Maryland Sports Bets Launching in January

Maryland Sports Bets Launching in January

In the coming months, we may get to see fully legalized sports betting in Maryland. According to a statement by the Director of Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA), John Martin on November 4, 2021, the Sports Wagering Application Reviewing Commission (SWARC) is facing some delays that are likely to push back the launch date for land-based casinos to early January 2022. In his words, “The delay could possibly push sports wagering back until after the New Year. Right now, we hope to make the NFL playoffs in January and the Super Bowl in February.” In a later statement on November 17, 2021, he also added that online sportsbooks in Maryland are expected to launch at the earliest time in September/October 2022. 

It will be recalled that earlier in the year, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed Maryland’s online and retail sports betting law in anticipation of a launch in the fall of 2021 before the Director of MLGCA announced the postponement to early January 2022. The passing of the law officially made Maryland the fifth U.S. state to legalize sports betting in 2021 after New York, Arizona, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Maryland online and retail sports betting law makes provisions for 60 online sportsbooks which would provide gambling services on the major league sports including NFL, NBA, MLS, NHL, and MLB. There would also be coverage of college football, basketball, and European sports leagues including rugby, cricket, and basketball. The law also allows the three professional sports venues and six casinos to apply for licensure. Meanwhile, three more licenses are reserved for the owner of Laurel Park and Pimlico horse tracks, the state fairgrounds, and an off-track betting facility.

By the new law, 17 entities were allowed to apply for licensing for their retail sportsbooks and mobile betting apps. On November 18, 2021, 5 retail sportsbooks amongst the 17 entities were approved by the SWARC, the commission tasked with granting licenses to sportsbooks in Maryland, and these sportsbooks are expected to launch in Maryland in early January. The approved sportsbooks are Hollywood Casino in Perry Ville, Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin, Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, and MGM National, Harbor in Oxon Hill. These sportsbooks are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding demonstrating the modalities of their business, security protocols, employee training, organization of live betting, and implementation of responsible gaming protocols. These procedures are necessary for final approval from the MLGCA in order to be able to begin operations fully by early January 2022. 



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