MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino – Compared to Connecticut Mega-Casinos

mgm-nation-harborThe 23-acre MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino sits on the banks of the Potomac River about 15 miles from Washington and is the first resort-casino to break ground in the metropolitan D.C. area. The MGM National joins five other casinos in Maryland, an outgrowth of 2012 legislation that expanded casinos and gaming in the state. Click here to see map of the property. mgm-national-harbor-property-map2

It’s impressive, it’s big, and it does include MGM’s elegant style throughout.

It has opened to quite a buzz in the DC area – echoing all the way north to Atlantic City.  While Maryland Live!, the latest addition two years ago to the Maryland state casinos, has had great success, the MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino proves to be the “Grandest” of them all.

The resort has about 5,000 parking spaces on-site. Free self-parking is available during the opening period. But MGM says it will move to a paid parking system in the future. Valet parking at the hotel drop-off area and the casino main entrance is also available. Valet parking is $25 for up to 12 hours and $45 for 12-24 hours.

Traffic problems have always been an issue in the DC area, and it seems to plague getting in and out of the new resort.  The interest is high – the opening had to close its doors until other patrons left!  A good sign.  But with only 300 rooms, the hotel seems short-sighted. If they are depending on the massive population to deal with the traffic for day trips, patrons might stay with Maryland Live! or the other Maryland casinos.

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Inside the casino at MGM National Harbor

According to the Washington Post, MGM isn’t pretending it wants to attract low-stakes players. So “if you’re going on a weekend night, don’t expect to find a blackjack table offering the chance to bet less than $25 a hand.”

How does the resort compare to Connecticut’s two Vegas-Style casinos?  At this point, we can only compare the stats of each.  The success of MGM’s new east coast resort will be seen over the years.  NETG thinks it will be an overwhelming success, and the crown jewel of the area.  But for now, here’s a brief overview to the offerings and all three and how they compare:

MGM National Harbor                                  Foxwoods                     Mohegan Sun

Total sq.ft             23-acres                                    206acres                        240 acres

Casino space – 125,000 sq.ft.                         323,376 sq.ft                  300,000+ sq.ft.

Slots                       3,300                                             4800                                  4700

Poker room         39 tables                                  97 Tables                           42  Tables 

Restaurants  –           7                                               15                                        18

Hotel(s)                 300 rooms                             2,266 rooms                       1600 rooms

Concert Venue   3000 seats                            (3) 4500+ seats         arena – 13,000 seats

Bars                              4                                                 9                                       10

Parking             5000 spaces                               over 14,000                        13,000                                   Soon-All Paid Parking                 All Free Parking              All Free Parking

The northern east coast is becoming a vibrant place for casino goers.  MGM now looks to complete MGM Springfield.  New York’s additional casinos & Wynn Boston Harbor add more options to the upper level casinos in the northeast.  Only the future will tell how they will all be able to compete.







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