Maryland’s gambling began in the 1940s and has had a checkered history until recent years. Southern Maryland was once known as ‘Little Nevada’ for the numbers of slot machines and other gambling venues. When residents and lawmakers had enough of the crime and corruption, slots were outlawed in 1968. In 2008, 58% of voters elected to approve slots returning to the state. Strict laws and oversight were put in place and players can once more legally seek out the loosest slots in Maryland. A maximum of 15,000 machines are allowed in the entire state; one casino license granted in four different counties and 2 in the city of Baltimore. Per gaming regulations, the minimum payback for machines must be at least 87%, although casinos may set the limit higher at their discretion. You must be 21 or over to be on the casino floor.

Casino at Ocean Downs

Harness racing has been popular here for the past 62 years; the casino was added in 2011. Located in the very heart of Maryland’s coastal beach resort area in Berlin, Md., the casino is host to 800 of the newest slots available including Double Golf, Pink Diamonds, and Double Gold. Bets range from penny slots up to $25.00 and payout averages are high enough to be called some of the loosest slots in Maryland. Sign up for one of the regularly-held tournaments for a chance at some really large jackpots.

Hollywood Casino Perryville

Excitement abounds at this casino, which is home to 1,000+ slots that includes big-name games such as Cash Wizard, Wheel of Fortune, Vegas Hits, and Village People. Jackpots are hit numerous times a day and can be quite large. Be sure to sign up for the Club Hollywood card for chances at exciting promotions and giveaways exclusively for players club members. (

Rocky Gap Casino Resort

Cumberland, Md. is home to this beautiful casino/resort that, while smaller than most with slightly over 550 slots, offers some of the newest and most advanced games to players. Among the lineup are Super Monopoly Money, Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers, and the ever-popular Wheel of Fortune. Bets range from penny up to $10.00. A great place to visit to relax and play some of your favorite games.