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Explore the national and state-by-state impact of the casino gaming industry, as well as key regulatory and statutory requirements in each state.

  • Number of Casinos 6

  • Economic Impact $2.96 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 15,364

  • Tax Impact $962.2 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $1.23 Billion (2020)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2020.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission

Montgomery Business Park
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 330
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-230-8800
Website

Maryland Code State Government § 9-1A-01 et. seq., provides a regulatory framework for the implementation of Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) and table games through the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC), within the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA).

The MLGCC is a seven-member board responsible for regulating gaming (slots and table games) in Maryland. The MLGCC also serves as an advisory board to the MLGCA.

After licenses are awarded, the MLGCA steps in for the subsequent regulatory process and is responsible for conducting background and financial checks of potential facility licensees, in conjunction with the appropriate agencies.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Operator License
Manufacturer License
Distributor or Reseller License

For more information on available gaming licenses, see Regulatory Fact Sheet.

SLOT MACHINE TAX RATE
Maryland’s VLT tax rates vary by casino. Currently, owners of casinos are entitled to the following revenue shares from VLTs:
Rocky Gap Casino Resort60%
Live! Casino & Hotel49%
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore46%
MGM National Harbor44%
Casino at Ocean Downs53%
Hollywood Casino Perryville39%

TABLE GAME TAX RATE
20 percent

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
20 percent of total VLT from previous fiscal year may be used as tax free promotional play

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
Winnings over $5,000: 8.75 percent for Maryland residents, 7.5 percent for out-of-state residents.

SLOT MACHINE TAX ALLOCATION
Education Trust Fund32.75-47.5%
Horse Racing Purse6%
Local Impact Grants5.5%
Race Track Facilities Renewal Account1%
Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency1%
Small, minority and women-owned business1.5%

TABLE GAME TAX ALLOCATION
15 percent to the Maryland’s Education Trust Fund and 5 percent to local grants.

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
An annual fee of $425 is required to be paid for each video lottery terminal and $500 for each table game operated by a licensee during any given year.

SELF-EXCLUSION
Yes. Minimum of two years

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
No

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
It is illegal for a gaming advertisement to be false or deceptive, or knowingly direct a gaming advertisement to an individual under 21 years of age or to persons on the state’s exclusion (mandatory or voluntary) lists. All gaming advertisements must bear the approved gambling assistance message.

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
The state’s approved gambling assistance message must be displayed at each customer entrance to the gaming floor.

AGE RESTRICTIONS
21+ years age to gamble
21+ years age on floor

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Lottery Commission must approve VLTs and table games.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Must submit written notice to Lottery Commission prior to transport.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
A person with an interest in a video lottery facility may not make political contributions in state elections.

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
The Lottery Commission may extend credit to players for the purpose of gaming.

LEGAL SINGLE GAME SPORTS BETTING
Maryland voters approved a ballot referendum to authorize sports betting on November 3, 2020. The General Assembly must now enact legislation detailing how sports betting will operate in the state.