The live poker room at Maryland Live, which was launched on Aug 28, has generated as much as $2.3 million in revenues in September, according to a gambling report released by the state of Maryland on Monday.
The Maryland Live poker room is a huge success. During the first four days after its launch, it generated as much as $350,000. Several recreational as well as professional poker players had been waiting for the launch of this casino so that they could play high stakes poker games closer to home.
One of the most sophisticated live poker rooms in the industry, the Maryland Live poker room sprawls over an area of 15,000 square feet, which makes it one of the biggest live poker rooms in the US. Besides, it is well equipped with 52 poker tables. Currently, it is also generating the biggest revenue in Maryland.
According to the gambling report, the total revenue generated by Maryland’s four casinos—Worcester County’s Casino at Ocean Downs, Cecil County’s Hollywood Casino Perryville, Anne Arundel County’s Maryland Live Casino, and Allegany County’s Rocky Gap Casino Resort—was $65,333,711. Maryland Live’s contribution was around $50 million. In 2013, the Hanover-based casino had generated as much as $324 million before the launch of its live poker room.
Last year, Maryland lawmakers approved the expansion of the state’s gambling offerings, as a result of which more casinos and live table games were introduced. The state also decided to permit casinos to remain open for 24 hours per day. New casinos have been proposed for Prince George’s County and Baltimore. While Caesars Entertainment is bidding for the Baltimore Casino, Penn National Gaming and MGM Resorts International are competing for the license to operate the casino in Prince George’s County.
Maryland is also expected to legalize online poker gaming. Interacting with Card Player, State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency Director Stephen Martino stated that Maryland is considering the possibilities of legalizing online poker.
Regarding the future of Internet gaming in Maryland, Martino said that the subject just hasn’t come up for discussion as yet, adding that the state is currently focusing on launching its brand new casinos and keeping an eye on the newly regulated online gambling markets in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. He said that, when Maryland is finally ready to legalize online gambling, it would learn a lot from states that were the first to do it.