Bally Bet, WynnBet Qualify For Maryland Sportsbook Licenses

Posted on December 1, 2022

Two well-known casino operators are on deck to join Maryland’s stable of online sports betting apps before the end of the year.

During a Thursday morning hearing, the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Commission deemed the digital divisions of Bally’s Corporation and Wynn Resorts qualified to operate online sportsbooks. Pending licensure and final regulatory approval, Bally Bet and WynnBet could be live in Maryland as soon as late December.

The day before Thanksgiving, seven Maryland online sportsbooks launched in the state. As such, Maryland became the 22nd entity (and Washington D.C.) to regulate and tax online sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal ban in 2018.

Maryland grants initial approval to Bally’s, WynnBet

Now that Maryland regulators have deemed Bally Bet and Wynnbet qualified, the two operators must go through additional steps before being officially granted a license and approved for launch. Bally’s and Wynn will begin working closely with Maryland regulators to ensure that all internal control procedures and requirements have been met.

The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission will hold a meeting on Dec. 14, where conditional licenses will be awarded if appropriate, according to the latest Maryland Gaming release. A subsequent MLGCC meeting will then be held Dec. 15.

Once granted conditional approval, each operator will conduct a final controlled demonstration period. There, wagers can be placed while regulators observe the operators’ operations.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin expects the rollout of these two sports betting apps to progress quicker than the original launch. Martin eagerly noted:

“Fingers, toes and eyes crossed — we should get both of them up and running if not before the Playoffs, certainly well before the Super Bowl.”

Sportsbook apps in Maryland

The seven online sportsbooks currently available in the Old Line State are:

Betfred, BetParx and Fanatics have already been awarded mobile sports betting licenses, but “the timing of their launches has not been determined,” state officials said.

Maryland’s sports betting law allows for as many as 60 online sports gambling licenses to be awarded.

Lottery & Gaming officials say they will continue reviewing and approving online sportsbooks on a rolling basis.

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David Danzis is a lead writer and analyst for Catena Media's network of Play sites, appearing on PlayNJ, PlayCA, PlayOhio and PlayMaryland. He is a New Jersey native and an honors graduate of Rutgers University. As a newspaper reporter for the New Jersey Herald and Press of Atlantic City, David earned statewide awards for his coverage of politics, government, education, sports, and business. After years of reporting on Atlantic City casinos, NJ online gambling and sports betting, his focus is now on emerging gaming markets. David lives in Mays Landing, NJ with his wife and two children. When not on the beach, golf course, or the slopes, David enjoys watching his beloved New York sports teams — Yankees, Jets, Rangers, and Knicks.

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