Maryland sports betting landscape is becoming crowded.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) approved additional three sports betting facilities, as well as two mobile license applicants, one of which is SuperBook.
These five applicants will be presented at the upcoming Sports Wagering Application Review Commission on February 15th for final approval. With this milestone reached, Marylanders can start looking forward to more options when wagering on their favorite teams like the Baltimore Ravens or Baltimore Orioles. With this update, Marylanders will now have a total of nine regulated mobile sportsbooks to choose from.
SuperBook in Maryland
Last year, SuperBook entered into a partnership with the Baltimore Orioles, putting everything in motion. Now, with their application for an online sports wagering license granted and requisite qualifications as a sports wagering facility operator and online sports wagering operator approved, SuperBook is expected to open its Lounge this summer.
SuperBook added another market within its reach, joining Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Crab Sports in Maryland
The MLGCA also approved an application from Crab Sports Maryland to operate mobile sports betting in the state. In its successful bid, Crab Sports accessed services through the Playing Innovation Group (GiG), an entity that has long been active in the European gaming market.
MLGCC noted leadership at Crab Sports had over two decades of experience, highlighting their qualification for mobile sports betting. Although up to 60 licenses were available in Maryland, only 12 have been spoken for thus far with applications Thursday. The announcement showed a promising future for the expansion of online betting in Maryland.
New Sports Betting Locations in Maryland
Aside from the mobile sportsbooks mentioned above, MLGCA also approved three more retail betting facilities.
- Kathe P. Hospitality for Michael’s on the South River in Riva
- Canton Gaming for The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille in Canton
- Canton Gaming for The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille in Towson
While mobile betting has been the new trend in sports wagering, having additional retail locations is still beneficial for those who prefer to wager in person.
Maryland’s online sportsbooks have shown strong growth since its inception in December, with a reported handle of $478.2 million, as per MLGCA. FanDuel sportsbook has seen the majority of the success thus far, accounting for 49.4% of total wagers.
betPARX, Betfred, and Fanatics Sportsbook also possess licenses for operating their own online sportsbooks but have yet to launch them. To mark its entry into the market, Fanatics opened its first retail sportsbook at FedExField last month, showing promising signs of continued success in Maryland’s ever-growing gambling sector.