SWARC Opens Maryland Online Sports Betting Applications

Mobile sports betting is one step closer to launching in Maryland. 

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) announced on Tuesday, Sept. 6, that the application process for Maryland online sports betting licenses is now open. 

There can be up to 60 mobile sports licenses and 30 Class B facility licenses handed out and each business and individual will have 45 days to submit their applications to SWARC. 

“We know sports fans are eager to have mobile wagering, and we also know that it will substantially increase the contributions to education funding, so we’re eager too,” Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin said in the press release

The application window will close on Oct. 21 and after that, it could still take SWARC up to 45 days to review all the applications. 

In addition to the application and fees submitted, they must also undergo background investigations before a license can be awarded. Applicants will have 30 days after submitting the SWARC application to submit all the required information to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming eLicensing system so that the background check can be completed. 

“A number of businesses that are planning to apply for mobile licenses have already submitted information to get their investigations started, and our Licensing staff will continue guiding them through the qualification procedures,” Martin said. “We’re focused on expediting our part of the process so mobile betting can start as soon as possible.”

It’s been a long time coming as Maryland sports bettors are continuing to grow impatient, but the launch of online sports betting is getting close.

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Approved Regulations

The approved regulations published by SWARC were published in the Aug. 26 edition of the Maryland Register. The regulations getting published started a 30-day comment period for the public. 

While the original date of launching before the start of the NFL season won’t happen, the new targeted date could be possible with the application process opening up. The new targeted launch date for mobile sports betting in Maryland is the 2023 Super Bowl but that’s a date that MLG couldn’t completely commit to. 

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DraftKings To Open Retail Sportsbook

DraftKings is set to add its name to the list of retail sportsbook operators in Maryland. 

The sportsbook was recently approved for a Retail Sports Betting License by the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency. 

When the retail sportsbook is opened it’ll be located at Timonium Racetrack which is also where the fairgrounds are. It will be in the grandstands of the racetrack. 

It will expand DraftKings’ footprint to retail locations in 19 states when it does eventually open. 

There are currently six Maryland retail sportsbooks open for in-person betting:

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

PointsBet has received a license but has yet to open its doors at Riverboat on the Potomac. Fanatics is another sportsbook to be granted a license but they don’t currently have a physical location or partner. 

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.