Two more Maryland casinos approved to host sportsbooks

Two more Maryland casinos approved to host sportsbooks

Maryland continues to approve casinos for sports betting, but isn’t issuing licenses

Two Maryland casinos, Hollywood Casino in Perryville and Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin, have received the go-ahead from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission to conduct sports betting within their establishments. The news can be considered a positive expansion in the state’s market, which many bettors can take advantage of by having more options on the table to place their respective bets. However, that won’t happen until the licenses are finally issued.

The casinos now level their competition with MGM National Harbor, Live! Casino & Hotel and Baltimore’s Horseshoe casino, whose approval was given earlier this month by the Lottery and Gaming. Now, the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) will have the final say. A meeting was scheduled last week to approve the applications, but for various reasons, it had to be postponed. The postponement comes just days after Governor Larry Hogan urged SWARC to move the process forward as far in advance as possible.

Late last week, shortly after the Lottery and Gaming announcement, Hogan shared a message, stating, “No one is pushing harder than I am to get sports betting up and running here in the State of Maryland. Our administration has now cleared five licenses for sports betting, implementing the referendum approved by voters and the law passed by the General Assembly.”

Hogan made it clear that he is going to great lengths to get the legislature’s SWARC to move quickly and approve the licenses, as residents of the Old Line State are looking forward to the opportunity to bet on the NFL and March Madness. State voters gave the green light to a ballot initiative to legalize sports betting in 2020. Months later, Governor Hogan signed the legislation into law without a second thought.

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