Maryland Sports Betting License for DraftKings at State Fairgrounds on Lottery Agenda

Maryland Sports Betting License for DraftKings at State Fairgrounds on Lottery Agenda
By Bill Ordine
Fact Checked by BetMaryland.com Staff

DraftKings is on the agenda of the state Lottery and Gaming Control Commission’s monthly meeting Thursday for a vote on its qualifications for a Maryland sports betting facility operator’s license. 

It is also expected that DraftKings will be the sportsbook operator for the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. 

The Fairgrounds, which already has an OTB and has run live racing during the state fair, hasn’t formally applied for a sports wagering facility license yet, but it is one of the 17 designated entities for a sports wagering facility license in the original sports wagering law.

DraftKings announced this week that it was opening the Sports & Social DraftKings venue at Somerset Collection, an upscale shopping mall in metro Detroit. The announcement said it was the first of this type of sports betting venue in the country.

Interestingly, the collaboration is with Live! Hospitality and Entertainment, which also has the Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. It has a FanDuel retail sportsbook.

While Maryland has launched retail sports betting, the state would like to be live with online sports betting before the Super Bowl on Feb. 12, 2023.

Maryland retail sports betting had a handle of $15.5 million in July.

DraftKings and Ravens Have Partnership

Previously, DraftKings Sportsbook Maryland extended its NFL betting reach when it announced a partnership last August with the Baltimore Ravens.

At the time, the Ravens and DraftKings said that the new designated the online gambling company at the football team’s Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner and an Official Sports Betting and Free-to-Play Partner of the team. 

That was DraftKings’ first partner in Maryland, but it was the company’s “fifth active strategic agreement with an NFL team, further advancing DraftKings' relationship with the league as an Official Sports Betting Partner and the Exclusive Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the NFL,” according to the news release announcing that partnership.

The Ravens are expected to a Super Bowl contender this season. The team also has a casino partnership with Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and the Caesars Maryland brand. 

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A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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