CUMBERLAND The December opening of MGM National Harbor pushed Marylands six casinos to a record-setting month. The states casinos generated more than $133 million last month, surpassing a previous record of more than $104 million set last May, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming said in a news release. MGM in Prince Georges County, which held its grand opening on Dec. 8, generated $41,934,028 from both slot machines and table games. We anticipated that December would be a record-breaking month, and we are tremendously enthusiastic about the future of Marylands casino program, said Gordon Medenica, Maryland Lottery and Gaming director. Three of Marylands first five casinos Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Casino at Ocean Downs and Rocky Gap Casino Resort saw their revenues increase in December. Hollywood Casino Perryville and Maryland Live Casino saw decreases compared to December 2015. Given the intense spotlight on the opening of MGM National Harbor, the December numbers for Marylands other casinos are in line with our expectations, and were pleased to see the increases at Ocean Downs, Rocky Gap and especially Horseshoe, Medenica said. Rocky Gap generated more than $3.5 million from its 662 slots machines and 17 table games for the month, a 1.1 percent increase from December 2015.Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $145.40 for slot machines and $1,058.85 for banked table games. Under Maryland law, casino revenue supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund as well as small-, minority- and women-owned businesses, local impact grants and the states horse racing industry. In Allegany County, the funds benefit Opportunity Scholarships for students attending Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University, local fire companies, board of education capital programs and the countys pay-as-you-go account.
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