Another month, another $50 million-plus for Maryland Live Casino

A player reacts to a slot-machine win at Maryland Live. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post
A player reacts to a slot-machine win at Maryland Live. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post

This is not a broken record: Maryland Live Casino raked in more than $50 million in gross gambling revenue last month.

Yes, again.

The Anne Arundel County casino’s pre-tax take was $53,422,841 in November — the seventh consecutive month that it has cleared at least $50 million on its slot machines and table games.

Collectively, the state’s four casinos brought in $66.8 million in November, according to figures released Thursday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Excluding Rocky Gap Casino, the picturesque Western Maryland resort that opened in the spring, year-over-year casino revenue in the state was up 47 percent, or $20.4 million, for the month.

Nearly the entire increase came from live-action table games, which were approved last year by voters as part of a dramatic expansion of gaming in Maryland: November revenue from blackjack, craps, roulette and other table games at Maryland Live and Hollywood Casino Perryville was $20.28 million — all but $1 million of it coming from Maryland Live.

Year-over-year revenue was up at all three casinos that were already opened by this time last year. Hollywood Casino Perryville’s $6.6 million haul was 22 percent above last November’s figures, according to the state.

The Casino at Ocean Downs — the Eastern Shore racetrack casino whose business always slows significantly after Labor Day — generated $3.4 million, up nearly 5 percent from last November.

Revenue at Maryland Live — by far the state’s largest casino, with 4,328 slot machines and 174 gaming tables (including poker) — jumped by more than 55 percent over last November.

More than $26 million of the November gambling revenue goes into the state’s Education Trust Fund, which has collected nearly $290 from Maryland’s four casinos this year.

A fifth gambling property — Horseshoe Casino Baltimore — is scheduled to open in the second half of 2014.

A state commission will meet Friday in Annapolis to discuss the three applicants for the state’s sixth and final casino license, in Prince George’s County.

MGM Resorts is proposing to build a $925 million casino and hotel at National Harbor. An affiliate of Greenwood Racing wants to build a $761 million Parx-branded gambling resort on a wooded 22-acre lot off Indian Head Highway in Fort Washington. Penn National Gaming is proposing a $700 million Hollywood-branded casino and hotel at the historic Rosecroft harness-racing track.

The Video Lottery Facility Location Commission plans to award the Prince George’s license on Dec. 20.

J. Freedom du Lac is the editor of The Post's general assignment news desk. He was previously a Local enterprise reporter and, before that, the paper’s pop music critic.

local

local

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read

local

local

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
Tom Jackman · December 5, 2013