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Maryland casino revenue grows 6.1 percent to $136.6 million in February

George Miller

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Maryland’s casinos generated $136.6 million in revenue in February
Revenue from Maryland's casinos totaled $136.6 million in February 2018.
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Maryland Lottery and Gaming announced Monday the total revenue for the state’s six casinos continued the uptick seen in January when revenues increased 1.2 percent over the same period the previous year.

February marked the second full month that the state’s casinos could be compared on a year-over-year basis.

MGM National Harbor, Live! Casino and Ocean Downs Casino reported revenue increases for February. MGM — which opened in Prince George’s County in December 2016 — brought in $53,112,941 from slot machines and table games, sales at Live! totaled $46,992,205 while Ocean Downs generated $4,952,837.

Sales dipped at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Hollywood Casino Perryville and Rocky Gap Casino Resort — with Horseshoe seeing the biggest decline at $591,169.

Under Maryland state law, casino revenue supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, local jurisdictions, the state’s horse racing industry and the Maryland General Fund.

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NJ Regulators Impose Fine on DraftKings

Niji Narayan

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The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has fined DraftKings for violating the self-exclusion rules.

DraftKings has to pay out penalties totalling $7000 to the gaming regulator and return $3277 to customers after failing to adhere to self-exclusion rules.

The regulator hit DraftKings with the maximum $5,000 civil penalty for taking wagers from customers who had requested a “cooling off” period be placed on their accounts.

DraftKings discovered an error within its systems in November 2018 whereby the “cooling off” period had been set to zero days. During the month in which the system was not correctly in place, 54 people who were not meant to be able to deposit were able to place bets totalling $28,887. They lost $3277, which DraftKings will now have to pay back.

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Oregon Lottery Shares its Expectations in Sports Betting

Niji Narayan

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The Oregon Lottery, which will be in charge of running sports betting in the state, has shared its sports betting expectations. The Lottery said that it expects to generate US$141.2 million in revenue.

The estimations are part of an analysis of the first three years after the launch of its SBTech-powered retail and mobile sportsbook, which was signed last month. The Oregon Lottery said that it will launch mobile sports betting soon.

The Oregon Lottery published projections for the sports betting market and said that total handle over the first three years of operations will total US$1.6 billion. The first year of operations could bring US$332.8 million, while the second would rise to US$555 million and US$722 million by the third year.

The Lottery also said that it expects customers to win around US$306 million in the first year, US$507.4 million in the second and US$656.2 million in the third. This means that the Lottery expects winnings to total US$1.5 billion after three years.

Gross gaming revenue (GGR) would stand at US$141.2 million. It would start at US$26.6 million in the first year of the contract and then increase to US$48.5 million in the second year and US$66.1 million in the third year.

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Maine Legislature Passes Sports Betting Bill

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Maine legislature has passed the sports betting bill. The Legislative Document 553 was given final approval by each chamber of the legislature and will now pass to Governor Janet Mills to be signed into law.

LD553 opens up the market to all of the state’s bricks and mortar gaming venues, such as commercial racetracks, off-track betting facilities, and commercial and tribal casinos. It will also allow mobile operators to apply for licences without the need for a land-based partner in the state.

Successful applicants will have to pay $20,000 as licence fee, 10% tax on land-based wagering revenue and 16% rate for mobile wagering. The bulk of revenue raised through these taxes will be allocated to the Maine General Fund.

Operators will be permitted to offer odds on all professional, collegiate and amateur sports events. Betting on events involving Maine-based colleges and universities will be prohibited. Only citizens aged 21 and above will be allowed to bet.

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