MGM National Harbor Casino Will Open Maryland Sportsbook Lounge

MGM National Harbor, Maryland’s largest casino, will open a sports betting lounge by mid-October, according to a release from MGM Resorts. Visitors will only be able to eat nachos and hamburgers and enjoy drinks initially however, since sports betting has not yet been implemented in Maryland.

Lawmakers in Maryland legalized online sports betting in May of 2021, but regulators have yet to announce a date for a launch of online sports in the state. Observers feel it’s likely the state will roll out online betting and sports betting in the late fall or winter. It’s possible the wait could be as long as early in 2022.

Where Will You Be Able To Bet On Sports in Maryland?

While track betting on horses has been legal in Maryland for many years, the state legalized betting on professional and college sports in May.

Last month, a list of 17 expected retail sportsbooks was released by the Maryland Gaming Control Board, including sportsbooks to be located at M&T Stadium, M Live, and MGM National Harbor. The state is authorized to issue up to 60 licenses. There will be a public meeting held on October 14 by the MGCB to provide further details on licensing, regulation, and a launch date.

Maryland can issue in-person retail sportsbook licenses to off-track betting and bingo facilities, as well as the state fairgrounds, and the two thoroughbred horse racing tracks located in Laurel and Baltimore. By law, each major professional sports stadium: Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, and FedEx Field, can host a sportsbook also.

The location in MGM National Harbor will be called the BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge, using the branding for MGM Resorts’ mobile betting app. It’s expected to serve as a model for sportsbook lounges that will be opened in other states in the future. BetMGM is currently operating in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wyoming.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.