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It was a hot August for Maryland casinos.

State officials say they brought in over $100 million last month.

That’s 3.7 percent higher than last year at this time.

The big winner was Maryland Live Casino which raked in nearly $56 million while Horseshoe Casino Baltimore pulled in nearly $28 million.

Ocean Downs produced $6.2 million with its 800 slot machines. It does not have any table games.

Hollywood Casino Perryville brought in $5.9 million. That was a decline of 9.5 percent from this time last year.   

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The numbers are out for Maryland casino revenue.

As of last month the combined state wide total was $103.8 million dollars.

That’s up five percent from last year in July.

The biggest winner was Maryland Live Casino which raked in over $60 million in revenue while the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore produced revenue of nearly $25 million.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6.7 million with Ocean Downs earning around $6.5 million.

Ocean Downs is being bought by Churchill Downs Inc. and Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC.

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) - A Kentucky racing company and a New York casino firm will buy the Ocean Downs casino and racetrack.

Churchill Downs Inc. and Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC announced Tuesday that they formed a joint venture to buy Ocean Downs

Ocean Downs, a 67-year-old facility, takes up 168 acres of land in Berlin on the Eastern Shore. It has 800 video lottery terminals and electronic game tables, and has harness racing. It employs about 235 workers.

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Casino revenues may be up but Ocean Downs is not bringing in the kind money that had been hoped for when slots got approved.

It only brought in $56 million in revenue providing only $27 million in taxes and fees.

When the green light was given in 2009 to build the casino it was supposed to rake in $97 million by 2013 with $65 million going to the state and local governments.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the casino has only been able to hire half of the workforce that had been projected.

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Pickets showed up at Ocean Downs last night as employees demanded higher pay.

Unite Here Local 7 noted that ever since the casino opened five years ago revenues have been going up.

The union pointed out that since last February the casino saw a 17 percent increase.

Joe Cavilla, general manager at Ocean Downs, told WBOC in a statement the casino has competitive salaries and raises.

He notes that the casino has 85 employees year round even though revenues drop by 42 percent during the off season.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland gaming officials say December's revenue at the state's five casinos was up 11 percent over December 2014.

The casinos generated more than $95 million in revenue in December, Maryland Lottery and Gaming said in a news release Tuesday.

The agency says monthly revenues were up five percent at Hollywood Casino Perryville; 19 percent at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore; nearly eight percent at Maryland Live Casino; 15 percent at Casino at Ocean Downs; and 14 percent at Rocky Gap Casino Resort.

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Maryland casinos raked in around $87 million last month.

That’s a nearly 6 percent increase over the same month last year.

In Anne Arundel County Maryland Live Casino pulled in the most at nearly $50 million or an increase of nearly 9 percent over the same period last year. 

The Casino at Ocean Downs saw a 15.4 percent increase over last year garnering $5.7 million.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort also saw a pickup in revenue of 6.2 percent or $3.9 million.

Hollywood Casino Perryville pulled in $5.1 million for an increase of 6.2 percent.

MD Casino Revenue Up

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State officials say Maryland's five casinos generated $91.4 million in revenue in June.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said in a news release Monday that June 2015 casino revenue increased from last year by $19.3 million, or nearly 27 percent. In a year-to-year comparison excluding Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened in August 2014, revenue decreased from June 2014 by $3.7 million, or 5.1 percent.

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The revenue figures are in for Maryland’s casinos.

They brought in $86.8 million for October.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said the Maryland Live! earned just over $50-million while the Horsehshoe Casino Baltimore generated $22.4 million.

Hollywood Casino Perryville saw just over $6 million while Ocean Downs picked up $4 million.

And Rocky Gap Casino Resort came in with $3.7 million.

In a year-to-year comparison casino revenue declined by $2 million excluding Horsehoe Casino Baltimore which opened in August of this year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract renewal for the state to spend up to $200 million to lease and maintain slot machines over five years.

The board voted 2-1 Wednesday, with Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voting in favor of the renewal. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it.

Maryland law initially required the state to own slot machines at the state's five casinos. However, the law was changed in 2012.

Next March, three of the state's casinos will acquire their own slot machines.