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‘Rocky Gap Lodge’ is no more

A casino in Rocky Gap State Park is still a few weeks away from opening, but the new owners of what was once a state-owned vacation and conference center have already unveiled the resort’s new digital presence.

Gone is the website for Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, a failed, debt-ridden project of the Maryland Economic Development Corp. In its place is Rocky Gap Casino Resort, whose owners will try to turn the remote property into a popular 24/7 gambling operation.

The small casino — with 550 slot machines and 10 table games — replaces old conference space in the resort. Casino General Manager Scott Just said last week that new conference space should open in November.

The new website is just one sign that Evitts Resort LLC, the casino operator, is readying for an expected May 22 opening. An open house is being held at the resort on Saturday, where gamblers can sign up for the casino’s loyalty program and see the new hotel lobby.