Live Updates: Maryland Sports Betting Launch News

Posted on April 11, 2022 - Last Updated on January 26, 2023

After more than two years of waiting, Maryland online sports betting went live on November 23.

Great sign-up offers are out there from five big-name operators. Seven operators are live and accepting bets: DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM, FanDuel, PointsBet, BetRivers and Barstool.

PlayMaryland is here to help you make sense of the latest news. We’ll update this post as changes happen, so check back to stay informed.

Maryland sports betting launch updates – 2023

Jan. 26 — Senator Ron Watson discusses online casino gambling

Maryland Sen. Ron Watson says online casinos could supplement state education funds.

Jan. 25 — Maryland senators introduce bill to legalize online casinos

Sens. Ron Watson and Nancy King hope to leave legal internet gaming up to the Maryland public by introducing SB 267.

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Jan. 23 — Regulators approve diversity plans for first 10 sportsbook apps

Maryland’s first 10 sportsbook apps each received regulatory approval for their diversity plans.

Jan. 20 — Fanatics Sportsbook opens first retail location at FedEx Field

The very first sportsbook at an NFL stadium debuted Friday with Fanatics Sportsbook at FedEx Field.

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Jan. 16 — Maryland casinos set new record for 2022

Despite ending the year with low December numbers, Maryland casinos logged a record-setting 2022 overall.

Jan. 12 — Fanatics Sportsbook to make national debut at FedEx Field in Maryland

Maryland will be the first state to feature a Fanatics Sportsbook, as it launches its first retail location at FedEx Field on Friday, Jan. 20.

Jan. 11 — Mega Millions jackpot rises, Ravens’ postseason odds grow longer

This Friday’s Mega Millions drawing will feature the second-largest jackpot in game history. Meanwhile, sportsbooks are losing hope in the Baltimore Ravens’ Wild Card, Playoff and Super Bowl chances.

Jan. 10 — Sportsbook apps took in $478.2 million in bets this December

Maryland numbers reveal that bettors wagered a total $497.1 million on sports in December — and 96% of those bets were placed online.

Jan. 5 — Maryland offers problem gambling solutions

If you think you or a loved one is struggling with a gambling problem, here are the steps you can take for help in Maryland.

Jan. 3 — Live! Hotel & Casino to host Mid Atlantic Poker Open

Maryland’s own Live! Casino is gearing up to host the Mid Atlantic Poker Open from Jan. 4 – Jan. 16.

Dec. 22 — Problem gamblers can self-exclude from participation

Maryland offers a Voluntary Exclusion Program for anyone looking to exclude themselves from gambling or sports betting.

Dec. 19 — In-person casino gambling will ultimately benefit from online sports betting

Analysis of November’s casino revenue suggests Maryland casinos will ultimately profit from the legalization of online sports betting.

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Dec. 16 — John Martin calls sportsbook promotional spend integral

Maryland Lottery & Gaming director John Martin says promotional spend is one of the most important factors in long-term sports betting success.

Dec. 12 — Maryland sports bettors wager $186 million online

Maryland’s November revenue report reveals Maryland bettors wagered $186 million during the first nine days of online sports betting.

Dec. 8 — FanDuel features World Cup promo event at Live! Casino

Now until Dec. 18, FanDuel Sportsbook is giving bettors a chance to win $5,000 in free bets by taking part in their Robokeeper event at Live! Casino & Hotel.

Dec. 7 — Maryland casinos see $163.4 million in November revenue

Despite all eyes focused on online sports betting, Maryland casinos collected a staggering $163.4 million in revenue for the month of November.

Dec. 5 — First full week of December sports betting commences

Maryland sports bettors enter their first full week of December wagering with a full slate of World Cup matches and NFL action, along with a well-rounded offering of NHL and NBA games as each season heats up.

Dec. 2 — FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings, Caesars to be top dogs in Maryland

As Maryland sports betting apps continue jockeying for position, four particular sportsbooks are making their way to the front of the pack.

Dec. 1 — Bally Bet & WynnBet granted initial sportsbook app approval, John Martin talks November numbers

3:00 p.m.: Sports betting promos and free bets will likely result in negligible sportsbook revenue and limited Maryland tax income, according to John Martin, director of MD Gaming.

9:30 a.m.: Maryland regulators deem Bally Bet and WynnBet qualified for online sportsbook licenses during a Thursday meeting.

Nov. 30 — Online betting won’t hinder in-person sportsbook visits

Analysis of Ney Jersey online gambling suggests that Maryland retail sportsbooks won’t falter due to the launch of online sports betting.

Nov. 29 — Bally Bet & WynnBet to be considered for sportsbook licenses

Maryland Gaming announces that it will hold a commission meeting this Thursday to review sportsbook license applications from Bally Bet and WynnBet.

Nov. 28 — First full week of online betting commences in Maryland

2:15 p.m.: GeoComply data from the first week of wagering reveals bettors triggered 16.5 million geolocation checks at Maryland sportsbook apps between launch and the end of Thanksgiving weekend.

9:30 a.m.: It’s the first full week of Maryland sports betting. Check out our list of promos below to take full advantage of deals that are out there.

Nov. 26 — First college football Saturday on tap in Maryland

10:45 a.m.: It’s college football Saturday and it’s a big one in the Big Ten. Not only is Maryland playing Rutgers in a battle of conference newcomers, but Michigan is at Ohio State in today’s biggest game.

According to Caesars Sportsbook, 50% of the spread tickets are on either side of the big game. The total of the game has dropped from 57.6 to 55.5.

We’ll see what happens in Columbus.

Nov. 25 — USA/England nation’s biggest soccer game in … a while

12:45 p.m.: We’re about an hour from one of the biggest US soccer games in a generation.

The Americans are playing England at 2 p.m. in Qatar for a crucial group stage match.

Maryland soccer apps are all over bonuses and in-app incentives. Check out Caesars Sportsbook, where several Team USA results are parlayed with other sports, including whether USA young star Christian Pulisic scores.

There are also one-time usage parlay insurance promos for the World Cup, in addition an “anytime goal scorer” profit boost with a 25% token available to boost your winnings by a significant amount.

As always, read the terms and conditions and enjoy the match!

Nov. 24 — Plenty of Thanksgiving NFL promos out there for bettors

Noon: By now, many Maryland sports bettors have discovered that it’s not just sign-up bonuses that benefit players who sign up for online sportsbooks.

For instance, at DraftKings, players are being offered a Thanksgiving risk-free bet in-app. That means, after opting in on the app, any losing NFL Thanksgiving weekend bet that loses will be credited with up to a $10 free bet from DK.

Keep an eye on the terms and conditions of deals like these, though. Usually, free DraftKings bets must be used within seven days of issuance.

Poke around all the apps and see what extras they provide for players… and enjoy the games!

Nov. 23 — ‘Smooth start’ to online sports betting in Maryland

5 p.m.: The first day has been a smooth start, according to the spokesperson for the Maryland gambling regulator.

Seth Elkin, assistant director of communications for public affairs for Maryland Lottery and Gaming, released this statement about the launch.

“Our licensing and auditing teams have worked closely with the sportsbook operators for months to ensure that we’d have a smooth start, and things are going well. We’re pleased to have mobile wagering started, and we encourage everyone to enjoy it responsibly and in moderation.”

2:30 p.m.: Perhaps Maryland’s most famous sports icon, Cal Ripken Jr., gave DraftKings a shout-out this morning on Twitter.

It doesn’t get more Maryland than that. It’s been a slow rollout of brand ambassadors for companies in MD, perhaps because of constrained marketing budgets.

We’ll keep an eye on who else puts their name to sportsbooks going forward.

11:30 a.m.: Caesars is live in Maryland and still has the Caesars Sportsbook & Casino truck parked at Horseshow Baltimore.

“The launch of the Caesars Sportsbook app in Maryland strengthens our offering for customers in the state,” said Eric Hession, President of Caesars Digital. “With a historically jam-packed sports calendar, customers can now enjoy access to the same unmatched rewards they’ve experienced when betting at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, in the palm of their hands.”

10:05 a.m.: PointsBet is now live in its 13th state.

“Just a few short months after unveiling The PointsBet Retail Sportsbook at The Riverboat on the Potomac, we’re thrilled to now be able to add our market-leading online sports betting product to the mix,” said PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken. “As one of the few sportsbooks to be on the starting line in Maryland, PointsBet will be delivering sports fans in the state a new way to take part in the action – whether that’s for the NFL, NBA, or NHL. And we’re particularly looking forward to launch just as the 2022 World Cup is starting and showing Maryland bettors why we’re known as the home of live betting through our new suite of Soccer Lightning Bet markets.”

9:50 a.m.: Barstool Sportsbook announced that it is live in its 14th state.

Among the announced promotions: “-THE BIG GOBBLE, a Barstool exclusive. Users who bet $100+ on the OVER of the over/under line for combined total points between all 3 Thanksgiving NFL games will score a custom Overs Club Jacket if the OVER hits.”

9:45 a.m.: BetMGM publicly announced what we already knew: their platform is live.

“This is a significant milestone that elevates our vision to deliver world-class entertainment to sports fans in the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) region,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt. “The convenience of our best in-class mobile app connects directly to the engaging atmosphere we’ve created in our retail sportsbooks at MGM National Harbor and Nationals Park.”

9 a.m.: And we are live in Maryland! Seven sportsbook apps are expected to launch today.

8 a.m.: A handful of operators expected to launch at 9 a.m. expect to do so without any delays, PlayMaryland has learned. Today is finally the day!

Nov. 22 — Launch time set; regulators to spend the day analyzing operations

11:15 a.m.: Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that online sports betting will launch at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Seven operators will launch, as expected.

9:30 a.m.: Before sports betting apps officially launch tomorrow, Maryland regulators will spend the day conducting final analyses of each operator. Each sportsbook that has successfully completed the process will then receive a green light for tomorrow’s launch.

Nov. 21 — Maryland online sportsbooks undergo soft launch; Long Shot’s opens retail book

2 p.m.: Maryland online sportsbooks went through a dress rehearsal on Monday, taking part in an eight-hour soft launch to show regulators they are ready for action.

The apps took bets from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. and shut down until Wednesday’s full launch, which will occur at a still unannounced time.

6 p.m.: It’s not just the online sports betting world making launch news this week. Long Shot’s in Frederick opened retail sports betting via kiosks on Monday.

Nov. 18 — DraftKings announces pre-launch testing

DraftKings Sportsbook MD announced that it will be conducting a public test session this coming Monday and Tuesday and intends to officially launch on Wednesday, Nov. 23, pending final regulatory approval.

Nov. 17 — Seven online sportsbooks will launch Nov. 23

The Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency announced that seven online sportsbooks will launch next week on Nov. 23.

They are:

  • BetRivers Sportsbook
  • BetMGM Sportsbook
  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • Barstool Sportsbook
  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • PointsBet Sportsbook

Nov. 16 — Maryland regulators approve 10 sports betting apps

Maryland regulators approved 10 sportsbook apps during a SWARC meeting Wednesday. An official launch date, however, still remains unknown.

Nov. 15 — Caesars Sportsbook unveils free money promo

Caesars Sportsbook MD has revealed its pre-launch offer, giving all new players $100 in free bets when they deposit $20 into a new account.

Nov. 14 — Regulators reschedule licensing meeting to an earlier date

Maryland regulators will now meet on Wednesday, Nov. 16 to review and award sportsbook licenses rather than waiting until Nov. 21.

The Sports Wagering Application Review Committee also said in the announcement that the launch could be “possible in time for Thanksgiving.”

Nov. 10 — BetMGM goes live with Maryland pre-launch promo

BetMGM Sportsbook Maryland has joined the ranks as one of the first Maryland sportsbook apps to debut an offer, giving away $200 in free bets to new players plus a risk-free first bet of up to $1,000.

Nov. 3 — Barstool opens sports bar in Hollywood Casino Perryville

Barstool Sportsbook has debuted a brand new sports bar inside Hollywood Casino Perryville. Bettors can currently use the retail kiosks located adjacent to the restaurant. They will also be able to wager via a sportsbook app within the bar once online sports betting launches.

Oct. 31 — PointsBet debuts pre-launch offer

PointsBet Sportsbook Maryland is gearing up to celebrate launch by giving away $200 in free bets, plus five (5) second chance bets each worth $100.

Oct. 28 — betPARX launches retail sportsbook at Greenmount OTB

Maryland gained its eighth retail sportsbook on Friday as Greenmount Station OTB launched betPARX Sportsbook.

Oct. 27 — MLGCA convenes to discuss first sports betting license applicants

During a regularly scheduled meeting, the Maryland Lottery reviewed the state’s initial phase of sports betting applicants.

Oct. 25 — First 10 applicants unveiled by Maryland Lottery

The Maryland Lottery announced the first 10 applicants for online sports betting in the state.

They are:

  • Barstool Sportsbook
  • BetFred
  • BetMGM
  • BetRivers
  • Caesars
  • DraftKings
  • Fanatics
  • FanDuel
  • Parx Sportsbook
  • PointsBet

The lottery commission is meeting on Thursday and will have qualification hearings for the applicants. Then, the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission will review the applicants at its Nov. 21 meeting.

A launch shortly after that time is likely.

Oct. 21 — DraftKings, FanDuel pre-launch offer live

DraftKings Sportsbook Maryland has come out strong with a great pre-launch offer. Sign up now for $200 in free bets (paid out as eight $25 free bets) and a chance at winning one of five $100,000 free bets.

FanDuel Sportsbook in Maryland is giving away $100 in free bets. That’s in addition to up to a $1,000 no-sweat first bet from the nation’s most popular sportsbook.

Oct. 19 — 10 sportsbooks on the way?

No launch date has been set, but Maryland sports betting is inching toward the starting line, as SWARC met to discuss launch. Ten applications have been submitted and the body will meet again on Nov. 21 to consider approval.

Oct. 17 — Maryland public wonders what’s taking so long

Public comments reveal that Maryland bettors are getting tired of waiting on state regulators to complete the launch process.

Oct. 12 — First online sportsbook applicants to be revealed this month

Maryland Lottery director John Martin announced that the first phase of sportsbook applicants will be revealed during a regulatory meeting on Oct. 27.

Sept. 26 — Public comment period ends

Maryland’s 30-day public comment period has officially concluded. Regulators will now spend the first half of October reviewing public input and establishing final online sports betting regulations.

Sept. 9 — In-person public comment meeting

Regulators held an in-person meeting on Sept. 9 where members of the public were able to comment on the state’s proposed sports betting regulations.

Sept. 6 — 45-day license application window opens

The SWARC officially began the countdown on a 45-day window for interested sportsbook operators to apply for a license. A total of 60 online licenses and 30 retail licenses are available to secure.

Aug. 26 — 30-day public comment period begins

Interested members of the public have until Sept. 26 to submit written comment regarding Maryland’s proposed sports betting regulations.

Aug. 17 — SWARC awards Commanders a retail sports betting license

The Commanders, under the name Maryland Stadium Sub, LLC, were awarded a retail sports betting license by SWARC. It’s expected a physical sportsbook will appear at FedEx Field shortly. The team has not officially partnered with an operator just yet, though a recent report suggests it could be Fanatics.

Aug. 10 — MLGCA approves Commanders application

The MLGCA approved the Washington Commanders for a Maryland sportsbook at FedEx Field. However, they still need further approval from SWARC before officially being granted a sports wagering facility license.

Aug. 1 — Bingo World opens BetRivers Sportsbook in Maryland

Bingo World officially unveiled its BetRivers-branded sportsbook with a ribbon-cutting event on Monday, October 1. The Brooklyn Park-based bingo hall, approved to become Maryland’s ninth retail sportsbook in March, will be the first in the state outside a casino.

July 13 — SWARC approves proposed regulations, application for mobile sports betting

Maryland’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) approved proposed online sports betting regulations and applications during its July meeting on Wednesday. It also approved the same for competitive retail facility sports betting licenses.

SWARC will now submit them to the Maryland Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review for “emergency approval.” Once approved there, a 30-day public comment period will then begin.

July 11 — Drafts of regulations, application for online sports betting completed

During the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission’s June meeting, Jim Nielsen of Maryland Lottery and Gaming said the online sports betting regulations draft is “about 95% done.” On Monday, July 11, that draft, as well as one for online applications, was posted online.

These drafts will be addressed and considered during SWARC’s meeting on July 13.

July 11 — Sports betting handle slides again in June

Maryland sportsbooks combined to bring in just over $19.1 million in total handle in June. It was the first time the total handle didn’t eclipse $20 million in a full month since launching retail sports betting in the Old Line State in December 2021.

July 6 — Long Shot’s partners with Betfred Sports

As one of the nine Maryland locations to receive a sports betting license, Long Shot’s finally has a partner to get off the ground. The Maryland Jockey Club’s OTB announced on July 6 that it is teaming up with Betfred Sports for a retail sportsbook in Frederick, Maryland.

Betfred Sports is a bookmaker based in the U.K. that owns and operates over 1,400 betting shops in the nation. It made its way to the United States in 2019 and is licensed in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Arizona.

The companies will also expand into mobile together once the state officially ushers in online sports betting.

June 29 — SWARC continues to work through draft regulations, applications

Maryland’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission met on Wednesday to continue the discussion surrounding draft regulations and applications for mobile sports betting in the state. SWARC chairman Thomas Brandt said he hopes to approve the aforementioned in the coming weeks, a sentiment he shared during the commission’s last meeting two weeks ago.

During that previous meeting on June 16, Jim Nielsen of Maryland Lottery and Gaming (MLGCC) stated that the draft of the regulations was “about 95% done” at that time. This is just the first of numerous logistical steps required before mobile sports wagering gets off the ground in the Old Line State.

June 23 — Fanatics gets initial approval from MLGCC

Fanatics got initial license approval for a retail sports betting license in Maryland on Thursday. The unanimous vote came during the monthly Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) meeting. 

Fanatics still needs to get approval from the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) before it can officially launch a Maryland sportsbook in the Old Line State. There was no future site announced during Thursday’s meeting.

June 15 — Governor Larry Hogan calls out SWARC

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called out the state’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission on Wednesday morning. In a letter posted to Twitter, he urged the group to “act immediately” in regard to getting mobile sports betting off the ground in the Old Line State.

Hogan reiterated he hopes online sports wagering will be live by the time the upcoming NFL season kicks off in September. SWARC had no update at its meeting the following day.

June 10 — Maryland sports betting handle dips to $23.1 million in May

For the first time in 2022, sportsbooks in Maryland failed to eclipse $25 million in betting handle in the month of May. In fact, at just north of $23 million, May was the lowest full-month handle brought in since retail sports betting launched in December 2021.

June 6 — Hollywood Casino Perryville launches Barstool Sportsbook

Despite partnering with Penn National Gaming last year, Hollywood Casino Perryville initially launched its sportsbook under its own name in December 2021. However, on Monday, June 6, that changed with the casino officially launching the new Barstool Sportsbook.

While already live, Hollywood is hosting a grand opening on Friday, June 10 to usher in the Barstool brand.

May 23 — If Commanders relocate, what does that mean for Maryland sports betting?

ESPN reported on Monday that the Washington Commanders recently bought a piece of 200-acre land in Virginia with the idea of potentially building a new stadium. However, the team is keeping its options open for the time being.

At the current FedEx Field in Landover, Md., the Commanders would have the option to open a retail sportsbook if they wanted. However, Virginia does not allow Maryland retail sportsbooks outside its five approved casinos throughout the state.

May 19 — Mobile sports betting won’t launch until 2023?

According to a report from Legal Sports Report, a launch of mobile sports wagering in Maryland by the 2023 Super Bowl is “likely a stretch.” The initial target date to go live was Week 1 of the upcoming NFL season, so a delay beyond the Super Bowl in February would be a disappointment to Maryland bettors.

May 10 — Maryland sportsbooks see $26.9 million of handle in April

The $26.9 million figure is the second-lowest full-month handle among Maryland sportsbooks since retail sports betting launched in December 2021. State officials reported the collective hold percentage at 10.5%.

May 3 — Caesars CEO ‘skeptical’ Maryland launches mobile sports betting in 2022

Caesars CEO Tom Reeg said he’s “skeptical Maryland launches mobile (sports betting) in 2022” during the company’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday, May 3. However, he does fully expect to have roots in Maryland when mobile eventually goes live.

April 22 — Cumberland preparing for sports betting in the city

Officials for the city of Cumberland, Maryland, are preparing for the likelihood of sports betting operations within city limits. According to the Cumberland Times-News, the mayor and the city council met on Tuesday to amend a zoning code to pave the way for sports betting in Cumberland.

“I think it is something that fits well into some of these local establishments we have here in town,” Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss said to the Times-News. “I think it would be a good thing. It’s another form of entertainment.

“There are a couple people, one on Baltimore Street and another downtown gentleman has indicated he might apply for it.”

April 11 — Sports betting handle back over $30 million in March

The NCAA Tournament helped push Maryland’s sports betting handle back north of $30 million after a dip to $25.5 million in February. The collective holding percentage among state sportsbooks was 12.7%.

March 28 — Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control approves FansUnite’s American Affiliate

The AmAff division will “provide customer acquisition services for licensed sports wagering entities” in the state.

FansUnite is a global sports and entertainment company that operates multiple B2C brands and B2B software for the online gambling industry. It acquired American Affiliate, a pure-play affiliate company, in November 2021.

March 16 — Disparity survey still underway, no timeline on mobile betting launch

No concrete timeline for mobile and online betting came from a SWARC meeting on March 16. The focus remains on completing a disparity survey before establishing a timeline.

The legislation that legalized sports betting in the Old Line State included a mandate that forced women- and minority-owned businesses to participate in the market. In response, SWARC tasked the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister with completing a survey that highlights any barriers to entry those groups may face.

“They’ve begun their work,” said Maryland Assistant Attorney General David Stamper. “The Department of Legislative Services, Lottery, and Taft are working to get the necessary information so they can move forward as quickly as possible.”

March 16 — Bingo World approved to become state’s ninth retail sportsbook

The SWARC voted unanimously in favor of giving the Brooklyn Park facility a sports betting license. The approval marks the completion of the third step of a four-step process in a sportsbook launch.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission (MLGC) will look over the day-to-day aspects of the business such as accounting systems and security practices. Once the commission approves those procedures, the license will be issued.

Jan. 25 — Focus on disparity study

The SWARC met and discussed updates on the disparity survey. SWARC Chair Thomas Brandt said the group would not take any further action until the disparity study is complete, so it remains the No. 1 priority at this time.

Jan. 13 — Mobile betting targeted for 2022

Maryland Lottery & Gaming official John A. Martin told PlayMaryland that full statewide mobile sports betting should launch by September. The delay for online betting has been an unfortunate bummer to Maryland’s sports wagering launch. But Martin said officials are working to expedite the process that had also slowed the debut of retail betting.

2021 Maryland sports betting updates

Dec. 23, 2021 — Barstool opens at Hollywood Perryville

Hollywood Casino Perryville opened its sports-betting operations as the fifth Maryland sportsbook. Hollywood Casino Perryville is accepting sports wagers under the Barstool Sportsbook brand.

Dec. 17, 2021 — TwinSpires opens at Ocean Downs Casino

Ocean Downs Casino becomes Maryland’s fourth sports-betting location. The latest retail sports-betting operator began taking bets under its TwinSpires Sportsbook moniker.

Dec. 9-10, 2021 — Sports betting is officially legal in Maryland

Legal sports betting finally arrived when Gov. Hogan placed the first legal sports wager in Maryland history. He bet on a Washington vs. Baltimore matchup in the Super Bowl with his wager at BetMGM Sports Book & Lounge at MGM National Harbor.

A day after MGM National Harbor officially kicked off MD sports betting, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore accepted its first wager at the on-site Caesars Sportsbook. Live! Casino & Hotel also opened its FanDuel Sportsbook the same day.

Dec. 8, 2021 — PointsBet, University of Maryland strike deal

PointsBet Sportsbook inked a multi-year partnership with University of Maryland sports. The deal, which includes fan-facing in-game and campus activations, makes the Terrapins the first Maryland school and first Big Ten conference member to sign a deal with a sportsbook operator.

Dec. 8, 2021 — SWARC approves Riverboat on the Potomac and Long Shot’s

The SWARC formally approved Riverboat on the Potomac and Long Shot’s for retail sports betting. They expect to go live sometime in 2022. Riverboat on the Potomac will be the future home of PointsBet after agreeing to a partnership deal.

Nov. 18, 2021 — SWARC approves casinos’ licenses

The SWARC also approved the five casinos that received preliminary approval from the MLGC. This step paved the way for them to begin offering in-person retail sports betting by the end of 2021.

Oct. 22, 2021 — Two more casinos approved

The MLGC gave preliminary approval for Hollywood Casino and Ocean Downs for in-person sports betting. Like the others, these casinos needed final approval from the SWARC.

Oct. 6, 2021 — First applications get preliminary approval

Three Maryland casinos had their licensing applications approved by the MLGCC:

July 15, 2021 — Regulators approve sports betting regulations draft for public review

Members of the MLGC approved a set of draft Maryland sports betting regulations for public comment. Mostly a formality, this was a monumental step toward legal sportsbooks within state lines.

May 18, 2021 — Gov. Larry Hogan signs HB 940

Sports betting in the Old Line State officially became legal when Gov. Larry Hogan signed HB 940. At the time, there was no official timetable for launch, though stakeholders were targeting the start of the 2021-22 NFL season.

April 12, 2021 — State passes sports betting bill

Maryland House and Senate leaders overwhelmingly reached a compromise to pass sports betting legislation on Monday, April 12, 2021. The Senate passed the bill on the third reading by a 47-0 vote.

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