Maryland will move closer to online sports betting on Thursday as state regulators begin qualifying a first wave of applicants for the much-anticipated and lucrative gaming licenses.
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is expected to accept an initial 10 license applications and an additional 10 operator license applications.
There are 60 mobile sports betting licenses available.
Operator licenses do not count towards the five dozen mobile sports betting licenses available.
Qualification by the Commission is a first step in the approval process.
Once qualified, only the license applicants require approval from the Sports Betting Application Review Commission. Operators do not need this additional permit.
Thursday’s batch for approval may not be the last application to be reviewed. Regulators were expecting some late filings as the deadline neared last Friday.
A spokesman for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission said the information would be released by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission “at such a time as it deems appropriate.”
There are few, if any, surprises in the front row of applications. Many of the retail sports betting licenses also applied for mobile licenses. All 10 applicants for mobile sports betting licenses were guaranteed physical site licenses under a law passed in 2021.
The relationships between the various applicants are often difficult to decipher. Gaming regulators do not comment on these relationships during the qualification process.
Here is a look at the applicants:
- Arundel amusementsbetter known as Brooklyn Park-based Bingo World, has applied for a mobile sports betting license.
Bingo World was one of the companies that was granted a license under state law. The venue opened the doors to its physical sports book in August. The company has partnered with Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive as the operator.
Rush Street Interactive has filed an application for a mobile operator license, which will also be presented to gaming regulators on Thursday.
- Crown Maryland online gamesa company owned by DraftKings, has applied for both a mobile sportsbook license and an operator license.
DraftKings also owns Crown MD Gaming LLC, which has received an operating license for the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
- Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore has applied for a mobile license under the name CZR Maryland Mobile Opportunity. The company announced its application in early October.
The Baltimore Casino was one of the venues guaranteed a sports betting license and took its first in-person bets last December. The company entered into a partnership with London-based company William Hill.
Gaming officials are also expected to take up American Wagering Inc.’s application for an operator’s license. American Wagering Inc. is owned by William Hill.
- Greenmount OTB of Hampstead has also applied for a mobile license. The company received its retail license in December. The facility has held two days of demonstrations in the last week and is expected to start taking its first official bets on October 28th.
The company has partnered with Parx, a Pennsylvania-based casino and gaming company, to operate the facility.
Parx has applied for a mobile operator license.
- Long shots OTB in Frederick, a retail license was guaranteed under state law. Gaming regulators will be asked on Thursday to qualify the off-track betting site for both a retail and mobile sportsbook license.
In August, state regulators granted BetFred a license to operate the facility. The company operates sports betting in the United States and the United Kingdom.
On Thursday, regulators will be asked to qualify BetFred for a mobile bookmaker license.
- Daniel Snyder and the Washington Commanders The NFL franchise has applied for a cellular license through its Maryland Stadium Sub LLC. A legally guaranteed retail license was approved in August.
The team’s stadium is yet to issue final regulatory approvals and has not yet taken any initial bets.
Snyder received a similar license in Virginia in April and has partnered with FanDuel.
FanDuel merged with Ireland’s BetFair in 2018. BetFair has applied for an operating license in Maryland. This motion is also on the agenda of the Gambling Commission on Thursday. Available public records do not specifically identify the two applicants as partners.
- MGM National Harbor has applied for a mobile sports betting license under the company name BetMGM Maryland Sports. BetMGM LLC, doing business as Roar Digital, has applied for a mobile operator license.
- The operators of Hollywood Casino in Cecil County have applied for a license under Penn Maryland OSB Corporation. Penn Sports Interactive has also applied for a mobile operator license.
- The owners of Maryland live casino have applied for a mobile license under the company name PPE Maryland Mobile. The casino has partnered with FanDuel for its retail operation.
BetFair, majority owner of FanDuel, has applied for an operator license. It is not immediately clear who the applicant is working with.
- Riverboat on the Potomac, the off-track betting site, has applied for a mobile license. The facility, whose entrance is on the Virginia side of the Potomac but is governed by Maryland law because it is virtually in the Old Line State-controlled river, began accepting its first sports bets in September.
The company has partnered with Australia-based PointsBet to operate the retail site. The company has also applied for a mobile operator license.
- FBG Enterprises Opco has also applied for an operating permit. Based in Florida, the company is a manufacturer and retailer of licensed athletic apparel, sports collectibles, NFTs, trading cards and sporting goods, as well as sports betting and iGaming.
Industry analysts believe the company won’t have a mobile sports betting app ready until January.