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Maryland casinos continued revenue roll in June

Combined revenue at Maryland's five casinos increased year-over-year for the seventh straight month in June, continuing a record roll.

Revenues reached $93.3 million, an increase of 2.1 percent over June 2015, according to figures released Wednesday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

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The last time the casinos' collective revenue was down was in November, when it dropped about 0.5 percent.

Analysts have attributed the upward trend to favorable economic conditions in the region and increasingly effective marketing. The first Maryland casino opened in 2010. The operations, while still a novelty to many, have had time to mold their offerings — tinkering with their promotions and the mix of table games and slots — to suit the market.

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June's revenue increases were not as pronounced as those of recent months, and two casinos — Ocean Downs in Worcester County and Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County — saw decreases. Ocean Downs' revenue fell 4.1 percent to $5 million; Hollywood Casino dropped 6.9 percent to $5.9 million.

Maryland's largest casinos — Maryland Live Casino and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore — again recorded increases in June. Revenue was up 1.4 percent at Maryland Live to $53.6 million, while Horseshoe's gain was 5.8 percent to $24.4 million.

Revenue at Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County rose 12.5 percent to $4.1 million.

The Maryland casinos set a combined revenues record of $104.4 million in May.

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