New Applicants Will Get Hearing, Vote at Thursday Meeting

New Applicants Will Get Hearing, Vote at Thursday Meeting
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

A handful of new  Maryland sports betting  applicants will have their qualifications reviewed and they will get a vote at Thursday’s meeting of the Lottery & Gaming Control Commission.

Some new applicants are for both sports wagering facilities, meaning in-person sportsbooks, as well as for mobile wagering. Other applicants are seeking one type or the other.

Among the applicants will be a longstanding player in the sports wagering industry – the SuperBook, known for its extravagant destination sportsbook at the Westgate Casino in Las Vegas.

SuperBook has partnered with the Baltimore Orioles and presumably will be the operator of a sportsbook at or near Orioles Park at Camden Yards.

According to documents on the Lottery & Gaming Control Commission agenda: “SBOpco (the corporate entity associated with SuperBook) has been granted sports wagering and gaming related licenses in Colorado, New Jersey, and Arizona and has related licenses pending in Tennessee. The Applicant is registered to do business in Maryland and has partnered with the Baltimore Orioles to promote its sportsbook. SBOpco has submitted a Sports Wagering Facility Operator License Application, a Mobile Sports Wagering License Application, and an Online Sports Wagering Operator License Application to the Commission.”

As the Lottery & Gaming Control Commission indicates in its agenda materials, SBOpco is seeking to be a player in both the retail and the mobile sports gambling business in Maryland.

Other applicants that will be before the commission on Thursday for a vote on their qualifications are:

  • Canton Gaming (Canton) – Sports Wagering Facility License Applicant
  • Canton Gaming (Towson) – Sports Wagering Facility License Applicant
  • Crab Sports Maryland – Mobile Sports Wagering License Applicant
  • Kathe P. Hospitality Services, Inc. – Sports Wagering Facility License Applicant

Canton Gaming plans sportsbooks associated with a sports bar brand familiar to Marylanders, the Greene Turtle. 

Agenda materials indicate “both facilities will be located in Greene Turtle sports bars located at 3803 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD (the Canton section of the city) and 319 York Road, Towson (in Baltimore County).”

Several Other Items on Thursday Agenda

Also included in the application is an operator name already tied to a Maryland sportsbook, PARX Interactive Maryland, doing business as betPARX.  BetPARX Maryland is already partnered with Greenmount OTB for that facility’s sportsbook in Hampstead, Maryland.

The Kathe P. Hospitality Services application is attached to a business currently doing business as Michael’s on the South River in Anne Arundel County.  The company, apparently primarily women-owned, operates mainly as a full-service caterer for parties and wedding receptions, according to the commission’s agenda materials. The current building will be used for the sportsbook with the catering business moved to an adjacent building. So far, a sports wagering operator has not been identified.

Crab Sports, a new business, was formed for the purpose of conducting mobile and online sports wagering as a Maryland betting app. Crab Sports has entered into a service agreement with iGaming Cloud, Inc., trading as Gaming Innovation Group (“GiG”), to operate its mobile and online sports wagering platforms, according to agenda materials.

Assuming the state Lottery & Gaming Control Commission votes to find any of the applicants “qualified” for gaming licensing, that information will be forwarded to the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC), which will then vote on awarding licenses. 

Should SWARC award a license, the applicant then must successfully go through a final phase approval process with the Lottery & Gaming Control Agency, including controlled demonstrations of policies and procedures.

Online sports wagering has been in effect since Nov. 23 in Maryland. Follow coverage of sports betting in the state here at BetMaryland.com, your home for Maryland sports betting promos.

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