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Maryland Poker Players Paid $44.5 Million In Rake Last Year

Revenue Grows More Than 25 Percent Compared To 2016


Last year was historic for brick-and-mortar poker in the state of Maryland.

The state’s four casino poker rooms took in a combined $44.5 million in 2017, according to figures released this week by the Maryland Lottery. The poker market was worth $35.4 million in 2016. Poker revenue increased by a whopping 25.7 percent last year.

In December 2016, MGM National Harbor opened for business, which added a 39-table room to the state’s poker supply. The state’s largest room belongs to Live! casino, which has 52 tables.

Last year’s growth came after a small decline in 2015, when the three poker rooms at the time generated $35.6 million in revenue.

Here’s a look at the state’s poker revenue by operator in 2017:

MGM National Harbor (39 tables): $21.29m
Maryland Live (52 tables): $16.39m
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore (23 tables): $5.68m
Hollywood Casino Perryville (eight tables): $1.16m

Since debuting table games at its casinos in 2013, Maryland has quickly become one of the nation’s top poker markets. For comparison, neighboring Pennsylvania has a live poker market worth about $60 million annually (official numbers aren’t out yet). Pennsylvania has 10 poker rooms with about 230 tables between them.