FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When did casino gaming become legal in Maryland?
In a 2008 constitutional referendum, voters approved the installation of video lottery terminals (slot machines) at five privately-owned facilities in Maryland. In a 2012 referendum, voters approved the legalization of table games at Maryland casinos and the addition of a sixth facility in Prince George’s County.
What role does the Maryland Lottery play in the state’s casino program?
The LGCA serves as the regulator of the state’s casino program and is responsible for ensuring that each facility complies with all regulations before awarding a license. As regulators, the Lottery is also responsible for ensuring:
- Safety and security
- Internal controls
- Employee background investigations and licensing
- Auditing and accounting
- Day-to-day operation of machines
- Responsible gambling program
How does Maryland benefit from casinos?
Maryland’s casinos contribute hundreds of millions of dollars annually to state programs, with the lion’s share benefiting the Education Trust Fund. Other programs selected to receive casino revenue are local impact grants, racing industry purses and small, minority and women-owned businesses.
The implementation of casinos in Maryland has created thousands of new jobs and makes the communities in which they reside more attractive to new businesses. With the influx of new enterprise, both businesses and residents reap the rewards of visitor spending as well as revenue generated through gaming, property and sales taxes.
How are proceeds from slot machines distributed?
- 49.25% – Maryland’s Education Trust Fund
- 33% – Casino operators
- 7% – Horse racing purse account
- 5.5% – Local impact grants
- 2.5% – Race track facilities renewal account
- 1.75% – Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency (to finance the costs of regulation)
- 1.5% – Small, minority and women-owned businesses
How are proceeds from table games distributed?
- 80% – Casino operators
- 20% – Maryland’s Education Trust Fund
When is that money reported?
Casino revenue is reported on the 5th of every month (or the Monday after then) on this website here.
What is the status of the six approved locations?
Maryland’s first gaming facility, Hollywood Casino Perryville, opened on September 27, 2010. The casino, which is owned by PPE Entertainment Resorts, features 1,148 slot machines, 20 table games and a buffet/grill and parking for 1,600. For more information, go to hollywoodcasinoperryville.com.
The casino at Ocean Downs Racetrack opened on January 4, 2011. The facility, with 34,000 square feet of gaming space and 800 slot machines, is operated by Ocean Enterprises, LLC and is located at the Ocean Downs Racetrack in Worcester County. For more information, go to oceandowns.com.
Maryland Live!, located in Hanover’s Arundel Mills commercial district, opened on June 6, 2012. Maryland’s third casino and entertainment complex features 4,337 slot machines, 122 table games, a live music venue, several restaurants and almost 5,000 parking spaces. For more information, go to marylandlivecasino.com.
Maryland’s fourth casino is due to open in late-May 2013 with 550 slot machines and ten table games. The resort, which is located in Cumberland, will feature several dining options, 215 hotel rooms and a new, expanded meeting space.
Baltimore City’s Horseshoe Casino is expected to open in mid-2014. The casino, which will be Maryland’s second-largest casino, will feature over 3,000 slot machines and 100+ table games. For more information, go to caesars.com/Baltimore.
Prince George’s County
A request for proposal was issued by the Maryland Video License Facility Location Commission (VLFLC) in February. All applicants for a license to operate a casino in Prince George’s County must submit their proposal by May 10, 2013. While VLFLC Chairman Don Fry expects to award a license by the end of 2013, the facility cannot open its doors until the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has been open for two years.