New table games at Hollywood Casino helped draw more gamblers, while other casinos in the state saw revenue increases
Slots revenue in Maryland rose by more than 18 percent between March and February, helped along by a longer month and the addition of table games at one casino. The Maryland Lottery reported $56,582,630 in slots revenue during March, up from $47,767,536 in February. In addition, the Hollywood Casino in Perryville reported $1,465,763 in revenue from table games introduced in March. Table games will be introduced at Maryland Live! later this month. Maryland Live!, the state's largest casino with more than 4,100 slot machines, saw revenue rise from $38,335,308 to $44,613,545, or about 16 percent. Excluding Maryland Live!, which opened in June of 2012, casino revenue dropped $4,368,688 or about 27 percent compared to March of last year. …
The operators of Maryland Live! said it will move fast to hire 1,000 new workers and install table games now that voters have approved expanded gambling.
- Tim Lemke
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Operators of the Maryland Live! Casino said they will move quickly to add live table games and expand its hours, now that voters have approved a referendum on expanded gambling in the state. The Cordish Cos. said it will be ready to go once the state issues the necessary regulations to govern table games and 24-hour operations. The company said it will be hiring for as many as 1,000 new positions. "Maryland Live! looks forward to enhancing its gaming offering and is prepared to Go Live! with table games—physical modifications and hiring for over 1,000 new positions—soon after the State issues the necessary governing regulations," the company said in a statement. Casino spokeswoman Carmen Gonzales said there is no specific timeline as …
Focus shifts to the House on Monday where both bills will be debated and voted on.
Focus on legislation to expand gambling and overturn a controversial Court of Appeals ruling on pit bulls shifts to the House of Delegates. A House Ways and Means subcommittee will meet Saturday to discuss legislation that would open Maryland casinos to table games and could possibly legalize a sixth casino in Prince George's County if voters approve the law in a referendum vote in November. The Senate adopted four amendments to the bill including a $500 annual license fee per table game that would go to a gambling addiction fund and requiring that one member of the gaming commission come from a jurisdiction with a video lottery facility. A number of the 23 amendments rejected by the Senate involved earmarking parts of the money to roll …