortunately.
     
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