Thursday, local gaming officials will have a meeting where they are expected to approve three new online sportsbooks in Maryland. Applicants include Bally’s, Digital Gaming Corporation (DGC), and WynnBet. Each applicant is expected to gain their licenses as regulators have already confirmed ahead of the meeting.
Current Online Sportsbooks In Maryland
These three operators will be joining without a retail sportsbook. The seven sportsbooks that already went live in Maryland were approved as guaranteed licenses for a retail location as well. Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet were the approved retail operators.
Despite no retail, these three new Maryland online sportsbooks will launch in Maryland statewide. The online market in Maryland has already proven to be a thriving one, with over 16.5 million transactions during the holiday weekend launch. DGC, Bally’s, and WynnBet are all joining a strong sports betting market in Maryland.
Marylanders can expect to see these operators go live in the coming weeks. Thursday’s meeting will be reviewing these sportsbooks only as other operators will be discussed at a later date. The Maryland Lottery has confirmed a total of 21 applicants, with 10 already approved and three more set to be approved this week. The remaining seven applicants are currently unknown.
There can be a total of 60 mobile betting licenses issued in Maryland. Locals can expect more operators to go live in the months following the launch.
More Steps Ahead Of Maryland Launch
Following approval from the lottery, the three applicants will need to be approved by the Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC). So far, SWARC has approved all applicants that have been approved by the Maryland Lottery.
After the final word from SWARC, a test of systems will be run. Operators must prove their sportsbook is functioning up to standard. This is the final hurdle before sportsbooks can launch in the Old Line State. This process is quick so these operators could be live before Christmas.
Maryland’s market is getting a little bit bigger with the addition of these three operators. The options for betting that locals have continues to expand.