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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 $5.78 Billion

    • Jobs Supported 27,380

    • Tax Impact $1.44 Billion

    • Gross Gaming Revenue $2.20 Billion (2022)

    Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

    All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2023.

    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 Resort 60%
    Live! Casino & Hotel 49%
    Horseshoe Casino Baltimore 46%
    MGM National Harbor 44%
    Casino at Ocean Downs 53%
    Hollywood Casino Perryville 39%

    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 percent for out-of-state residents.

    SLOT MACHINE TAX ALLOCATION
    Education Trust Fund 32.75-47.5%
    Horse Racing Purse 6%
    Local Impact Grants 5.5%
    Race Track Facilities Renewal Account 1%
    Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency 1%
    Small, minority and women-owned business 1.5%

    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.

    SMOKING BANS
    Yes

    CASHLESS GAMING & ALTERNATIVE PAYMENTS
    Yes. Additionally, cryptocurrency is not currently permitted as a form of payment for gambling transactions.

    AUTHORIZED OPERATORS
    A1 and A2 licenses: Commercial casinos, racetracks, sports arenas, online operators

    B1 and B2 licenses: State Fairgrounds, OTB’s, and commercial bingo facilities permitted to operate at least 200 electronic bingo machines or electronic tip jar machines

    MOBILE/ONLINE
    Mobile allowed statewide.

    TAX RATE
    15 percent

    INITIAL LICENSING FEE
    $2 Million for Class A-1 Sports Wagering Facility License–Retail wagering at casinos having more than 1,000 VLTs and the owner (or designee) of professional major league sports franchises or stadiums.

    $1 Million for Class A-2 Sports Wagering Facility License–Retail wagering at casinos having 1,000 or fewer VLTs and horse racetracks.

    $250,000 for Class-B-1 Sports Wagering Facility License–Retail wagering at businesses having 25 or more FTE employees or earning $3 million or more in annual gross receipts.

    $50,000 for Class B-2 Sports Wagering Facility License-Retail at businesses having less than 25 FTE employees or earning less than $3 million in annual gross receipts.

    $500,000 for Mobile Sports Wagering License

    LICENSE RENEWAL FEE
    One percent of the licensee’s average annual proceeds for the preceding 3-year period, less any proceeds remitted for taxes.

    AMATEUR RESTRICTIONS
    Wagering on high-school sporting events is prohibited.

    TAX ON PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
    No

    AGE RESTRICTIONS
    Must be 21 years old.