Maryland Lottery and Gaming have announced a targeted launch date for online sportsbooks. The Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) will meet on Nov. 16 to award licenses. The goal is for online sportsbooks in Maryland to launch on Thanksgiving, which would be Nov. 25. Maryland sports betting expansion could happen next week.
Turkey Day Brings Online Sportsbooks
Originally, SWARC was supposed to meet on Nov. 21. Members of the committee, after consulting with Taft Stettinius & Hollister and Spectrum Gaming Group, opted to accelerate the pace with an earlier meeting. Ten mobile sports betting licenses will be considered during the meeting. SWARC will vote on these applicants after review.
“Our focus for this meeting will be the mobile applicants who have been qualified by MLGCC,” said Thomas M. Brandt, Jr., SWARC Chairperson. “We will have additional award consideration meetings as SWARC and our advisors continue to review applications, and our next scheduled meeting is Dec. 14. Mobile wagering will account for the bulk of the revenue from sports wagering, and we’re eager to enable Maryland to enter that market.”
It is very likely that several applicants will be awarded licenses during the meeting. Following this, the awarded applicants will need to fulfill final operational requirements and work with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff.
Once the operators can demonstrate the products are up to standard, the final approvals will come. This will allow online Maryland sports betting to occur within the state. Operators granted approval from SWARC are likely to be qualified to launch in the Old Line State. Locals can assume those announced this week will also complete the final hurdle.
“Our staff has been in continuous contact with these mobile sports wagering businesses, and has already guided them through many of the necessary steps,” said John Martin, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director. “The last hurdle is for them to have controlled demonstrations, and SWARC’s awards of licenses on Wednesday would clear the way for that to happen.”
Below is a list of the sportsbooks that will be considered during the Nov. 16 meeting:
- BetMGM Maryland Sports LLC
- Crown MD Online Gaming LLC (DraftKings)
- CZR Maryland Mobile Opportunity LLC (Horseshoe Casino Baltimore)
- Greenmount OTB LLC
- 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
Countdown To Launch
With the target date set, locals now have a clear indication as to when Maryland sports betting will go live. Local betting fans are likely days away from seeing online sportsbooks accessible statewide.
Initially, the target for the launch was late November or December. Now locals have a direct target date. If all goes according to plan, Marylanders will be betting on the Thanksgiving football games from the comfort of their homes.