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Ocean Downs Casino Grand Opening Scheduled for January 4, 2011

BERLIN, MD, Dec. 9, 2010-As of January 4, 2011, the games are on at The Ocean Downs Casino! That Tuesday, Governor Martin O'Malley and several state and local dignitaries will participate in a "ribbon-cutting ceremony" to help inaugurate the $45 million gaming facility in the heart of Maryland's beach resort community.

The casino features more than 700 video lottery terminals (slot machines), nearly 34,000 square feet of gaming space and new food and beverage offerings.

"The Location Commission is thrilled with the announced opening of the slots facility at Ocean Downs," said commission chairman Donald C. Fry. "We were impressed with the plans for the site and are confident that this world-class entertainment facility will be a tremendous asset to the Eastern Shore and the entire state of Maryland."

Providing an exceptional customer experience will be a top priority for the Ocean Downs Casino. More than 200 new employees, most who live in the areas around the Ocean Downs Casino, have been hired and trained in anticipation of the opening day.

"Our team is energized and ready to provide our guests with a fun and memorable gaming experience," said Joe Cavilla, general manager of the Ocean Downs Casino.

The casino's Maryland Lottery Controlled Demonstration will be held on December 29. Nearly 1,000 American Legion members have been invited to the private event to test the slots and try out the customer service skills of the casino staff.

"The January 4 opening is a testament to the dedication of our construction teams and all the people working to bring this gaming experience to the people of Maryland," Ocean Enterprise 589 LLC President William M. Rickman Jr. "We ran into some challenging construction delays-some bad weather at bad times, for example-that threatened to push back our opening. Thanks to the nearly non-stop work of our construction teams, we are able to open very close to our target date, and- most importantly-we have not compromised on quality to do so. Our guests will see that from the moment they hit the casino floor."

Crystal Layton

Director of Marketing

Phone: 410-641-0600 Ext. 3122