Two more Maryland retail sportsbooks are on the way with Greenmount Station in Hampstead and Riverboat on the Potomac getting closer to opening.
Both facilities have received their sports betting license from the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission but must get the final regulatory approval from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. The final approval should come once the necessary upgrades are complete.
Riverboat on the Potomac and Greenmount Station are two of the three off-track betting sites that have been awarded licenses. The third is Long Shot’s which is based in Frederick.
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Next Steps For Maryland Retail Sportsbooks
Greenmount Station, Riverboat on the Potomac, Long Shot’s, and Bingo World are all working closely with Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff to complete the required procedural tasks that have been laid out. Once those are complete they must all complete a controlled demonstration.
During the controlled demonstration regulators will observe a live wagering event to ensure that the facilities are ready to launch. So far though none of the four have scheduled their controlled demonstrations. Once these demonstrations are completed the locations can set their opening dates.
When these locations do eventually open their sportsbooks it’ll bring the total to nine in-person sports betting locations in the state of Maryland with eight more to go.
Maryland Sports Betting Update
Maryland launched sports betting in December 2021 but only for in-person betting.
When sports betting launched, Maryland designated 17 facilities that were guaranteed a retail sportsbook pending successful background checks for the facilities. So far though only five of those have opened their doors and currently, no off-track betting sites have opened their sportsbooks.
The five sportsbooks that are available for Maryland sports bettors are Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover (FanDuel), MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill (BetMGM), Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore City (Caesars), Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin (TwinSpires), and Hollywood Casino in Perryville (Barstool).
Bingo World in Baltimore was awarded a license from SWARC in March making it the ninth retail sportsbook to be approved. They’re now also waiting for MLGCC approval to launch. Rush Street Interactive has partnered with Bingo World to make BetRivers the official sports betting operator when it does open.
For sports bettors in Maryland, it still could be a while until we see the launch of mobile sports betting. The process has been slow so far but if things go smoothly and regulations become agreed on it could launch as early as this summer. The hope is that it will be available in time for the 2022 football season.