Back in 2008, Maryland decided it would join many other states in the country and establish its very own gambling industry. Unfortunately, the venture has not been nearly as successful as one might hope. In truth, people will agree that the failures thus far for the Maryland gambling industry comes from within. Maryland could very easily have a successful program. Geographically there are a lot of people in the state and to the south of the state that could become a major market for the Maryland casinos. There is a lot of potential business to be had in the Nation’s Capital of Washington, D.C. and Virginia is essentially and untapped resources. Maryland could easily intercept business as people are on their way to Delaware casinos. The reason why the casinos fail is because the state government is not giving them much to work with.
The biggest problem is perhaps the fact the Maryland has an absurdly high tax on slot machines. This creates a problem for the casinos off the bat. Maryland has gotten a little greedy with the chosen tax rate. With such high tax and such limited options as a casino operator there is very little incentive to open a decent casino in Maryland. So, that alone has made it difficult for the state to find decent operators to get the industry off the ground. No casino operator wants to open a casino with a tax rate of almost 70 percent on slot machines while not having table games or even the ability to buy slot machines when they want.