Qualifications Approved for 10 Maryland Sports Betting License Applicants

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) approved the qualifications of 10 businesses seeking mobile sports betting licenses on Thursday during an MLGCC meeting. 

“There is still a flurry of activity ahead of us over the next couple of weeks, but we’re going to see the first mobile wagers placed in Maryland soon,” MLG Director John Martin said. “We know sports fans have been eagerly awaiting that opportunity, and we’re almost there.”

Approved Maryland Sports Betting License Applicants

Here are the 10 approved companies along with their linked online sportsbook operator.

  • Bingo World (BetRivers)
  • BetMGM Maryland Sports (BetMGM)
  • Crown Maryland Gaming (DraftKings) Claim $200 in free bets
  • CZR Maryland Mobile Opportunity (Caesars)
  • Greenmount Station (Parx Interactive)
  • Live! Casino and Hotel (FanDuel) Claim $100 in free bets
  • Long Shot’s LLC (Betfred)
  • Maryland Stadium Sub LLC (Fanatics)
  • Hollywood Casino (Barstool)
  • Riverboat on the Potomac (PointsBet)

For these businesses, the next step becomes gaining an online sports betting md license from the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC). Those entities deemed qualified for a license will be announced during the next SWARC meeting on Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. ET. That meeting will be available to watch. 

The Maryland sports wagering law requires that entities go through both the MLGCC and the SWARC before they can begin taking bets. According to Maryland law, there can be up to 60 mobile licenses granted in the state. 

The MLGCC conducts background and financial checks to determine whether an applicant is qualified while the SWARC looks at whether or not giving each business a license is in the public interest. 

Once a business is granted licensure from SWARC it must conduct a controlled demonstration and complete the necessary operational requirements before it can be granted a license by Maryland Lottery and Gaming to begin running its mobile sportsbooks.  

Also during the meeting, the MLGCC found that Long Shot’s Hagerstown qualified for a Class B license. 

Towards the beginning of the year, the expectation was to have mobile sports betting live in Maryland ahead of the 2022 NFL season. That changed to hopefully in time for the Super Bowl and now the expectation is that we will see mobile betting go live before the end of the year. 

Once the SWARC awards the licenses then an official launch date will be announced. 

Through the Maryland sports betting launch process, the sportsbook operators are only licensed through MLGCC, they do not have to gain licensing from SWARC. 

Free bets already available: Maryland sports betting launch bonuses from DraftKings and FanDuel

NFL Season Spikes Revenue

Despite sports bettors not yet being able to place wagers from their own homes the start of the NFL season led to a large increase in sports betting. 

September was a big month as the state brought in total sports betting handle of more than $31.3 million  an increase of about $12.7 million from the August handle. That number is a combined total of the seven retail sportsbooks currently open. 

Sportsbooks also contributed $984,308 to the state last month. Those numbers make it the second-highest earning month since sports betting launched at the end of 2021. 

The launch of mobile betting and the end of the football season could bring another spike as the year comes to an end. 

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.