Anne Arundel casino now open 24/7

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“I told my friends for my 21st birthday I was going gambling with my grandma,” the now-legal resident of Kingstowne in Fairfax County said with a laugh.

On Thursday, Ms. Herbst made the 45-minute drive to the Anne Arundel casino with her mother, Molly, and her grandmother, Barbara Boatman, an Oklahoma resident who proudly announced she turned 80 on 12/12/12.

The women had passed the highway sign for the casino earlier in the month and decided it would be a good place to go for a celebration.

Asked about the late-night hours, Mrs. Herbst said she would “absolutely” take advantage of the extended hours.

“My husband and I can come out here for a date,” she said.

Sitting in front of a colorful one-armed bandit, Melvin Johnson, 63, of Adelphi, said he also might try out the later hours if he finds they’re luckier.

“I’m a casual player. I don’t play that often,” he said. “But I might spend a little time here.”

D.C. resident Ro Quander, 35, said he likely wouldn’t take advantage of the late business.

“It doesn’t bother me,” he said of the hours, “but I like coming during the day.”

Shirley Lassiter of Portsmouth, Va., said she comes to Maryland to visit family, but with the casino here it’s “convenient” to visit both.

The one thing stopping her from staying late, she said, was the drive home.

Gazing at the slot machine in front of her, the woman who called herself “older than the gambling age,” said she likely won’t take advantage of the all-night hours since she lives more than three hours away.

“If I was living here, it may be a different story,” she said. “I gamble with my head, not over it. Four in the morning is over my head.”

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