Maryland casinos used to only offer 3:2 blackjack games when a player was dealt a natural blackjack. This game has a low house edge. The payout for blackjack games offered by casinos changed when MGM National Harbor opened in 2016. Casinos in Maryland casinos may now pay 6:5 when dealing a natural blackjack if they choose.
Maryland casinos may each offer different rules. You can see a full outline of Maryland blackjack rules from the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency here.
- Natural blackjack may pay 3-to-2 or 6-to-5
- Dealer may hit or stand on Soft 17
- Player may double down on any two cards
- Player may double after splitting a pair
- Casinos must offer Surrender
Casinos Dealing Blackjack in Maryland
- Rocky Gap Casino
- Hollywood Casino Perryville
- Baltimore Horseshoe Casino
- (Maryland) Live! Casino
- MGM National Harbor
- Ocean Downs
Table Games Revenue in Maryland
Maryland reports their blackjack differently than some other states. Gaming reports are sent out monthly. The games are grouped in two categories: Banked and non-banked table games and terminals (slot machines, video poker, etc.).
Here are table game revenues for June, 2016 in Maryland. This includes revenue from all table games, not just blackjack.
- Non-Gross Table Game Revenue: $839,177,086
- Banked Table Game Revenue: $46,441,844.26
Visit the Maryland Gaming Control Board for more information on casinos around the state.
History of Blackjack in Maryland
Casino gambling in Maryland is still relatively new having started in 2010. Table games weren’t approved until 2012. Today there are six full-service casinos that offer traditional blackjack, poker, slot machines, and other casino games.
The biggest change to Maryland blackjack happened in 2016 when the MGM National Harbor opened. Blackjack rules were altered to allow casino operators throughout the state to change rules and increase the house edge. The new rules give casino operators more flexibility in the product they offer customers. As of the writing of this article, only two the casinos in the state (Hollywood Casino Perryville and Rocky Gap) have kept all 3:2 blackjack games.
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