Maryland casinos are actually doing well

MGM National Harbor
MGM National Harbor, the largest of the six casinos which just cut its workforce by 25%, had $59.7 million in August gaming revenue, down 4.3% from a year ago. (WTOP/File Photo)

Despite operating at 50% capacity, Maryland’s six casinos generated $150 million in gaming revenue in August.

That is down just 3.1% from last August, when there were no restrictions on the number of guests, and it is actually the eighth-best monthly gaming revenue for Maryland’s six casinos ever.

August was the second full month for Maryland’s casinos, which reopened late-June after closing in mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

MGM National Harbor, the largest of the six casinos which just cut its workforce by 25%, had $59.7 million in August gaming revenue, down 4.3% from a year ago.

Live! Casino & Hotel had $52.5 million in August gaming revenue, down just 1% from last August. Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino’s August gaming revenue was $16.8 million, down 8.1% from a year ago.

Two casinos actually had better numbers than last August. Gaming revenue at Hollywood Casino was up 6% from a year ago and Rocky Gap Casino’s August gaming revenue was up 15%.

Ocean Downs August gaming revenue was down 13.4% from last August.

Contributions from casinos to the state of Maryland totaled $60.8 million, including $47.4 million for the state’s Education Trust Fund.

Temperature screenings at all six casinos are being conducted at the door, and the casinos all have social distancing and sanitizing procedures, including a face mask requirement for both patrons and employees.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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