Casinos contribute $71 million to the state
(Baltimore) – With the lifting of capacity restrictions, Maryland’s six casinos generated a single-month record of $169,179,016 in gaming revenue during March of 2021. The total represents an increase of $5,916,168 (3.6%) compared to March of 2019, when the casinos produced the previous single-month record of $163,262,848. In 2020, all six casinos were closed from March 16 to June 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state’s 50% capacity restriction for casinos was lifted on March 12, 2021, with two exceptions. Under local jurisdiction orders, MGM National Harbor’s capacity was raised from 25% to 50% on March 12, and Horseshoe Casino’s capacity was raised from 25% to 50% on March 26. The remaining four casinos have no capacity limitations, but not all slot machine and table game seats can be occupied because all casinos must continue to comply with social-distancing guidelines.
Casino gaming contributions to the state in March 2021 totaled $71,004,225, an increase of $3,573,114 (5.3%) compared to the $67,431,111 contributed to the state in March 2019.
Contributions to the Education Trust Fund (ETF) in March 2021 were $51,628,596, an increase of $1,038,534 (2.1%) compared to the $50,590,062 in ETF contributions during March 2019. 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, 2020, and began reopening with capacity limitations on June 19, 2020. 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.
The gaming revenue totals for March 2021 are as follows:
MGM National Harbor (1,720 slot machines, 200 table games)
$66,514,617 in March 2021, an increase of $3,738,778 (6.0%) from March 2019
Live! Casino & Hotel (2,759 slot machines, 184 table games)
$61,108,722 in March 2021, an increase of $5,162,000 (9.2%) from March 2019
Horseshoe Casino (1,029 slot machines, 152 table games)
$19,783,843 in March 2021, a decrease of $5,817,552 (-22.7%) from March 2019
Hollywood Casino (604 slot machines, 16 table games)
$8,656,086 in March 2021, an increase of $1,503,712 (21.0 %) from March 2019
Ocean Downs Casino (605 slot machines, 18 table games)
$7,513,310 in March 2021, an increase of $884,696 (13.3%) from March 2019
Rocky Gap Casino (512 slot machines, 16 table games)
$5,602,437 in March 2021, an increase of $443,534 (8.6%) from March 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 1-800-426-2537.