Greenmount Station began offering retail sports betting on Friday after receiving approval only a day earlier from state gaming regulators.
The off-track betting parlor in Hampstead is now the eighth in-person Maryland sportsbook.
Greenmount OTB begins taking in-person sports bets
Greenmount OTB was awarded a mobile sports wagering license at Thursday’s Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission meeting.
The location came about as a partnership of two local business owners, Chris Richards, owner of Greenmount Station Restaurant, and David Richardson, owner of Greenmount Bowl.
Richardson described the duo as the definition of “small-business owners”. He said they were “thrilled” to be opening a retail sportsbook Friday.
Other land-based sportsbooks in Maryland
The state law permitting legal sports betting emphasizes ownership diversity for licensed operators.
Long Shot’s OTB in Frederick and FedEx Field in Landover should be opening in-person sports betting windows by the end of the year. The state’s other retail sportsbooks are located at:
- Live! Casino and Hotel
- MGM National Harbor
- Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
- Hollywood Casino Perryville
- Ocean Downs Casino
- Bingo World
- Riverboat on the Potomac
Greenmount debuts betPARX sportsbook
Parx Casino Philadelphia and Greenmount have an agreement for the OTB to use digital sports betting software and operations developed by the casino.
Richardson told the MLGCC:
“We couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity for a mobile license.”
Greenmount is among the first wave of online sportsbook license applicants deemed qualified by the state gaming commission Thursday.
When will digital sportsbooks open in MD?
The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission could approve up to 10 online sports betting licenses on Nov. 21. That establishes a timetable of late November or early December for the launch of MD online sportsbooks.
Maryland voters approved legal sports wagering in November 2020. The governor signed legislation the following year. Casinos began taking single-game sports bets in December 2021.
Online sports betting has been a slower-moving process in the Old Line State, though this Thursday’s MD lottery meeting proved to be another important step in the right direction.
State law ultimately allows for as many as 60 online/mobile sports betting licenses.