The summer of 2021 is throwing all of its energy into one final hurrah, and the six Maryland six brick-and-mortar casinos are a part of that. Labor Day weekend this year brings special events or promotions for guests at all of those gaming facilities.
Before you try to take advantage of the deals at any of these properties, it’s important to note the COVID-19 protocol at each. Complying with safety protocols will allow everyone at the casinos and you maximum enjoyment.
What’s going on this Labor Day weekend at MD casinos?
The action you need to be aware of starts with casino promotions. Here’s a breakdown of what the casino properties have up for grabs this weekend for poker, slots, and table games players.
- Hollywood Casino Perryville: Club Hollywood members with birthdays this weekend can swipe their membership cards at any kiosk for a chance to win up to $100 in free slot play. On Friday, Sept. 3, members can also swap their Comp Dollars for free slot play at the Promo Zone from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Horseshoe Casino Baltimore: All players who hit a jackpot of at least $1,200 through September qualify for an entry into a drawing for an additional $25,000. There is no limit to the number of entries players can accrue, and the casino will draw for the prize on Oct. 1.
- Live! Casino & Hotel Hanover: The $30,000 Labor Day Hot Seat gives players a chance to be one of 50 winners from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 6. To be eligible, players must be actively playing with a Live! Rewards card at any slot or table game. The casino will randomly select up to five winners per hour during the period. At 8 p.m., one winner will receive $5,000 in free play.
- MGM National Harbor: On Saturday, Sept. 4, the casino will offer guests a spin on the Wheel of Winners from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Prizes include 150 slot points and up to 1,200 M Life Rewards tier credits.
- Ocean Downs Casino: Fall in to Cash is valid every Saturday and Sunday in September. From 2 to 8 p.m., the casino will select 10 Club Ocean members who are actively playing with their cards to drop a puck on the board. Prizes include free play and a finalist entry for $10,000 in cash.
- Rocky Gap Casino: Every Sunday in September from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, Catching a Win gives rewards members who swipe their cards at kiosks a chance at up to $4,000 in free slot play. Each Monday from 4 p.m. to midnight, guests can swipe their cards at kiosks for up to $3,000 in slot play through the Cash is Falling promotion.
Live entertainment options around MD casinos this weekend
Two of the MD casino properties have events planned for this weekend as well.
- Live! Casino & Hotel: Drag Brunch begins at noon every Sunday. Your $25 fee includes entry, seating, and viewing of the show. Beverages and food are available a la carte for paid guests. Tickets are available in advance online. Previous shows have sold out, so if you’re interested, it’s best to buy ahead of time.
- Rocky Gap Casino: On Saturday, Sept. 4, in the Event Center, Ole 97 will perform live music. Ole 97 is a Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute band. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the show starts at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, and tickets at the door are $20. The casino requires all guests in the Event Center to be at least 21 years old.
Before patrons plan to attend either of these events or try to take advantage of casino promos, however, it’s crucial to note ongoing COVID-19 protocols at the casinos. Guests are always free to contact the casino to get the latest information.
Do I need a mask or a vaccine card at the casino?
Here are the current protocols at each property.
- Hollywood: All guests must wear face masks except when actively eating, drinking, or taking medication regardless of vaccination status. At this time, guests are not required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test for entry.
- Horseshoe: Caesars’ corporate policy is for its properties to follow local guidelines. On Aug. 5, Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott reinstated a mandate that requires all persons to wear face masks indoors in places like casinos, regardless of vaccination status. Patrons do not have to prove they are vaccinated or show a negative test to enter the casino.
- Live! Casino & Hotel: All guests need to wear face masks regardless of vaccination status. Guests may temporarily lower masks when drinking, eating, and taking medication. Again, there’s no requirement for guests to submit proof of either a negative test or vaccine.
- MGM National Harbor: Akin to Caesars, MGM puts the onus for its properties on local guidance. Prince George’s County requires all people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face masks indoors. Vaccination cards or negative test results are not a condition for entry.
- Ocean Downs Casino: Ocean requires unvaccinated and vaccinated people alike to wear face masks while on-site except when drinking, eating, or taking medication. Guests do not have to show a negative test or vaccination card to get in.
- Rocky Gap Casino: Whether or not you’re vaccinated, you need to wear a face mask unless you’re actively drinking, eating, or taking medication. Like the other properties, you don’t have to show a negative test or vaccine to enter.
With this information in hand, guests at MD casinos should be prepared to enjoy a fun, and possibly lucrative, Labor Day weekend.