MGM National Harbor Reclaims No. 1 Spot With November 2021 Casino Revenue

Posted on December 7, 2021 - Last Updated on February 16, 2022

After briefly losing the top spot, MGM National Harbor is again No. 1 when it comes to November 2021 casino revenue in Maryland.

As you might remember, Live! Casino & Hotel topped MGM National Harbor in October 2021 casino revenue in Maryland. It was just the second time in MD gaming history that Live! Casino in Hanover was the monthly leader.

For now, though, things are back to normal when it comes to the top-performing MD casino-resorts.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming officials recently released the monthly revenue report for the six online casinos in Maryland.

MGM National Harbor reclaimed its No. 1 spot after leading all MD casinos in revenue for November. It’s a familiar spot for the MGM property. Prior to October, MGM National Habor had been the monthly Maryland casino leader since 2017.

Maryland’s November 2021 casino revenue breakdown

For the month of November, Maryland casinos generated $160.3 million overall in gaming revenue.

Broken down, the casino-resorts tallied $105.8 million in slot-machine revenue and $54.5 million in table games, such as blackjack and roulette, in November.

That $160.3 million total represents a modest 1.3% increase from October’s casino revenue total. However, year-over-year, the casino revenue for November 2021 represented a 23% increase compared to November 2020. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MD casinos were operating at reduced capacity a year ago.

Here’s the full breakdown of MD’s November 2021 casino revenue:

CasinoSlots WinTable Games WinTotal
MGM National Harbor$39.0 million$28.8 million$67.8 million
Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland$40.2 million$17.9 million$58.1 million
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore$10.3 million$5.3 million$15.6 million
Hollywood Casino Perryville$6.0 million$997,000$7.0 million
Ocean Downs Casino$5.6 million$972,000$6.6 million
Rocky Gap Casino Resort$4.4 million$461,000$4.9 million
TOTAL105.8 million54.5 million 160.3 million

MGM National Harbor, which earned top honors, brought in the highest overall casino revenue with $67.8 million.

All casinos are also up in revenue, year-over-year.

Another busy December for Maryland casinos?

Despite the total combined revenue for Maryland casinos declining for a fourth straight month, December is historically a busy time for them.

In November 2017, MD casinos generated $130.5 million in total revenue. But it grew to $141 million the following month.

That November-to-December trend continued in subsequent years, including 2018 ($140 million to $148.4 million) and 2019 ($140.8 million to $149.1 million).

However, 2020 was a nontraditional year for Maryland casino revenue because of statewide COVID-19 restrictions. In November 2020, Horseshoe Casino was limited to 25% capacity while the five other casinos were limited to 50% of their capacity. In December 2020, MGM National Harbor, Live! Casino & Hotel and Horseshoe Casino were limited to 25% of their capacity while the state’s other three casinos were limited to 50% capacity.

As a result of these restrictions, in November 2020, MD casinos generated $130.4 million in revenue. The following month, the total revenue dipped to $119.4 million.

Overall, though, Maryland casinos usually experience a December boost in business.

This could be for various reasons:

  • Casino guests are hoping to win big for the holidays and ring in the new year with a win.
  • Casinos have many holiday promos to increase traffic (check out the list of 2021 Maryland casino holiday promos).

 

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