The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) will meet on Nov. 16 to consider awarding licenses to 10 mobile sports wagering entities. This could mean that Maryland bettors would be able to place bets online before NFL games, including the Thanksgiving Day matchups. It is yet to be seen whether this will happen, but it’s an exciting prospect for football fans in the state!
The sports wagering entities mentioned are:
- Long Shot’s LLC
- Maryland Stadium Sub LLC (Washington Commanders)
- PENN Maryland OSB LLC (Hollywood Casino Perryville)
- PPE Maryland Mobile LLC (Live! Casino, and Hotel)
- Riverboat on the Potomac
- Arundel Amusements (Bingo World)
- BetMGM Maryland Sports LLC
- Crown MD Online Gaming LLC (DraftKings)
- CZR Maryland Mobile Opportunity LLC (Horseshoe Casino Baltimore)
- Greenmount OTB LLC
Plan For The Official Launch
“Today, we are proud to report that sports fans can finally plan for the official launch of mobile sports betting in the State of Maryland, to reach this point, we have had to overcome countless legal, political, and bureaucratic delays that threatened to push back the launch past the Super Bowl next year. It was completely unacceptable to me, and we spent months pressing for decisive action. Thanks to those efforts, and after repeated interventions by our administration, we now anticipate the launch of mobile sports betting this month, and we are cautiously optimistic that it will be in time for Thanksgiving.” According to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
Maryland’s Sports Betting Operators Working To Meet Compliance Requirements
According to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission, each company must work with state staff to complete operational requirements before they are cleared to launch. The commission will identify an initial start date for sports betting in Maryland, and businesses that have been awarded licenses by the board and have completed all operational tasks by that date will be given clearance to begin taking wagers. Businesses that have not completed all operational requirements by the initial start date will be permitted to do so as soon as they are able.
Before authorizing sportsbooks to go live, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming requires that they first pass controlled demonstrations of their systems and procedures. This process includes accepting wagers during specific dates and times that are approved by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming.
Completing these demonstrations will help ensure that sportsbooks are fully operational and prepared to provide a positive customer experience when they launch. In addition, this will also allow the Maryland Lottery and Gaming to verify that all systems are working as intended and that there are no potential risks or issues that could arise. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that sports betting is conducted in a safe and secure environment for all involved.