Rocky Gap Casino and Hotel is situated in the Northwest corner of Maryland, not too far from the Pennsylvania state line. It is the smallest of the six Maryland casinos with 50,000 square feet of gaming space, around 600 slot machines, and 15 tables games.
Rocky Gap lacks both a poker room and an off-track betting parlor, but it is one of the casinos in Maryland with an attached hotel. The Rocky Gap hotel boasts 200 rooms in addition to a spa.
Rocky Gap is the only casino in the Golden Entertainment portfolio that is not located in Nevada. In the Silver State, Golden is best known for the chain of PTs Taverns but also owns the Las Vegas Strip casino The Strat.
Golden is not known for its strong sports betting presence in Nevada, so it is unclear exactly how Rocky Gap will proceed on the sports betting front in Maryland. We can offer some guesses though as well as rundown what Rocky Gap has to offer as a casino property.
Address: 16701 Lakeview Rd NE, Flintstone, MD 21530
Phone number: (301) 784-8400
Opened in: 2013
Retail sportsbook: Not yet
Online sportsbook: Not yet
Gaming floor: 50,000 square feet
Slots: Over 600
Table games: 15
Poker room: No
Off-track betting: No
Hotel: Yes, 200
What is interesting about Rocky Gap as a Maryland sportsbook operator is that the property has a wide range of options at its disposal. It is one of only two properties that do not already have a presumed partner.
As mentioned, Golden Entertainment is a growing brand in the Nevada gaming space, but sports betting is definitely not its forte. The Strat in Vegas features a William Hill sportsbook. However, now that William Hill is part of the Caesars sports betting brand, it seems unlikely that partnership will extend beyond the single property.
Where does that leave Rocky Gap? The casino is eligible for a Class A-2 license, which involves a $1 million upfront fee and a $300,000 renewal fee every five years. In exchange, the property can operate a retail sportsbook and an online sportsbook brand.
For brands like BetRivers, DraftKings sports app, PointsBet Sportsbook, and WynnBet Sports MD, the options for a retail sportsbook are limited to either casinos or sports betting or horse racing venues. Of course, retail is not a big part of anyone’s plans in expanding states, so the question will be if that component makes it worth the brands partnering with Rocky Gap or just getting a standalone online betting license. Given the casino’s size and remote location, it does seem like a tough sell that Rocky Gap retail betting will impact the bottom line.
Rocky Gap Casino is open 24 hours a day. Like all Maryland casinos, Rocky Gap is smoke-free. There’s an outdoor smoking deck off the main casino floor. The gaming floor has all of the gambling selections most people would expect from a modern casino. Let’s take a look at the games available on the casino floor.
Rocky Gap Casino has 662 video poker and slot machines. In 2019 Rocky Gap won a few slot machine awards in Maryland by readers of Strictly Slots magazine:
The casino also won some gaming adjacent awards for Casino Where You Feel Luckiest, Best Comps, Best Players Club Lounge, and Friendliest Casino.
Rocky Gap Casino offers slots for both low rollers and high rollers. All guests can choose from a selection of the newest slot games like Lightning Link and a variety of related “Link” games. Big spenders can play slots with denominations as high as $25 per credit.
Rocky Gap has a total of 16 table games. The casino offers traditional games along with some newer card games and side bets. The table games at Rocky Gap include the following:
The casino does not offer live poker at this time.
Lottery players will enjoy being able to play these games at Rocky Gap Casino. Signatures Bar and Grill offers loyalty games that are known by many as lottery games. Loyalty games are available at Signatures Bar and Grill and on the casino floor. Rocky Gap Casino offers the following Loyalty games:
Rocky Gap Casino offers entertainment options and amenities beyond the casino floor. Signatures Bar & Grill typically offers live entertainment from April to October. When there isn’t live entertainment, the bar and restaurant offer a great place to grab a drink and meal with beautiful views and multiple TVs to watch the games.
The new 4,000-square-foot Lakeside Grille will replace Lakeside Restaurant soon. This should be one of the top restaurants in Maryland with beautiful views overlooking the lake.
Rocky Gap Casino also features Maryland’s only Jack Nicklaus Design Golf Course. The 7,000-yard par 72 golf course also features a large driving range with 50 places, two large putting greens, two chipping areas.
The Spa at Rocky Gap Casino offers massages and a variety of salon services.
Rocky Gap Casino also offers a large space for groups to gather for anything from work meetings to a golf tournament meetup.
In addition to the property amenities, Rocky Gap Casino is surrounded by amenities from the state park including an amphitheater, hiking trails, and Lake Habeeb.
The Rocky Gap Resort and Golf Course was developed in 1998 by the Maryland Economic Development Corporation. The casino didn’t come into play for more than a decade. The resort was purchased by a subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment of Minnetonka, Minnesota in April 2012.
Rocky Gap Casino opened its doors on May 22, 2013. Lakes Entertainment merged with current operator Golden Entertainment in 2015. The combined company now has 10 casinos in Nevada and Maryland including The Strat on the Vegas Strip. Rocky Gap Casino is linked with the other properties through Golden Entertainment’s True Rewards loyalty program.