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Maryland casinos generate $42.9 million; Perryville continues free-fall

Maryland’s casinos generated $42.9 million in September, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced Friday, the lowest monthly revenue total since June.

Revenue at Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County — the state’s first gambling site — continued its free-fall, offsetting strong months by the Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills mall and the Casino at Ocean Downs in Berlin, near Ocean City.

Without Maryland Live, year-over-year casino revenue would have fallen some $3 million, or 22 percent.

Hollywood’s revenue — $5.9 million — fell 35.6 percent compared to September 2011. The facility has suffered mightily since Maryland Live opened on June 6.

Maryland Live generated $32 million in September, its lowest monthly total since June, despite operating for much of the month with its full complement of 4,750 slot machines. The facility had been operating  just over 3,700 machines since the end of July, after opening in June with about 3,200.

During that first month, the casino averaged $359.27 per machine, per day. In September, it averaged $247.44 per machine, per day.

The Casino at Ocean Downs — a largely seasonal business — generated $4.9 million in September, a year-over-year increase of 4.9 percent.