News 4's Chris Gordon tours new poker room at Maryland Live! casino in Anne Arundel County.
Maryland Live! began as a slots-only destination -- now, a poker room with more than 50 tables will offer a full array of live gambling options.
Before casino gambling was legalized, D.C. metro residents would travel to casinos in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. Maryland Live!, the state's now-largest casino, opened its doors last summer.
"Here in the state of Marland, we send over a million dollars a day to the state to fund education and other services to the state," Joe Weinberg, president of Maryland Live! said Thursday. "[The poker room] will just continue to add to the revenue base."
The state of Maryland netted nearly $830 million in lottery and casino revenues in the last fiscal year, and opened 24 hours a day in 2013.
"[I come here] because it's convenient and it's at home and it helps pay my taxes," Maryland resident Truhan McCray said.
The casino room is set to open Aug. 28.