Rocky Gap’s $30M casino planned for June opening

Gary Haber
Staff Reporter- Baltimore Business Journal

The owners of Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort in Allegany County plan to open their $25 million to $30 million casino in June 2013.

The casino will open with 550 slot machines and 10 table games, Lakes Entertainment Inc. President Timothy Cope told the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission on Thursday. Poker tables won’t be part of the project, at least not initially, because the casino doesn’t have space for them, Cope said following the meeting.

Lakes’s Evitts Resorts unit holds the state’s license to operate a casino at the Flintstone resort. It plans to renovate the resort to accommodate a casino and has selected Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., a Minneapolis-based construction firm, as general contractor for the project. Kraus-Anderson is in the process of selecting subcontractors for the project.

Kraus-Anderson has built other casinos for Lakes Entertainment (NASDAQ: LACO) including the five-year-old Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich.

Cope said the casino will employ 350 people, with hiring starting in early spring 2013. The company plans to do a series of job fairs in and around Allegany County and will focus on hiring area residents.

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