Operating at 50% capacity, casino revenue increases 1% compared to September 2019
(Baltimore) – For the first time since their three-month shutdown due to COVID-19, Maryland’s six casinos have produced a year-over-year increase in gaming revenue.
While COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit casinos to 50% of their capacity, September 2020 gaming revenues totaled $143,709,268, an increase of $1,486,131 (1%) compared to the September of 2019 total of $142,223,137. Four casinos saw increases from their September 2019 gaming revenues.
Casino contributions to the state in September 2020 were $59,695,881, an increase of $469,679 (0.8%) compared to the $59,226,202 contributed to the state in September 2019.
Contributions to the Education Trust Fund (ETF) in September 2020 were $43,403,605 a decrease of $1,009,187 (-2.3%) compared to the $44,412,792 in ETF contributions from September 2019. Casino gaming revenues also support 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 on June 19. Casino operators worked with local and state public health officials to develop their reopening protocols. Temperature screenings are being conducted at the door, and the casinos have implemented social distancing and sanitation procedures, including a requirement that all employees and patrons wear facemasks.
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 revenue totals for September 2020:
MGM National Harbor (1,653 slot machines, 190 table games)
$57,483,859 in September 2020, a decrease of $232,999 (-0.4%) from September 2019
Live! Casino & Hotel (2,373 slot machines, 184 table games)
$49,152,549 in September 2020, an increase of $1,446,807 (3.0%) from September 2019
Horseshoe Casino (1,024 slot machines, 152 table games)
$17,613,578 in September 2020, a decrease of $950,931 (-5.1%) from September 2019
Ocean Downs Casino (603 slot machines, 18 table games)
$7,694,931 in September 2020, an increase of $225,894 (3.0%) from September 2019
Hollywood Casino (463 slot machines, 15 table games)
$6,721,406 in September 2020, an increase of $750,356 (12.6%) from September 2019
Rocky Gap Casino (414 slot machines, 16 table games)
$5,042,945 in September 2020, an increase of $247,004 (5.2%) from September 2019
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.