Baltimore horseshoe

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  1. PSUhard8, Jul 20, 2016

    PSUhard8

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    has anyone been to the Baltimore horseshoe before? Spending a night here on my way to ocmd this weekend, any feedback appreciated!
     
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  2. Liman

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    funny, I might be visiting my nephew down in Baltimore in a few months and I was looking around at that website.
    any info for psuhard8 and me would be great, restaurant info, hotel.
     
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  3. random_roller, Jul 22, 2016

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    I stopped by for a few hours early Sunday morning a few weeks after the casino opened in 2014, so some early growing pains have probably (hopefully) been worked out since my visit. Because of my schedule, that morning was the only time I was able to visit before starting the long drive home. There was a Ravens home game later that day, but fortunately I arrived early enough that traffic on Russell Street wasn't too bad at that point. M&T Stadium where the Ravens play is also on Russell Street a few blocks north of the casino. I had to pay for Special Event parking (my recollection is $25 or $30, but that amount might have changed since my visit) and received a voucher for gaming credit to offset the fee. That meant going to the Total Rewards desk, where I was told the gaming credit would be added to my Total Rewards card, meaning it wasn't directly usable at a table game. When I left around noon, Russell Street was a parking lot. It took 30 minutes after exiting the casino parking garage onto Bayard Street to get back onto Russell Street (heading south, away from M&T Stadium) because the police were directing traffic towards the stadium while everyone else (on side streets) waited...and waited. So, bottom line is be aware if there is a Ravens home football game (or other special event at M&T) when you will be visiting and plan accordingly.

    My recollection of the casino is it was a nice smoke-free (except in designated areas) facility. There is no attached hotel, but the casino has arrangements with several in the Inner Harbor area (short drive/cab ride). There are lots of hotels near Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI), which is @10 miles south of the casino. From BWI, get on I-195 (briefly) to SR295 north, which eventually becomes Russell Street. Valet parking is available, as is self-service parking in an attached parking garage. The casino seemed fairly good size. Since I was there on a Sunday morning, I wasn't able to experience how crowded it might be on a Friday or Saturday evening, but I was told it could get quite busy. There were still quite a few growing pains at the time, as evidenced by occasional payout mistakes and incorrect placement of player's bets at the craps table. I didn't try any of the EGMs or other table games. Surprisingly, there was no buffet at this casino (it's a Horseshoe -- WTF?!), but it does have the Jack Binion's Steak. Dining options were quite limited on Sunday morning. Baltimore Marketplace is a casual "food court" located downstairs. I ate a late breakfast from Lenny's Deli; It took about 20 minutes to finally get my food -- after waiting at least 20 minutes to order. Chalk that one up to under staffing, especially since the casino should have expected game day patronage.

    Next time I'm in the area, I'll probably stop by again, but I'll try and plan better so I visit when there is no special event at M&T Stadium. There are a few other casinos in the area including Hollywood Casino in Perryville (MD), which is further up I-95, closer to Wilmington (DE), and Maryland Live! Casino in the Arundel Mills shopping center (Hanover, MD), a short drive from BWI International Airport.
     
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  4. PSUhard8, Jul 23, 2016

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    hey Liman. So I used my total rewards to get a comped room at the Sheraton inner harbor. Pretty decent room, our view over looked Camden yards which was pretty cool. We stayed there on Friday night. We drove from Pittsburgh and met up with the wife's sister at kona grill for a late dinner. I was planning on going to the casino after dinner but was to tired so I went to bed. I woke up and took the baby for a walk around the harbor in the morning and decided to head over to the casino, about 5 min drive from our hotel, when she took her nap. I got there around 10 Saturday morning and they had 3 tables open. 2 25$ and a 15$, they were mostly full so I waited about 10 min for a spot on the 15$ table. Bought in for 250. First shooter hit a point and a couple numbers before 7 out. The 3 guys next to me all playing the don't. Next to shooters hit a few numbers then 7 out. The 4th shooter then hit points, but was killing the 6 9 and 10. I started with 2 numbers but by the time he severed out I had a 30$ 6 30$ 8 50$ 9 and 20$ 10. I cashed out for 385 and headed on to ocean city. Was there for about 30-40 min. They were 12 ft tables and did have 100x odds. Hope that helps. Had a nice stay and made a few bucks on the trip so i enjoyed it!
     
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    thankyou both for sharing experiences, like Ive said before, I trust here more that what I read on tripadvisor.
     
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