PointsBet Opens Retail Sportsbook At Riverboat On The Potomac

The PointsBet retail sportsbook is officially open at Riverboat on the Potomac. 

On Sept. 8, Riverboat on the Potomac received a sports wagering license from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission, adding another retail option for sports bettors in Maryland to place bets. 

The licensing came after the off-track betting site completed two days of controlled demonstrations back in August. Controlled demonstrations are the last hurdle in gaining a license as it allows MLGCC to ensure that everything is running smoothly. 

PointsBet and Riverboat on the Potomac entered into a 10-year partnership to bring sports betting to the facility. 

Riverboat on the Potomac is located at 301 Beach Terrace Colonial Beach, VA, and is positioned right on the water. Even though the address is listed in Virginia waters the betting facility is located in Maryland. 

The sportsbook opened just in time for the NFL season and features plenty of TVs for sports bettors to watch the action and a bar. 

Riverboat was one of the 17 entities designated for a sports wagering license when sports betting became legal in Maryland. It becomes the seventh retail sportsbook to open in the state of Maryland. 

  • BetRivers (Bingo World)
  • TwinSpires (Ocean Downs Casino)
  • BetMGM (MGM National Harbor)
  • Barstool Sports (Hollywood Casino)
  • FanDuel Sportsbook (Live! Casino & Hotel)
  • Caesars Sportsbook (Horseshoe Casino Baltimore)

About PointsBet

PointsBet was founded in Australia and launched in the United States in 2019. PointsBet currently operates in 12 US states either with retail locations or through their mobile app.

PointsBet is the Official Sports Betting Partner of NBC Sports. PointsBet has also partnered with teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. In 2021, PointsBet announced a multi-year partnership with the University of Maryland

Mobile Sports Betting Update

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission made two big announcements last week as the launch of Maryland sports betting gets closer. 

The first is that it opened the application process for online sports betting licenses in Maryland. 

There can be up to 30 Class B facility licenses and 60 mobile sports betting licenses awarded. Each applicant will have 45 days to submit their applications, the application window will close on Oct. 21. Once applicants submit the required materials to SWARC they have 30 days to submit information to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming eLicensing System for a background check. 

After the application process is closed it will still be over a month before SWARC is able to review all of the applications. 

SWARC also added an addendum to require that all approved applicants for a Maryland sports wagering license submit a Diversity Plan

Each business that receives a license must submit a Diversity Plan to SWARC within 30 days of receiving the sports wagering license. 

The addendum includes a list of requirements for the Plan that includes having a diverse group of owners, investors, contractors, and employees. Also, a way to track their achievements towards the Diversity Plan, proposed timelines to achieve the plan, and diversity-related events and outreach must all be included. 

About the Author

Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.