Md. casino rev­enue up for 11th straight month

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Jeff Barker je­barker@balt­ twit­­j­eff­barker

Rev­enue at Mary­land’s casi­nos inched up­ward in Oc­to­ber, mark­ing the 11th straight month of year-over-year gains, the Mary­land Lot­tery and Gam­ing Con­trol Agency re­ported Fri­day.

The in­creases were less pro­nounced than in pre­vi­ous months. The com­bined rev­enue of the state’s five casi­nos was $95.4 mil­lion, 0.8 per­cent higher than in Oc­to­ber 2015.

Horse­shoe Casino Bal­ti­more, Rocky Gap Casino Re­sort in Al­le­gany County and Casino at Ocean Downs in Worces­ter County all posted gains.

Horse­shoe gen­er­ated $26.6 mil­lion from slots and ta­ble games — up 7.9 per­cent — in what gen­eral man­ager Erin Cham­ber­lin called “an­other strong month.”

Rocky Gap re­ported rev­enue of $4.7 mil­lion, a 12.1 per­cent in­crease.

Rev­enue at slots-only Ocean Downs rose 6 per­cent to $4.9 mil­lion.

Mary­land Live, the state’s largest casino, saw rev­enue slide to $53.2 mil­lion, a de­crease of 3.2 per­cent com­pared with the same month a year ear­lier.

Rev­enue at Hollywood Casino Per­ryville in Ce­cil County was $5.9 mil­lion, down 4.1 per­cent.

The last time the casi­nos’ col­lec­tive rev­enue was down was in November 2015, when it dropped about 0.5 per­cent. Monthly rev­enue has topped $100 mil­lion in a month four times since the state’s first casino, Hollywood Per­ryville, opened in 2010.

The record of $104.4 mil­lion was set in May.

A sixth Mary­land casino, the MGMNa­tional Har­bor in Prince Ge­orge’s County, is sched­uled to open Dec. 8.

“November is go­ing to be some­what quiet as wego into the hol­i­day sea­son,” said Doug Ship­ley, Mary­land Live’s gen­eral man­ager, at the Oc­to­ber meet­ing of the gam­ing con­trol com­mis­sion.

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