February 2016 gaming revenue was up in Maryland one of the many states where all commercial casinos and gambling facilities are smokefree indoors – for the health of the gaming hospitality workforce and public.
Maryland casinos’ revenue surge continues in February
Baltimore Sun – March 4, 2016
…The state’s five casinos generated $93.2 million during February — 12.7 percent more than the same month a year earlier.
The casinos were spared the bad weather that characterized January. A major snowstorm that began on Jan. 22 hurt attendance. Revenue from the casinos totaled $88.3 million in January.
The last time the casinos’ collective revenue was down was in November, a drop of about half of 1 percent. The casinos’ monthly record was set last July: $98.9 million.
Maryland Live, the state’s largest casino, posted one of its best months in February, accumulating $54 million from slot machines and table games — up 15 percent from February 2015.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which closed during the worst of the January blizzard, rebounded in February. It reported $25 million in revenues, an increase of 8.8 percent.
Revenue was up 8.1 percent, to $6.5 million, at Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County; increased by 10.3 percent, to $3.8 million, at Rocky Gap in Allegany County; and jumped 17.1 percent, to $3.9 million, at the slots-only Ocean Downs in Worcester County.
The casinos soon will face new competition from MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County, which is expected to be completed in the second half of the year.