The Horseshoe Baltimore poker room is not as highly publicized as its neighbor 15 minutes south, Maryland Live! and it doesn’t have the buzz of the newer MGM Grand National Harbor. But Horseshoe’s status as a “downtown” casino, with access to other activities of a major city, was intriguing. Given the good value tournaments scheduled twice a day (much more on that later!), we decided to duck in midweek to give Horseshoe Baltimore a whirl.
.Heather and I agree on most of the critical issues in life: communication and flexibility are core to a relationship, kindness to others should be a priority, Deadwood was the greatest television series ever, and that the answer to “Do we have a bottle of wine tonight?” should always be “No, absolutely not!” at 10am and “Where’s the corkscrew?” at 7pm. You know, the important things.
Despite our overlap on key values, we do have our differences. Especially when it comes to driving. We covered our different approaches to cross-country travel recently, and years ago discussed our different perspectives on whether we’d survive RV living. Oh, and there are other bugaboos in our driving life, such as Heather’s belief that when Waze says “WTF, I didn’t know a car could go that fast!” I should probably slow down. And then there’s my soapbox speech that driving in the passing lane without passing – even on an empty highway – should be punishable by death.
One discussion that has cropped up repeatedly recently is “Which is the worst state to drive through on a long trip?”. These states are not destinations – endpoints that may in themselves be a nightmare, like Florida. These are states that you just endure to get somewhere else.
The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races poker room, as with our recent visit to the Mount Airy poker room, was part of a larger venture to an out-of-the-way location. We recently shared our trek through West Maryland including this short venture into West Virginia. If you’re headed out to the Holywood Casino at Charles Town Races, you’ll likely want to plan some other activities along the way.
After playing the small, in-the-middle of-nowhere, scantly attended Mount Airy poker room the Maryland Live! poker room was bound to provide a substantial contrast. Long touted as one of the elite poker rooms on the East Coast, Maryland Live! does not disappoint. We had not been back since a short visit to play cash years ago before we started this website. We thoroughly enjoyed our return visit and are very excited about a return to play a Tag Team Switch tournament later this month. Long time readers will know how much we love a Tag Team Switch!
Maryland Live! is just off Route 100 in Glenn Burnie Maryland. It sports a massive adjacent Mall (Arundel Mills) and is a mere five minutes from BWI airport. It’s 15 minutes from Baltimore and about 40 from Washington DC. So if you have any business in the Baltimore-Washington Region, a visit to Maryland Live! will be shockingly convenient.
The Mount Airy poker room is likely not on many poker players’ radar. It’s not near a major city – unless you’re a big fan of The Office, and an admirer of Scranton PA. Mount Airy is a modest size room, with only 12 tables and does not currently offer tournaments. However, since we were in the area visiting a friend, we decided to drop by. We have previously visited the nearby Mohegan Sun Pocono, which has some similarities to Mount Airy.