Competition forces Md. casino to cut number of machines

Aug 13, 2012 7:43 PM

With growing competition in and around Maryland, a slot emporium in Perryville is already feeling the effects and wants to reduce the number of machines currently operating.

The Perryville Casino, operated by Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN), saw its revenue fall by 32 percent in July when compared to last year, and has advised that with additional competition being proposed, the casino operators felt it should return 400 to 500 of the slot machines to the state. The state owns and leases the machines to the casino.

Perryville officials said they already feel the impact of a slots facility that opened in Anne Arundel County and will soon be facing further competition from a casino to be located in National Harbor.