Live! Casino Maryland celebrates 10th anniversary with $1 million grant

Posted: June 16, 2022, 5:17 a.m.

Last update on: June 16, 2022, 05:17h.

Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, located in the DC/Baltimore corridor just off I-95, celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. The Cordish Companies casino opened on June 6, 2012.

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Cordish Companies executives hold a check for $1 million made payable to Anne Arundel Community College. Maryland Live! Operator Casino & Hotel provided the grant in conjunction with the company celebrating the 10th anniversary of the casino’s opening in 2012. (Image: The Cordish Companies)

To commemorate the property’s successes, Cordish looks to the future and hopes to help nurture the area’s next business leaders by funding their graduate education. Cordish has pledged to donate $1 million to the Anne Arundel Community College Hospitality Scholarship Program over the next 10 years.

Celebrating this momentous occasion with the members of the community who have supported us throughout this past decade has been a real source of pride for me and my family and we look forward to a very exciting future,” said Dave Cordish, President -CEO of Cordish Companies.

Cordish says it will donate $100,000 to the scholarship fund every year until 2032. Cordish’s chief executive said that although the company has expanded the Live! casino brand in neighboring Pennsylvania, its Maryland resort remains its “flagship property”.

Cordish opened a satellite arcade in Pennsylvania at the Westmoreland Mall outside of Pittsburgh in November 2020. The facility is called Live! Casino Pittsburgh. Cordish Pennsylvania Prime Property – Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia – opened January 2021 in the city’s stadium district.

Train the future leaders of the game

All Cordish scholarship money will go to the Institute of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism at Anne Arundel Community College. The school offers courses and programs to train students in a range of hospitality industries, including resort and gaming operations.

Its credit programs focus on hotel management, culinary arts, and event planning. The institute also offers continuing education programs in bartending, casino table games, culinary workforce training and management, and food hygiene.

Cordish’s purse money will go a long way. Anne Arundel Community College charges residents of Anne Arundel County only $122 per credit hour in tuition. For Maryland residents living outside the county, tuition is still relatively inexpensive at $264 per credit hour. Non-state residents are charged $415 per credit hour.

By comparison, the University of Maryland charges in-state residents $404 per credit hour and $1,581 for out-of-state undergraduates.

Live! The game alive and well

Maryland casinos are off to their best year yet. It came in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down all six commercial gaming properties for a significant portion of 2020.

Statewide gaming gross revenue (GGR) totaled more than $1.92 billion last year. While MGM National Harbor paved the way for nearly $770 million, Live! Casino Maryland was second with $692.2 million.

2021 was live! Casino’s best year in 10 years of history. In its first decade, the casino earned over $5.6 billion from its customers.

Live! Casino Maryland GGR

  • 2021 — $692.2 million
  • 2020 — $437.7M
  • 2019 — $600.9 million
  • 2018 — $575.3 million
  • 2017 — $544.9 million
  • 2016 — $653.1 million
  • 2015 — $629.7 million
  • 2014 — $655.7 million
  • 2013 — $586 million
  • 2012 — $229.2 million

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