Operating at 50% capacity, casinos contribute $60.8 million to the state
(Baltimore) – As Maryland’s six casinos continued operating at 50% capacity due to COVID-19, they generated $149,549,000 in gaming revenue during August, their second full month of operation after being closed for three months due to the pandemic.
The total is the eighth-best month of revenue in the Maryland casino program’s history and represents a decrease of only $4,711,219 (-3.1%) from the August 2019 total of $154,260,719, which was the fourth-best month. Hollywood Casino in Cecil County and Rocky Gap Casino in Allegany County saw increases from their August 2019 gaming revenue figures.
Casino contributions to the state in August 2020 were $60,831,129, a decrease of $2,440,296 (-3.9%) compared to the $63,271,425 contributed to the state in August 2019.
Contributions to the Education Trust Fund (ETF) in August of 2020 were $44,273,819 a decrease of $3,158,137 (-6.7%) compared to the $47,431,956 in ETF contributions from August 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 sanitizing 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 August 2020:
MGM National Harbor (1,692 slot machines, 190 table games)
$59,706,483 in August 2020, a decrease of $2,683,593 (-4.3%) from August 2019
Live! Casino & Hotel (2,327 slot machines, 184 table games)
$52,468,619 in August 2020, a decrease of $554,091 (-1.0%) from August 2019
Horseshoe Casino (1,045 slot machines, 129 table games)
$16,798,542 in August 2020, a decrease of $1,485,580 (-8.1%) from August 2019
Hollywood Casino (444 slot machines, 15 table games)
$6,782,515 in August 2020, an increase of $385,137 (6.0%) from August 2019
Ocean Downs Casino (578 slot machines, 18 table games)
$7,630,473 in August 2020, a decrease of $1,777,666 (-13.4%) from August 2019
Rocky Gap Casino (416 slot machines, 16 table games)
$6,162,368 in August 2020, an increase of $804,073 (15.0%) from August 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.