Three Maryland Retail Sportsbooks To Open This Week

After nearly two years of legislative and legal wrangling, the state of Maryland is one day away from having legal retail sports betting at select casinos. One casino announced plans to open to the public on Dec. 9. Two more plan to open their doors on Dec. 10.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland (also in Baltimore), and MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, have been approved to run their sportsbooks in controlled demonstrations for state officials. MGM National Harbor will take its first sports bet at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. Horseshoe Casino and Live! Casino & Hotel will follow on Dec. 10.

Grand Openings Planned

All three casinos have scheduled grand opening ceremonies following controlled demonstrations that were conducted this week under the watchful eye of Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff. 

For Horseshoe Casino, the timing couldn’t be better. The venue has a marketing deal with the Baltimore Ravens and is close in proximity to M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens have three home games remaining in their season.

Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland has a football connection too. Former Ravens star Ed Reed will be on hand Friday to place the first sports bet at its FanDuel sportsbook. 

MGM National Harbor will welcome Gov. Larry Hogan and Washington football legend and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Theismann to its ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Also Read: 5 things to know about college sports betting in Maryland

Other Casinos with Plans for Maryland Sportsbooks 

Hollywood Casino Perryville and Ocean Downs in Worcester County are on the list to launch sportsbooks of their own in the near future following a similar path as the other casinos in Maryland.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency may also issue licenses for retail sportsbooks to racing venues and the venues that host professional teams like the Ravens and Baltimore Orioles

An independent panel predicted that once retail sportsbooks are launched and the mobile sports betting market is mature, the state could generate $100 million per year.

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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.