The Labor Day weekend came with the launch of two more retail sportsbooks in Maryland. The Greene Turtle BetPARX Sportsbook in Baltimore and a FanDuel Sportsbook in Bethesda became the 11th and 12th physical sportsbooks in the Old Line State.
While in-person sportsbetting revenue lags far behind that of what online wagering in the state generates, it is still a welcome addition for locals who like to enjoy the atmosphere and fan camaraderie of retail Maryland sportsbooks. There’s nothing like watching the action live on giant screens in a room full of die-hard fans while dining and enjoying beverages.
Greene Turtle restaurant welcomes betPARX Sportsbook
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) issued a sports wagering facility license to Canton Gaming, LLC, and its operator partner Parx Interactive Maryland, Inc on the first day of the month. The license enabled betPARX sportsbook to open a retail sportsbook at the Greene Turtle restaurant in Baltimore’s Canton neighborhood.
The sports bar and grille bills itself as a “community hangout for all ages” and features classic bar food and Maryland fare including crab cakes. Patrons can watch games and view tickers on large screens in the restaurant.
The facility passed equipment testing on Aug. 28 and Aug. 30 and became the 11th in-person sports wagering venue in the state.
Greenmount Station OTB in Hampstead also operates a betPARX retail sportsbook.
FanDuel adds a location in North Bethesda
FanDuel increased its footprint in Maryland with a sportsbook at Sports & Social in North Bethesda. The full-fledged sports bar and grille offers a wide-ranging menu of bar food, seafood and craft beer. Patrons can place bets and view games on an 18-foot media wall.
Bets can be placed at a self-service kiosk or a betting window. FanDuel representatives are also on site for customer service.
The MLGCC issued a license for the location via Whitman Gaming and its operator partner FanDuel. The facility passed testing on Aug. 29 and Aug. 31 and received its license on Sept. 2.
A FanDuel retail sportsbook also operates at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland in Hanover.
More retail locations on the horizon
As many as 50 retail sportsbooks can operate in the state. However, many of the licenses are set aside for casinos, off-track betting retailers, racetracks and professional sports teams in the NBA, NHL and MLS that may come to the state. Thirty licenses are reserved for businesses unrelated to those entities.
Maryland’s other retail sportsbook locations:
- Bingo World in Brooklyn Park
- Greenmount Station in Hampstead
- Hollywood Casino in Perryville
- Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore
- Live! Casino in Hanover
- Long Shot’s in Frederick
- Maryland Stadium Sub at FedEx Field in Landover
- MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill
- Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin
- Riverboat on the Potomac in Charles County
The latest Maryland sports betting revenue figures
In July 2023, the statewide sports betting handle totaled $247,412,348 with 96% of that coming from online wagering. The state collected $3,312,633 in taxes (15% of taxable wins).