By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun
7:58 PM EDT, June 5, 2013
Revenue at the state's casinos climbed to nearly $69.2 million in May, the first full month of table games at Maryland Live Casino as well as the initial days of the state's newest casino in Allegany County, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Wednesday.
Revenue at Maryland Live in Anne Arundel County, which celebrates its one-year anniversary Thursday, totaled $55 million in May for its 4,319 slot machines and 122 table games. The latter were introduced April 11, and officials accurately predicted they would raise the facility's revenues by more than 20 percent.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort, which opened May 22, generated $776,133 in slot machine and table game revenue. Rocky Gap has 554 slot machines and 10 table games.
As in previous months, Hollywood Casino Perryville continued to see its revenue fall from the year before. Hollywood pulled in $8.57 million in May, a drop of $1.5 million or 15.6 percent from a year earlier, when it did not face competition from Maryland Live.
The Casino at Ocean Downs, with 800 slot machines, took in $4.77 million in revenue last month, a 7 percent increase from a year ago. Officials there have yet to announce whether the Ocean City-area facility will introduce table games.
The agency reported that for the first 11 months of the fiscal year, slot machine revenue totaled about $511 million. That is greater than predicted by the state Board of Revenue Estimates, which estimated slot machine revenue would total $498.3 million for the entire year.
Baltimore Sun reporter Chris Korman contributed to this article.
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