Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sin City Comes to Washington DC

MGM has opened a resort casino and hotel, at National Harbor.  This is not exactly Washington DC, it is about 6-7 miles down the Potomac and on the Maryland side.  As the crow flies, it is about 2 miles from my condo.  It opened in December, my first visit was in February.  I waited for the traffic to subside, and went on a Sunday morning (it is open 24 hours a day.) Parking was plentiful and free.  It is not well connected to public transit, there is a local bus - that runs a couple of times and hour.   

It is nice.  A little lighter and airier than most casinos and 100% smoke free.  That is really nice, the last time I was in a casino I left after a few minutes to get out of the funky air.  

The complex includes a hotel, connected to the casino by a bright atrium with an Asian theme.  The hotel is surprisingly small, with massive glass curtain walls.  There is a theater, that seats about 2,500 people, that will feature entertainers in town to play the Verizon Center (seating 20-30,000.)  Cher is going to be there in March - I should look into ticket prices.  There are a wide array of restaurants and bars, I will try a few of those over the coming months.   There is some nice pricey shopping. 

The Casino floor is mostly slot machines, with a good mix of table games.  At 10:00 AM on a Sunday, the poker rooms were half full.  There is a nice mix of machines.  

So do I gamble?  A little.  I put $20 in my pocket when I went in, and considered it money spent on entertainment when it went in my pocket.  I left with $12.25 of that after almost an hour.  At one point I was a couple of dollars ahead. I play as long as my spent money lasts and as long as I enjoy it.   

Are there Casinos near you? 


  1. valley forge casino (just down the road about 7 miles from my home) near the national park battlefield. have never been, don't care, not a gambler, don't wanna smell other people's nasty cigarettes.

  2. What I would give to be married to someone with a $20 budget!!!

  3. Yep...I live about a mile from Maryland Live at Arundel Mills, and have no plans of ever going.



  4. Dotted around London. Can't say gambling has ever floated my boat tho.

  5. Lots of casinos nearby; full of smoke and they resemble the 3rd level of hell.

  6. We have many casinos on Indian reservations throughout San Diego county. I went to one once many years ago.