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Arundel Mills casino authorized to open Wednesday

Maryland Live! casino at Arundel Mills mall (Photo: Maximilian Franz)

Following a battery of tests Saturday, the Maryland State Lottery Agency authorized the Maryland Live! casino at Arundel Mills mall to open as planned Wednesday at 10 p.m.

The agency announced Monday afternoon that lottery Director Stephen L. Martino signed the casino’s operating license, an expected outcome, and the last remaining hurdle between the casino and its opening.

The casino conducted a controlled demonstration Saturday — attended by 7,500 people — which tested slot machines, food service, security, employee training, internal controls and technical systems.

In a statement, Martino said the casino had done an “outstanding job preparing itself to open to the public.”

“The public can go to Maryland Live! with confidence that the facility is safe and secure and the gaming is being conducted fairly,” Martino said.

The casino will donate its take from the controlled demonstration to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, Baltimore Washington Medical Center Foundation, Anne Arundel Community College Foundation and the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

More than 3,000 slot machines and about 150 seats at electronic table games will be operational Wednesday. The Cordish Cos., the casino’s developer, intends for 4,750 slot machines to be operable by the fall, when an entertainment venue is also expected to open.