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How Maryland’s casinos did in August

Monthly casino revenue in Maryland continues to hover just below $100 million, according to new figures released by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Agency.

The five casinos combined to generate more than $96.7 million for the month of August. The amount is $3 million less than July and the decline is driven by a $4.8 million decrease in revenue at Maryland Live Casino at the same time Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore posted its best month since opening a year ago.

August was the fourth consecutive month in which the casinos combined for revenues exceeding $90 million.

Year over year, state casino revenue was 20 percent higher than in 2014. When adjusted for the opening of Horseshoe Casino, revenue decreased more than $5.7 million, or 7.8 percent, compared to August 2014.

Maryland Live in Hanover reported more than $52.1 million in revenue for the month from its 4,059 slot machines and 202 table games. The total is almost $5 million less than July and represents a $5.2 million or 9.1 percent decrease compared to August 2014.

Meanwhile, Baltimore-based Horseshoe reported taking in nearly $27.6 million — its highest revenue figures since opening in late August 2014. The casino operates 2,200 slots and 22 table games. The amount is $3.2 million more than last month.

The increase in revenue comes at a time when the city continues to struggle with a rising number of homicides and growing perception in the wake of the riots that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray that the area is more violent.

Earlier this year Horseshoe officials said they were poised to have their best month ever when the riots broke out and resulted in a 10-day state of emergency and curfew that shortened its hours of operations. Following the riots, the casino reported $21.9 million in revenue.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated about $6.6 million in revenue — a decrease of nearly $800,000, or 10.8 percent, compared to the same time a year ago.

Casino at Ocean Downs near Ocean City reported revenue of slightly less than $6.1 million from its 800 slot machines. The figure represents an increase of more than $138,000, or 2.3 percent, compared to August 2014.

Rocky Gap Casino generated more than $4.4 million in revenue from its 627 slot machines and 18 table games — an increase of more than $51,000, or 3.6 percent, compared to the same period last year.