Maryland casinos saw their monthly revenue increase year-over-year in September for the first time since the pandemic began.
The state’s six casinos pulled in a total of $143.7 million last month, an increase of 1% or about $1.49 million compared to September 2019, according to the latest financial report released Monday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. This is the first time the casinos have reported a year-over-year revenue increase since they were forced to shutter for three months in mid-March as the coronavirus began to spread throughout Maryland.
MGM National Harbor pulled in the most revenue of any casino in September with $57.48 million, but still saw a decrease of 0.4% compared to September 2019. It was a significant improvement from August, however, when the casino’s revenue was still down 4.3% year-over-year.
The increase comes as revenue declines at casinos had begun to decrease in recent months. Overall revenue was down 6.1% year-over-year in July and just 3.1% in August.