When Maryland launched sports betting in September 2021, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission designated 17 facilities for retail sports betting licenses, but not even half of them have opened their doors to begin taking wagers.
Those 17 facilities have access to submit applications through the MLGCC eLicensing platform to initiate the required background checks. Obtaining a license is a four-step process for these facilities. Once the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) reviews the applications they are required to have a background check, and licenses from the MLGCC and SWARC.
There are two types of licenses: Class A and Class B. Class A licenses are for commercial casinos and sports arenas. They are required to pay a $2 million application fee. Class B licenses are for non-sports-related companies. They are required to pay either $50,000 or $250,000 depending on the business size.
Which Facilities Have Opened
There are currently five casinos where sports betting is available, they are:
- MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill (BetMGM)
- Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover (FanDuel)
- Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore (Caesars)
- Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin (TwinSpires)
- Hollywood Casino in Perryville (Barstool)
All five of these casinos opened their doors in December 2021. MGM National Harbor was the first sportsbook to open in the state.
Another option for sports bettors in Maryland is Nationals Park in Washington D.C. While Maryland online sports betting apps have not launched, BetMGM has opened a retail sportsbook at the stadium of the Washington Nationals where bettors can place wagers.
Which Facilities Have Yet To Open
Of the 17 retail sportsbooks, there are three professional sports facilities, two horse racing tracks, five off-track betting facilities, two bingo halls, and one casino that has yet to launch.
- Casino: Rocky Gap Casino in Flinstone
- Professional sports facilities: Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium; Oriole Park at Camden Yards; FedEx Field in Landover
- Off-track betting facilities: Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium; Jockey Bar, and Grill in Boonsboro; Greenmount Station in Hampstead; Long Shot’s in Frederick; Riverboat on the Potomac in Colonial Beach, Va. (in Maryland waters)
- Bingo halls: Bingo World in Baltimore; Rod ‘N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach
Three of the off-track betting sites have gained MLGCC approval but have yet to open; Riverboat, Long Shot’s, and Greenmount Station.
Bingo World recently became the ninth retail sportsbook to be approved for its license. It partnered with BetRivers to make it the official sports betting operator when they open.
All four of these facilities must complete the required procedural tasks and upgrades before completing a controlled demonstration. Once all of those steps have been completed then each facility can start to set opening dates.