Mary­land casi­nos gen­er­ated $97.1 mil­lion in Septem­ber

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION & WORLD - By Natalie Sher­man nsh­er­man@balt­sun.com

Mary­land’s five casi­nos brought in more than $97 mil­lion in state rev­enue last month, ris­ing year-over-year for the 10th month in a row, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased Thurs­day by the Mary­land Lot­tery and Gam­ing Con­trol Agency.

Rev­enue at the casi­nos was up 11 per­cent from Septem­ber 2015, mark­ing the strong­est year-over-year gains since April. Rev­enues dipped from the $100.3 mil­lion re­ported for Au­gust as the sum­mer sea­son came to a close.

More ac­tiv­ity at Horse­shoe Casino Bal­ti­more helped power the in­crease. The fa­cil­ity brought in $26.9 mil­lion, up 21.6 per­cent from Septem­ber 2015.

Mary­land Live Casino, which boasts the most slot ma­chines and ta­ble games in Mary­land, main­tained its slot as the top rev­enue maker, re­port­ing $53.9 mil­lion in rev­enue, an in­crease of 8.8 per­cent from 2015.

Rocky Gap Casino Re­sort had the sec­ond-high­est growth rate among the five casi­nos, with rev­enue surg­ing nearly 15 per­cent year-over-year to $4.4 mil­lion.

The Casino at Ocean Downs gen­er­ated $5.9 mil­lion up about 3 per­cent from 2015.

Hol­ly­wood Casino Per­ryville, which opened as the state’s first casino in 2010, was the only one that saw rev­enues de­cline. It gen­er­ated $5.9 mil­lion, down 4.6 per­cent from Septem­ber 2015.

To­gether the five casi­nos have seen year-over-year rev­enue gains ev­ery month since Novem­ber. They pro­duced more than $100 mil­lion in four months this year, set­ting a record in May at $104.4 mil­lion.

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