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Maryland is one of the country’s top gaming states.
Despite casinos, racetracks and bingo halls shutting their doors for the foreseeable future, this shouldn’t have a marked effect as Maryland’s gaming had previously been thriving.
The 2019 fiscal year saw our casinos and gaming establishments establish performance records which helped to contribute $1.311 billion to the state. The Maryland Lottery contributed to that in no small part, with $593.1 million profit which benefited the state, whilst casino gaming delivered $717.5 million.
Gaming is on the rise across America, with legalized sports betting one of the hot topics. Sports Handle report that is also still on the agenda for Maryland, with a bill now to go to Governor Larry Hogan for his seal of approval. It’s widely accepted that if the bill is passed, it could help keep the Redskins in the state ahead of a possible stadium move.
Another important area of gaming in the state is bingo, a game that dates back as far back as 16th century Italy. There are various types of the popular pastime, with Foxy Bingo revealing that 75-ball is the most widely played form of the game in the U.S. However, the 80-ball and 90-ball versions have also become more popular in recent years as people explore different options both online and in traditional bingo halls.
No matter what version you prefer, Maryland’s bingo halls have been a key part of the thriving gaming scene in the state, with plenty of establishments offering the game. We’ve pulled together some of the best halls in the state for you, ensuring you’re all set to enjoy them once they reopen.
Patapsco Bingo – 3321 Annapolis Rd # 23, Baltimore
Patapsco Bingo has been around for almost a decade now and offers the opportunity to play slot machines as well as bingo. It claims to be the lowest-priced bingo in town as well as offering a chance to grab a bite to eat too.
Bingo World – 4901 Belle Grove Rd, Baltimore
Bingo World offers players a host of options throughout the day, with 27 cards available for just $10. With midday and matinee sessions as well as sessions in the evening, it caters for a range of different individuals, from shift workers to those playing casually through the day.
There are big jackpots and they even offer a driver service, picking up across Baltimore, helping those who struggle with transportation.
Rod and Reel – 4160 Mears Ave, Chesapeake Beach
Rod ‘n’ Reel isn’t just a bingo hall, but a resort that offers gaming to patrons as well as visitors. Based at Chesapeake Beach, it’s more accessible for those living in South Maryland and offers special games such as ‘Big Bucks Bingo’ and matinee sessions.
With other attractions there too, such as the Rock the Dock music series, there’s plenty to mix in with your bingo for a complete day out.
ADF Bingo – 29062 Three Notch Rd, Mechanicsville
ADF Bingo might be a little out of the way, but it’s another great spot to enjoy your hobby, whilst also putting something back. Part of their mission statement explains that they ‘provide funds to other nonprofits to improve the overall effectiveness of their program’. They also offer a wide range of sessions across the week and have a full kitchen service so you can eat whilst you play.