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 & Gaming play in the state’s casino program?
ANSWER: Maryland Lottery & 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.
• Auditing and accounting.
• Day-to-day operation of machines.
• 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 $1 billion in profit to the Education Trust Fund, which supports pre-K through 12 public education, public school and higher-education construction and capital improvements including community colleges. Casino profits also supports local impact grants, racing industry purses 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: 80 % goes to casino operators and 20 % goes to the Maryland Education Trust Fund. When MGM National Harbor opens in 2016, the rates will be changed: 15 % will go to the Education Trust Fund and 5 % to local impact grants. The casinos will still keep 80 %.
QUESTION: How are the proceeds from slot machines distributed?
ANSWER: 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 is the status of the six approved casino locations?
ANSWER: Five of the casinos are operating and the sixth is under construction and due to open in 2016.
Hollywood Casino Perryville (Cecil County)
Maryland’s first gaming facility, Hollywood Casino Perryville opened on Sept. 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 Jan. 4, 2011. The facility, with 34,000 square feet of gaming space and 800 slot machines, is operated by Ocean Enterprises, LLC. For more information, go to oceandowns.com.
Maryland Live! (Anne Arundel County)
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 City’s Horseshoe Casino opened Aug. 26, 2014 and offers slot machines and table games, six dining options and free parking in downtown Baltimore. For more information, go to caesars.com/horseshoe-baltimore.
MGM National Harbor (Prince George’s County)
A gaming license to operate a casino at National Harbor in southern Prince George’s County was awarded to MGM Resorts International on Dec. 20, 2013. Construction is underway, and the casino is scheduled to open in 2016. For more information, visit mgmnationalharbor.com.
QUESTION: Does Maryland Lottery & Gaming have regulatory responsibilities in addition to the casinos?
ANSWER: Yes. Maryland Lottery & 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, our staff is working with industry representatives to devise regulations pertaining to electronic and skills-based amusement devices.
QUESTION: Why doesn’t Maryland Lottery & 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.