Maryland’s September 2021 Casino Revenue Holds Steady After Early-Year Records

Posted on October 6, 2021

After broken records earlier this year, September 2021 casino revenue in Maryland held fairly steady month-over-month.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Association officials recently released the monthly revenue totals for the six MD casinos.

The August total had dipped to $168.4 million.

September failed to eclipse that mark, but there’s still some good news.

September 2021 casino revenue breakdown

Overall, Maryland casinos generated $165,388,039 in gaming revenue this past month.

Broken down, the casino-resorts tallied $109 million in slot-machine play and $56.4 million in table games in September.

That $165.4 million total represents a meager 1.8% dip from August’s total. However, year-over-year, the September 2021 casino revenue represented a 15.1% increase compared to September 2020. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland casinos were operating at 50% capacity a year ago.

Here’s the full breakdown 0f Maryland’s September 2021 casino revenue.

FacilitySlots WinTable Games WinTotal Win
MGM National Harbor$38.1 million$31.4 million$69.5 million
Live! Casino & Hotel$39.6 million$16.9 million$56.5 million
Horseshoe Baltimore$11.9 million$5.6 million$17.5 million
Ocean Downs Casino$8.0 million$1.0 million$9.0 million
Hollywood Casino Perryville$6.5 million$0.9 million$7.5 million
Rocky Gap Resort Casino$4.9 million$0.5 million$5.4 million
Totals$109.0 million$56.3 million$165.3 million

Live! Casino & Hotel earned top honors with its $39.6 million slots win. However, MGM National Harbor was again top dog in overall casino revenue ($69.5 million), as well as table-games win ($31.4 million).

All casinos are up in revenue, year-over-year, except Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. The resort, which consistently ranks third among all MD casinos in revenue, is down very slightly (0.5%) compared to September 2020.

Some stability with MD casino revenue?

Year-to-date, Maryland casinos have generated $1.43 billion in revenue. That total marks a substantial improvement compared to this time last year. During 2020, casinos were forced to shut down for three months. Then, they had to operate at reduced capacity because of the pandemic.

As it turns out, September 2020 proved to be a pivotal month for Maryland casino gaming. It marked the first month of 2020 with a year-over-year revenue increase.

It helped spark a turnaround. Maryland casinos had been breaking records throughout 2021. However, August marked a small cooldown. The chilliness has continued, as we learned with September 2021 casino revenue.

Still, with so much uncertainty in 2020, as well as lingering COVID-19 issues this year, Maryland casinos can’t be too disappointed with the latest figures.

The question now, though, is if Maryland casinos can hit $2 billion in overall revenue this calendar year. They’ll need to average $190 million in revenue over the final three months of 2021 to do so.

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