Slot Machines Push Casino Revenues Up
National Harbor’s Slot Machines
Maryland’s newest casino, located at National Harbor in Fort Washington Maryland, is proving to be the new casino-resort of choice for many residents and visitors to the DC area. The casino, which opened last month, has already pushed casino revenues in Maryland to new heights, primarily thanks to the wide range of slot machines that they recently added.
Slots Machines at National Harbor
In 2012 Maryland voters approved a plan to expand the state’s gambling program. Construction of the National Harbor got underway shortly thereafter. National Harbor’s MGM casino joins the adjoining Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center to service gamers, tourists and other visitors.
Gordon Medenica, Maryland Lottery and Gaming director, was pleased. “We anticipated that December would be a record-breaking month, and we are tremendously enthusiastic about the future of Maryland’s casino program. Given the intense spotlight on the opening of MGM National Harbor, the December numbers for Maryland’s other casinos are in line with our expectations, and we’re pleased to see the increases at Ocean Downs, Rocky Gap and especially Horseshoe,” Medenica said.
National Harbor Casino operates a wide range of gaming tables including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Midi Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em Poker.
The highlight of the casino is its slots room which features a wide variety of slot machines including both three-reel classic slots and five-reel video slots. The slot machines include options for both beginning and advanced gamers and cover a wide variety of themes.
The history of Maryland Casinos is relatively recent, dating back to the 2008 general election when Maryland voters ratified a constitutional amendment that authorized the operation of slot machines in five locations including within the City of Baltimore, in Anne Arundel County, in Cecil County, in Allegany County and in Worcester County. The National Harbor Casino was added after voters approved a gaming expansion bill in a 2012 referendum. The referendum allowed casino facilities to add table games and approved the 6th casino, the National Harbor Casino, in Prince George County.
Maryland’s casinos are regulated and supervised by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. Maryland law stipulates that casino revenue from the slot machines and other gambling activities will go towards supporting the Maryland Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, small- minority- and women-owned businesses and the state’s horse racing industry.