FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTION: When did casino gaming become legal in Maryland?
ANSWER: 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.

QUESTION: What role does Maryland Lottery and Gaming play in the state’s casino program?
ANSWER: Maryland Lottery and Gaming 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 Maryland Lottery & Gaming is also responsible for ensuring:

• Safety and security.
• Internal controls.
• Employee background investigations and licensing.
• Surveillance.
• Auditing and accounting.
• Day-to-day operation of machines.
• Compliance.
• Responsible gambling program.

QUESTION: How does Maryland benefit from casinos?
ANSWER: Maryland’s casinos contribute hundreds of millions of dollars annually to state programs. Casinos have contributed more than $2.1 billion to the Maryland Education Trust Fund, which supports pre-K through 12 public education, public school and higher-education construction and capital improvements including community colleges. Casino revenue also supports local impact grants, Maryland’s horse racing industry and small-, minority-, and women-owned businesses. A breakdown of where the money goes is available HERE.

The casinos created thousands of new jobs and make the communities in which they are located 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.

QUESTION: How are proceeds from table games distributed?
ANSWER: According to state law, 80% goes to casino operators, 15% goes to the Education Trust Fund and 5% goes to local jurisdictions.

QUESTION: How are the proceeds from slot machines distributed?
ANSWER: According to state law, the slot machine proceeds are divided differently for each casino. For the latest figures, click HERE.

QUESTION: How often is casino revenue reported?
ANSWER: Casino sales and profits are reported on the 5th of every month or the first Monday after that if the 5th falls on a weekend. Click HERE for the latest figures and those from previous months.

QUESTION: What are Maryland’s six casino locations?
ANSWER: The state’s six casinos are as follows:

Hollywood Casino Perryville (Cecil County)
Maryland’s first gaming facility, Hollywood Casino Perryville opened on September 27, 2010 and is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. The casino has slot machines and table games, dining, and live entertainment every Saturday. For more information, go to hollywoodcasinoperryville.com.

Casino at Ocean Downs (Worcester County)
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 Churchill Downs, Inc./Saratoga Casino Holdings, LLC. For more information, go to oceandowns.com.

Live! Casino & Hotel (Anne Arundel County)
Live! Casino & Hotel (formerly Maryland Live!), located in Hanover’s Arundel Mills commercial district, opened on June 6, 2012. Maryland’s third casino and entertainment complex includes slot machines, table games, a live music venue, several restaurants and almost 5,000 parking spaces. For more information, go to marylandlivecasino.com.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort (Allegany County)
Located in Cumberland, Rocky Gap Casino Resort opened May 22, 2013 with slot machines and table games, several dining options, 215 hotel rooms and a meeting space. For more information, go to rockygapcasino.com.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore (Baltimore City)
Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino opened on August 26, 2014 and features slot machines, table games, including a poker room, and several dining options. For more information, go to caesars.com/horseshoe-baltimore.

MGM National Harbor (Prince George’s County)
MGM National Harbor opened on December 8, 2016 and features slot machines, table games, several dining options, a theater and a hotel. For more information, visit mgmnationalharbor.com.

QUESTION: What is the difference between banked table games and non-banked table games?
ANSWER: 
In banked table games, casino patrons play against the house (e.g., blackjack, craps, roulette). In non-banked table games, casino patrons play against other players (e.g. poker).

QUESTION: Does Maryland Lottery and Gaming have regulatory responsibilities in addition to the casinos?
ANSWER: Yes. Maryland Lottery and Gaming regulates 13 facilities with instant bingo machines in Anne Arundel and Calvert counties and an Instant Ticket Lottery Machine (ITLM) program that benefits veterans’ organizations. Information on the ITLM program is available HERE.

In addition, ML&G regulates skills-based amusement devices that take money or tokens and award non-cash prizes worth up to $30, or tickets/tokens that can be redeemed for prizes. Information on the skills-based amusement device regulations is available HERE.

QUESTION: Why doesn’t Maryland Lottery and Gaming regulate bingo halls in other counties?
ANSWER: Regulation of the Anne Arundel and Calvert bingo halls is in accordance with state gaming legislation. While similar facilities may exist in other counties, they are not within Maryland Lottery & Gaming’s purview at this time because Anne Arundel and Calvert were the only counties actively regulating such facilities when the legislation was enacted.

QUESTION: What research has been done regarding the casinos, including research on the impact of casino gaming on the Maryland Lottery?
ANSWER: The following consultant reports examine the casinos and their impact on the Lottery: