About the Author

Christopher Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a senior contributor and analyst at Maryland Sharp, with a focus on the sports betting industry and the financial and political impact of gaming on the state.

Five Maryland Retail Sports Betting Licenses Awarded, PointsBet Likely Next

November 18, 2021 | By: Christopher Gerlacher

Maryland’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) awarded five retail sports betting licenses on Nov. 18:  Hollywood Casino Perryville — Barstool Sportsbook Ocean Downs — TwinSpires Sportsbook  Horseshoe Casino — Caesars Sportsbook  Live! Casino and Hotel — FanDuel MGM National Harbor — BetMGM These licenses come on the heels of accusations from three casinos that […]

Maryland Casinos Claim Unissued Sports Betting Licenses Break Law 

November 17, 2021 | By: Christopher Gerlacher

According to Maryland Matters, three Maryland casinos signed a joint statement claiming that the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) is violating the law by not issuing sports betting licenses to:  Horseshoe Baltimore (Caesars Sportsbook) Live! Casino (FanDuel Sportsbook) MGM National Harbor (BetMGM)     Although the joint statement sounds dramatic, the casinos have standing […]

Maryland’s Sports Betting Bill Tackles Problem Gambling

October 13, 2021 | By: Christopher Gerlacher

Few sports betting bills prioritize problem gambling. However, Maryland is one of the few states that funds problem gambling services well. Maryland is starting strong by building responsible gambling into its sports betting bill. It meets and exceeds the National Council on Problem Gambling’s five responsible gaming principles, signaling Maryland’s commitment to bettors. Here’s how […]