MD Casinos Reach Historic Mark; Dec 2021 Revenue Nears $173 Million

Posted on January 7, 2022 - Last Updated on March 14, 2022

Maryland casinos generated $172.9 million in December 2021 casino revenue, making it the second-best month in history.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming recently released December’s monthly revenue report for the six casinos in Maryland.

Historically, December has been a strong month for MD casinos. But this time around, there’s a new reason why these numbers could be so impressive: Sports betting in MD has finally launched.

December 2021 Maryland casino revenue breakdown

Maryland casinos generated $172.9 million overall in gaming revenue in December 2021.

Broken down, the casino-resorts tallied $110.2 million in slot-machine revenue and $62.7 million in table games, such as blackjack and roulette, in December.

December’s 2021 revenue represents a 7.8% increase from November’s casino revenue total. However, year-over-year, that total represented a 44.9% increase compared to December 2020.

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

CasinoSlots WinTable Games WinTotal
MGM National Harbor$40.6 million$33.8 million$74.4 million
Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland$41.9 million$20.5 million$62.4 million
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore$10.8 million$6.2 million$17 million
Hollywood Casino Perryville$6.3 million$883,000$7.2 million
Ocean Downs Casino$5.8 million$869,000$6.7 million
Rocky Gap Casino Resort$4.6 million$390,000$5 million
TOTAL$110.1 million$62.6 million $172.7 million

Live! Casino & Hotel earned top honors with its $41.9 million slots win. However, MGM National Harbor remained the top dog in overall casino revenue ($74.4 million), as well as a table-games win ($33.8 million).

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

Historic December for MD casinos

Maryland Lottery officials said December is a strong revenue month for Maryland casinos because the holidays are a perfect time for them to offer special promotions and entertainment. In December, casinos had three holiday dates:

  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve

However, officials tell PlayMaryland that the launch of MD sports betting could have played a major role in December 2021 posting the second-highest total monthly revenue for MD casinos.

Last month, five Maryland casinos had their sports betting operations up and running:

Officials said this could have driven additional foot traffic at the casinos.

John A. Martin, Director of Maryland Lottery & Gaming released the following statement:

“The combination of the holiday season and the launch of sports wagering at five of the casinos during December led to great results. We congratulate our casino partners for their ongoing success.”

Maryland’s single-month record for casino revenue is $180.1 million, set in July 2021. The $172.9 million in December 2021 surpassed the $172.4 million in May 2021 to become the second-best month in history.

Photo by AP / Julio Cortez
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