Maryland regulator opens first sports betting license applications

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission (MLGC) has opened license applications for the locations named in the state’s sports betting legislation.

This comes after Governor Larry Hogan signed the state’s sports betting legislation into law back in May.

MLGC opens license applications

On Tuesday, the MLGC opened license applications for the 17 locations named in the state’s sports betting legislation.

The locations named in the legislation can apply for a license to offer retail sports betting via the MLGC’s website.

Under the state’s legislation, more than 100 sports betting licenses are up for grabs and in addition to the 17 locations named in the state law, there can be an additional 30 Class B land-based locations.

Applications for the competitive licenses, which include the 60 mobile licenses have yet to open.

Which locations can apply for licenses now?

When the legislation was signed into law, the measure contained 17 locations that were named by the state’s lawmakers.

The list of potential locations includes casinos, horse racing tracks, and off-track betting facilities, as well as bingo halls.

During a meeting in August, the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission approved all 17 locations. It is now up to the state regulator to issue the licenses. The locations include:

  • MGM National Harbor
  • Live! Casino & Hotel 
  • Horseshoe Casino
  • M&T Bank Stadium
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • FedEx Field
  • Ocean Downs Casino
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Rocky Gap Casino
  • Laurel Park Race Track and Pimlico Race Track
  • Maryland State Fairgrounds
  • Bingo World
  • Rod-n-Reel
  • Jockey Bar and Grill
  • Greenmount Station
  • Long Shot’s 
  • Riverboat on the Potomac

As the 17 licenses are approved, the locations can begin to move forward with opening sportsbook facilities.

Online sportsbook operators can also partner with Class A and Class B licensees to offer land-based betting. The 17 locations named above can also apply for an online betting license.

There are still 23 licenses available for land-based sports betting that have yet to be allocated. The MLGC is set to open these applications at a later date.

Partnerships already in place

Several partnerships have already been agreed upon between operators and locations in the state.

So far Penn National Gaming has purchased Hollywood Casino, Caesars owns Horseshoe Casino and MGM owns the MGM National Harbor. On top of this, Churchill Downs Inc. owns Ocean Downs, and Golden Entertainment owns the Rocky Gap Casino.

A FanDuel Sportsbook is set to open at the Live! Casino & Hotel, while PointsBet has partnered with the Riverboat on the Potomac.

The Baltimore Ravens, which play at the M&T Stadium, have inked three separate sports betting partnerships with BetMGM, DraftKings, and Caesars. However, none of those partnerships include a physical sportsbook facility at the stadium.

Sports betting in Maryland

Maryland voters approved sports betting via a referendum back in November 2020.

Lawmakers worked quickly to create sports betting legislation earlier this year and the state’s governor went on to sign the legislation into law in May. The state hoped to have the sportsbooks operational during the NFL season and by the MLB World Series.

Regulations for sports betting were approved by the MLGC in July, and were then published in August.

The publishing of this launched the start of a 30-day public comment period. This is set to end on 27 September. Before this, the MLGC will hold a meeting to discuss the regulations on 22 September.