This facility is built on the grounds of Rocky Gap State Park in western Maryland. The first proposal was rejected due to failure by the developer to pay licensing fees. The Maryland Lottery subsequently lowered the casino tax rate for this location and allowed a second round of bids for new proposals. However, no developers submitted any bids. During the third round of bids, three developers submitted bids and licensing fees, two of which have been rejected. The license went to the remaining developer and was awarded in late April 2012. Construction began after receiving approval by the Board of Public Works in which the developer bought the entire existing resort in addition to building the casino. The facility opened on May 22, 2013.
The first phase with 3,200 slot machines and electronic table games opened on June 6, 2012. Phase II with 1,550 additional machines opened in September 2012. Traditional live table games began operation on April 11, 2013. A two story Poker Room opened on August 28, 2013.
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Governor Martin O'Malley has stated that he will look to expand Maryland's array of gambling in the 2012 Legislative Session. On February 7, 2012, Senator Douglas JJ Peters introduced legislation in the Maryland State Senate that would legalize an additional casino in Prince George's County. His legislation would legalize a certain number of slot machines and table games in Prince George's as well as table games for the other two open and three yet-to-open casinos in Maryland. The legislation would set aside 2.5% of the Prince George's casino revenue for an economic development fund and an additional 2.5% of revenue to fund the construction of a new hospital in the county. Such legislation must be approved by the House of Delegates, Senate, Governor, state-wide voter referendum, and county-wide voter referendum. It's been speculated that a casino license in Prince George's County would be awarded to a company that plans to build it at either National Harbor or Rosecroft Raceway. While this proposal failed during the regular 2012 legislative session, Governor Martin O'Malley championed a special session in July of that year to address the issue of gambling expansion, which passed in the Maryland legislature. The casino legislation required it to pass a Maryland referendum in November. On November 6, 2012, the casino referendum passed allowing table games at the existing authorized casinos and allowing a sixth casino to be built in Prince George's County. On December 20, 2013, the Prince George's County casino license was awarded to MGM Resorts International for a casino resort to open in 2016 at National Harbor.