Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Maryland Live! saw revenue decline slightly despite the first full month of 24-hour gambling.
Revenue at the Maryland Live! casino was essentially flat between December and January, despite the first full month of 24-hour operations. The casino pulled in $35,943,756.19 in January, a decline of just under $100,000 from December. Casino revenue across the state dropped by about $900,000, as the state’s three casinos brought in $44.3 million combined. Maryland Live! is by far the largest casino with 4,750 machines. The Hollywood Casino in Perryville pulled in $5,455,111 in January, down from $5,956,140 in December. The Casino at Oceans Downs collected $2,928,919.55, down from $3,335,925.98 Casino revenue generated $14.6 million for operators with the rest going to the state’s Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, and the horse …
Friday, September 21, 2012
County executives from Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties are advocating to expand casino operations around Maryland.
Friday, September 21, 2012
By Carl Straumsheim, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE County executives Ken Ulman, Rushern Baker III and Ike Leggett framed the referendum on expanding gambling in Maryland as a conflict between economic development and out-of-state interests. "Just like I want Maryland to beat West Virginia on Saturday in football, I want Maryland to beat back this out-of-state money in November," Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said at a press conference Thursday. Pennsylvania-based casino operator Penn National, which runs several casinos including Charles Town in West Virginia, has been spending money campaigning against expanding gambling in Maryland, reports The Washington Post. The idea that gambling money would go out-of-state is what "tipped" Ulman into …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Free gambling Wednesday caused highways around Arundel Mills to turn into parking lots, according to drivers.
Drivers on Routes 100 and 295 were slowed to a crawl by Arundel Mills Wednesday around lunchtime, if they were lucky. Maryland Live! casino, located in Hanover, rang in the announcement of more than 1,000 additional slot machines by offering $100 in free gambling money to subscribers on its email list. More than 20,000 visitors came to the casino on Wednesday, according to Carmen Gonzales, Maryland Live! spokeswoman, who did not specify how many visitors the casino averaged daily. On opening night, the casino attracted more than 10,000 visitors. Route 100 near 295 was "an absolute nightmare," posted one user to Twitter on Sept. 12. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway "was a parking lot around noon," commented Patch user Brian C. that same day…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Throngs of people crowded into Maryland Live! casino Wednesday.
Maryland Live! at Arundel Mills is now the third largest casino in the United States, based on the number of slot machines. On Wednesday, the Maryland Lottery and Maryland Live!’s developers unveiled 1,043 new slot machines at the Hanover casino, bringing its total to 4,750 machines. The two biggest casinos in the nation are both in Connecticut: Foxwoods with 7,000 machines and Mohegan Sun with more than 6,400. The casino in Anne Arundel County opened June 7. Since then, the entertainment facility has added The Cheesecake Factory restaurant and Rams Head Center Stage. In addition to celebrating the new slot machines, a Sept. 12 media event highlighting completion of the casino's second phase of development featured the grand opening of …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
"Concerns are everywhere," said Del. Frank Turner, chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Gaming Law and Regulation.
A bill authorizing gambling expansion in Maryland will likely be amended, according to the chairman of the House subcommittee that is holding hearings on the legislation. Del. Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat, initially characterized possible changes to the bill passed Friday by the Senate as minor. "Mostly it's a lot of tweaks," said Turner, the chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Gaming Law and Regulation. When asked what concerns his committee might have, Turner suggested the changes might be more substantive. "I think there are concerns everywhere," Turner said. "There are all kinds of concerns and ideas. Some will be germane and others won't. I think we're going to make it a better work product than what the …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Casino at Arundel Mills saw revenue increase by 25 percent in its second month.
Action at the Maryland Live! casino drove record gambling revenues to the state in July, but revenue lagged at one of the other facilities in the state, the Maryland Lottery reported Monday. The three casinos in Maryland brought in $48 million in revenue in July, paced by $35 million from the new Maryland Live! facility at Arundel Mills. The overall casino revenue in the state increased by about $8 million. But revenue dropped at the Hollywood Casino in Perryille, which has seen its income drop by nearly one-third in the last 12 months. In July, Maryland Live! saw revenue grow 25 percent, up from from $28 million in June. (The casino opened on June 6.) Casinos kept about $15.8 million of the revenue in July, with the rest distributed to …
Friday, July 27, 2012
The casino at Arundel Mills received approval this week for more than 500 new machines, including electronic table games.
The Maryland Live! casino, which opened in June with more than 3,000 slot machines and electronic table games, continued to expand its offerings this week. The Maryland Lottery announced Thursday that it tested and approved 531 additional slot machines and electronic table games at the casino located at Arundel Mills in Hanover. Patch previously reported that more than 1,500 machines would be added by the fall. The new machines were ready for the public to use as of Thursday night, along with a second bar overlooking the Rams Head Center Stage, according to a press release from the Maryland Lottery. The slot machine selection reportedly includes licensed products such as "Wheel of Fortune," "Wizard of Oz" and "Monopoly." Electronic table …
Monday, June 4, 2012
The casino at Arundel Mills opens at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Maryland Live!—the casino opening this week at Arundel Mills—marked a milestone Monday. “I’m pleased to announce that today the Maryland Lottery did sign off on all of the final requirements for the casino and signed the operations license,” Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery, said during a community forum Monday night at Dave and Buster's in Arundel Mills. Maryland Lottery, the agency responsible for regulating the state's slots programs, had to ensure the casino complied with Maryland regulations before awarding the license. Over the weekend, the Maryland Lottery conducted a “controlled demonstration,” at the Hanover casino to test the 3,100 slot machines, surveillance and security, technical systems, food and beverage …