Casinos contribute $53.9 million to the state
(Baltimore) – Maryland’s six casinos generated $128,763,516 in gaming revenue during January of 2021. The total represents a decrease of 11.5% (-$16,703,436) compared to the January 2020 total of $145,466,952. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MGM National Harbor, Live! Casino & Hotel and Horseshoe Casino were limited to 25% of their capacity during January 2021, while the state’s other three casinos were limited to 50% capacity.
Casino gaming contributions to the state in January 2021 totaled $53,964,464, a decrease of $6,244,276 (-10.4%) compared to the $60,208,740 contributed to the state in January 2020.
Contributions to the Education Trust Fund (ETF) in January 2021 were $39,215,848, a decrease of $5,945,370 (-13.2%) compared to the $45,161,218 in ETF contributions during January 2020. Casino gaming revenues also support the communities and jurisdictions where the casinos are located, Maryland’s horse racing industry, and small, minority- and women-owned businesses.
As part of Maryland’s effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, the casinos were closed on March 16 and began reopening with capacity limitations on June 19. Casino operators worked with local and state public health officials to develop their reopening protocols. The casinos have implemented social distancing and sanitation procedures, including a requirement that all employees and patrons wear face coverings.
Maryland’s six privately owned casinos offer both slot machines and table games: MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County; Live! Casino & Hotel in Anne Arundel County; Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City; Ocean Downs Casino in Worcester County; Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County; and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County.
Here are the gaming revenue totals for January 2021:
MGM National Harbor (1,623 slot machines, 196 table games)
$50,502,764 in January 2021, a decrease of $8,023,745 (-13.7%) from January 2020
Live! Casino & Hotel (2,756 slot machines, 184 table games)
$47,772,497 in January 2021, a decrease of $3,975,686 (-7.7%) from January 2020
Horseshoe Casino (1,003 slot machines, 151 table games)
$13,757,653 in January 2021, a decrease of $5,530,627 (-28.7%) from January 2020
Hollywood Casino (583 slot machines, 16 table games)
$6,840,730 in January 2021, an increase of $724,008 (11.8 %) from January 2020
Ocean Downs Casino (610 slot machines, 18 table games)
$5,665,890 in January 2021, an increase of $318,094 (5.9%) from January 2020
Rocky Gap Casino (412 slot machines, 16 table games)
$4,223,982 in January 2021, a decrease of $215,479 (-4.9%) from January 2020
Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for oversight of the state’s casinos. In this role, the agency provides direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security, regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities. To keep Marylanders informed and to maintain transparency of casino operations, monthly financial reports are posted on mdgaming.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghelp.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.