Maryland Casinos

Maryland has had legal casinos for more than a decade, and there is a chance that the state joins its neighbors with online casinos in the future.

The state authorized casinos via a referendum in 2008 before expanding to table games in 2012. That has led to six casinos cropping up around the state as part of a growing expansion of Maryland gaming that now includes sports betting.

Read on for more about casinos in Maryland and the future of online casinos in the state.

Live casinos in Maryland

Casinos in the Mid-Atlantic region used to be the domain of New Jersey and Atlantic City.

But in 2008 Maryland joined the wave of casino legalization that happened in the region and across the country with a referendum.

Here are the casinos that are currently active in Maryland:

CasinoCityYear opened
Rocky Gap Casino ResortFlintstone2013
Horseshoe Casino BaltimoreBaltimore2014
Hollywood Casino PerryvillePerryville2010
Live! Casino & HotelHanover2012
Ocean DownsBerlin2011
MGM National HarborOxon Hill2016

Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

Live! Casino is near the Anne Arundel Mall and is the biggest casino in the state in terms of size.

It’s also a full resort destination, with a hotel, restaurants and bars as well as a concert venue.

Casino games at Live! Casino:

  • Slots: About 4,000 games
  • Table games: Approximately 200
  • Poker: 50+ tables

Hollywood Casino Perryville

One of a variety of Hollywood casinos in the East and Midwest, the casino sits between Delaware and Maryland’ population centers. It was the state’s first casino to open.

Hollywood Casino also features a Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grill as well as a small music venue.

Games at Hollywood Perryville:

  • Slots: About 800 games
  • Table games: 10+ games, mostly blackjack
  • Poker: 10+ tables
  • Horse racing: Off-track betting available

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

The Caesars property is on the south side of Baltimore, within walking distance of the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles stadiums.

While there is no hotel right on the casino property, Horseshoe does feature a variety of dining and drinking options, including a Gordon Ramsey Steak.

Games at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore:

  • Slots: About 2,400 games
  • Table games: 150+ games
  • Poker: 23 tables, partnership with the World Series of Poker
  • Horse racing: Off-track betting available

The casino features “The Terrace,” an outdoor gaming patio.

MGM National Harbor

The newest Maryland casino was built by gaming giant MGM Resorts International at a cost of more than a billion dollars.

With a full hotel, a dozen places to eat and a handful of bars, National Harbor is a full destination resort casino just outside the nation’s capital of Washington, DC.

Games at MGM National Harbor:

  • Slots: About 2,900 games
  • Table games: 140 games
  • Poker: 46 tables
  • Horse racing: Off-track betting available

Ocean Downs Casino

As its name implies, Ocean Downs started its life as a harness racing track before adding casino games when the law allowed.

The Ocean City property has four restaurants but no on-site hotel.

Games at Ocean Downs:

  • Slots: About 850 games
  • Table games: 10 games
  • Horse racing: Off-track betting and live racing

Rocky Gap Casino Resort

On the far western end of Maryland, the resort is inside Rocky Gap State Park.

In addition to the casino, it’s a full resort with a hotel, spa, dining options and a golf course.

Games at Rocky Gap:

  • Slots: About 600 games
  • Table games: 17 games
  • Lottery: Keno and other lottery games on site

Are online casinos legal in Maryland?

Currently, Maryland does not have a law legalizing online casinos like nearby Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey have.

There could be online casino gambling in the future, though, as the state has already decided to move into online gambling via sports betting.

There has not yet been legislation that would authorize online casinos, but given the revenue that other mid-Atlantic states have realized, it’s likely only a matter of time before Maryland takes a closer look at the industry.

In PA and NJ, online casino revenue has topped $100 million a month, with tens of millions of dollars going to the state on an annual basis.

In most states, online casinos are run through the land-based licensees. That means the six existing Maryland casinos.

Of course, sports betting law has created a much more open and competitive market for that form of gambling, so it’s possible the same happens with online casinos.

Maryland casino law

The state’s voters approved the construction of up to five casinos with slot machines in a 2008 referendum.

Four years later, the state expanded casinos again with a 2012 referendum that authorized a sixth casino and the addition of table games to casino facilities.

The state’s casinos will have sportsbooks, pending a 2021 law being signed and put into effect.

Casino games in Maryland

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First, there are five broad categories of games to cover. Each of these has its subtypes.

  • Slots: This is the most prevalent gambling you’ll find in Maryland, with about 15,000 devices found in the state’s six casinos.
  • Table games: The games vary by casino, but you can generally find blackjack, roulette and craps at most of the state’s casinos, in addition to other card games.
  • Video poker: You can find the electronic poker game at most MD casinos.
  • Live poker: Several of the casinos have live poker rooms where you can play tournaments or cash games.
  • Horse racing: Several of the casinos in Maryland also allow off-track betting at a dedicated racebook. Ocean Downs even has live racing.

Maryland casino FAQ

Here is more information on Maryland casinos

How many casinos are there in Maryland?

There are six casinos in Maryland that opened from 2010 through 2016.

What is the legal age for casinos in Maryland?

You must be 21 to gamble at casinos in Maryland.

Who regulates casinos in Maryland?

The State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency is in charge of regulating Maryland casinos. It conducts audits of existing gaming operations in the state and is the arbiter of all licenses.

How much revenue do Maryland casinos generate?

The pandemic put a damper on revenue in 2020 and early 2021. But in a normal year Maryland casinos are capable of generating more than $1.7 billion in gross gaming revenue as they did in 2019. About 30% of that goes to the Maryland Education Trust Fund, while another 5% goes to municpalities.