Maryland has five casinos including Maryland Live Casino and a sixth and last casino is in the planning stages. The final gambling licence in the state was granted to MGM Resorts at the end of 2013 and the company hopes to open its casino resort in 2016. Maryland Live Casino opened in stages. Initially it had slot machines and electronic casino games in 2012. Almost a year later, live table games such as online roulette, baccarat, craps and blackjack were introduced. Then at the end of the summer of 2013, a large poker room was opened.
Maryland Live Casino is situated in the Arundel Mills commercial area and hundreds of thousands of clients visiting the casino every month spending vast amounts of money. As well as attracting gamblers of every level, all of this money also entices those who want to come by it dishonestly so there is a major surveillance system in place in Maryland Live Casino. Those intent on cheating or trying to gain money fraudulently are under scrutiny from the moment they enter the huge entertainment, retail and gambling complex. A security team of around 200 is led by an experienced former member of the Howard County Police Dept. The hub of the security operation is in a room whose actual position in the casino is a closely guarded secret. Into this room over a thousand security cameras transmit everything that takes place in and around the casino all day and night since the casino is open 24 hours.
When the casino launched its 122 live table games in April 2013, players looking forward to gambling weren’t the only ones waiting to crowd around the roulette, blackjack or baccarat tables to try their luck. Mingling with the eager players when the new tables were launched and even for a certain time after that were fraudsters, who had come from different states and even different parts of the world to try their luck at cheating the surveillance system. Luckily for Maryland Live, they haven’t had too much success but the constant battle with cheaters raises the security bill to millions of dollars. However with an income of around 586 million dollars in 2013, the casino’s surveillance system both technological and human earns its keep.