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Mobile sports betting in Maryland is expected to move forward in 2022

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The first legal sports bet that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan placed on the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Football Team meeting in the Super Bowl was officially broken when the nation’s capital squad was eliminated from the NFL playoffs. But the Maryland, Bay State sports betting promotion only promises to pick up through 2022 as more sports betting go online.

Maryland sports bettors should have at least eight retail locations to choose from earlier this year, with the prospect of mobile betting rolling out in late 2022. Hogan christened the state’s sports betting industry with his first bet at BetMGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill on December 9, the opening date the facility. FanDuel Sports Betting at Live! Casino and Hotel in Hanover and Caesars Sportsbook in Baltimore Horseshoe debuted a day later.

Little by little, more retail locations are going online as the licenses are approved by the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission. TwinSpires Sportsbook at Ocean Downs in Ocean City opened December 17th with 20 self-service kiosks. And Barstool Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Perryville opened on December 23, with counter service until 8 or 9 p.m. and kiosks open 24 hours a day.

Further retail locations are opened

Three more retail locations have been approved and are expected to open in early 2022. These include Long Shots, a restaurant, and an off-track horse racing parlor in Frederick; Greenmount Station, an off-track horse racing venue with a bar and restaurant in Hempstead; and Riverboat on the Potomac, an off-track restaurant and betting location that will partner with PointsBet as a sports betting company.

Though riverboat is moored on the Potomac off Colonial Beach, Virginia, the Potomac River is technically in Maryland – meaning sporting bettors will cross the state line when they enter the facility. The eight retail locations that received the green light so far were among 17 candidates that received conditional approval from the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission in August.

These 17 candidates include proposed sports betting at the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles stadiums, the Washington Football Team stadium and the Pimlico Race Track. The Washington Football Team received a betting license from Virginia in early 2021 and, together with FanDuel, launched a sports betting app for betting in the Commonwealth. In September, the Ravens worked with Caesars to develop a mobile app that could allow betting from the M&T Bank Stadium.

Wait for Maryland mobile betting to resume

However, when mobile sports betting could hit Maryland remains unclear. John Martin, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, told Washington radio station WTOP-FM on Dec. 29 that he hoped mobile games would start in Bay State by the start of the 2022 NFL season.

“No regulations have been written yet. Application processes have not yet been identified. Then applications have to be received, then checked, then we go through our normal review and qualification process. So yes, it will take several months, ”he told reporter John Domen.

Maryland faces intense competition with its multi-stage approval process from Virginia, where mobile betting is the only legal form of sports betting. In states that offer both retail and mobile betting, 90 percent of bets are typically placed on the cell phone. New York sports betting is expected to be the next big market to go online in the United States. The rollout is slated to take place before the Super Bowl next month.

In the meantime, sports betting in Louisiana is likely to go live this month, with a number of operators in the state such as DraftKings Louisiana currently offering pre-registration offers to encourage bettors to pre-register for early bird bonuses.

Sports betting was legalized in Maryland in May after it was approved by voters in a referendum. But the wait for mobile games continues. “It’s a gradual process here in Maryland,” Hogan told WTOP. “It started with slot machines, then switched to table games, now it’s sports betting in institutions and the next step will be mobile betting too.”

About the author

David Caraviello for Bookies.com

Veteran sports journalist David Caraviello has covered college football, college basketball, motorsport, and golf, covering all three US golf majors, the Daytona 500 and SEC football.

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