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?