Maryland regulators are taking a critical step in introducing online sports betting

The relatively sudden rush to online Maryland Sports betting continued Thursday With 10 Sports bets receive optimized consideration.

In a lengthy meeting on Thursday, Dec Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission applied alternative licensing standards 10 Online MD Sports Betting Licenses. These 10 go to Examination Committee for Sports Betting Applicationswhich could reassign the licenses at their next meeting Nov 21.

“We’re pleased to have moved the process forward today, but of course the work continues,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin said in a press release. “We have a lot of activity ahead of us over the next few weeks, but we’ll see the first mobile betting in Maryland soon.”

An approval in November could set up the online sports betting to start in December. Regulators took an extremely slow path to online sports betting before a rapid push began in late 2018 August. Maryland voters approved sports betting November 2020 and retail sportsbook opened in December 2021.

Which online sportsbooks in Maryland have evolved?

The MLGCC has moved forward 10 mobile sportsbook licenses using alternative licensing standards, which largely means the operators already hold a retail sportsbook license in Maryland or operate in three jurisdictions. The Commission used a similar tactic to launch retail sports betting last year.

The licensees also have corresponding sports betting operator licenses, which do not have to take precedence over SWARC. Licenses approved Thursday include:

  • bingo world (BetRivers)
  • BetMGM Maryland Sports (BetMGM)
  • Crown Maryland Gaming (DraftKings)
  • CZR Maryland Mobile Opportunity (Caesars)
  • Greenmount station (Parx Interactive)
  • Live Casino! and hotels (fan duel)
  • long shots (Betfred)
  • Maryland Stadium Sub (Fanatics Sportsbook)
  • Penn Maryland OSB/Hollywood Casino (Bar stool sports betting)
  • Riverboat on the Potomac (PointsBet)

There are up to 60 Online licenses available in Maryland. The application period is closed 21 Octand the MLGCC was told that an update on the applicants would be released soon.

Pressure back on Maryland SWARC

SWARC bears much of the responsibility for the lengthy process of launching online sportsbook in Maryland. The body created by law was responsible for developing the competitive licensing standards as well as ensuring the inclusion of minorities and women in the industry.

Governor Larry Hogan Putting pressure on the SWARC this summer. After several meetings and an additional disparity study, the SWARC decided that it could not use race or gender requirements to award licenses.

In August, the commission sent its regulations to a Legislative Review Commission and opened one 30 day Comment period and application period.

“All eyes will be on us to launch online sports betting in the state of Maryland and we will be the critical step in that process,” said SWARC Chairman Tom Brandt said at its last meeting. “I would keep the November date for [commissioners and consultants] to do their job thoroughly.”

Retail sports betting license also qualified

Long Shots Hagerstown received approval for a Class B Retail License. There is 30 competitive retail licenses available in Maryland.

Long Shot’s Hagerstown shares ownership with Long Shot’s in Frederickone of 17 legal persons named in the legislation for a license.

sports betting in retail $31.4 million in bets in September, generation $6.6 million in sports betting income.


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