Try Your Luck at These Nearby Casinos

A gambling newbie places her bets on adult playgrounds ranging from high style to old-school.

The Orchid gaming and
smoking patio bar. Courtesy photo

The gaming floor has a smoking section that thankfully features one wall entirely open to fresh air. Bars are sprinkled throughout the space, and a Bobby’s Burger Palace satisfies when all your imbibing has brought on a case of the munchies.

This was my first casino visit for research purposes, and while I used my sign-up bonus for an hour of fun on the slots, I mostly wandered around drinking stiff gin and tonics and trying to muster the courage to sit down at a table and join the action. Those reasonably priced $5 tables were always packed. Maybe returning during an off-peak time, like a weekday, is a better way to dip a toe in?

I later learned that Live! offers tutorials on some of the more popular table games. It also hosts a regular Ladies Poker Brunch that includes a poker tutorial from dealers.

Live! Casino & Hotel, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, No. 7777, Hanover, Maryland; 855-563-5483;

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If You Go

The hotel lobby at Live! Courtesy photo

Where to stay: The hotel attached to this casino recently earned a AAA Four Diamond Rating, and it’s easy to see why from the minute you step into the lobby. Its contemporary art collection includes everything from works by local artists to an Andy Warhol, and the second-floor spa level features guest room suites outfitted with private spa rooms and a fancy shower operated by a digital display on the wall.

Where to eat: The property features an outpost of The Prime Rib, where you should absolutely order a barrelaged Manhattan, a heaping bowl of steamed clams in lobster broth and whatever cut of steak calls to you. For breakfast, head down to David’s for crab hash, classic eggs Benedict or a stack of pancakes.

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