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Md. casinos see highest monthly revenue since July

Maryland casinos generated $45.2 million in December on the strength of Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills mall best month ever.

Hollywood Casino Perryville, the state’s first casino, was an exception to the generally rosy picture. It saw revenue dip 37.1 percent year-over-year to less than $6 million last month, a decline that is being attributed to the opening of Maryland Live in June.

The monthly revenue figure was released Monday by the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Maryland Live, by far the state’s largest casino with 4,750 slot machines, generated $35.9 million last month. Maryland Live spokeswoman Carmen Gonzales said casino officials attributed the revenue increase to starting 24/7 operations and a “strong holiday week in general.”

The Casino at Ocean Downs’ revenue was up 10.9 percent year-over-year, as the 800-machine slots parlor generated $3.3 million in December.

Hollywood Casino Perryville, the state’s first casino, saw revenue dip 37.1 percent year-over-year to less than $6 million last month. The 1,500-machine casino’s slide has been attributed to the opening of Maryland Live in June.

The casino revenue total is Maryland’s highest since July, when Ocean Downs was still drawing Eastern Shore vacationers.

More than $22 million of last month’s revenue goes to the state’s Education Trust Fund.

Maryland Live is the only casino in the state that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All casinos were able to start operating 24/7 on Dec. 27 but Ocean Downs and Hollywood decided on more limited hours.