Maryland sports betting seems to be getting a new place where fans can place sports wagers almost weekly. The latest addition to the retail sports gambling landscape is the Greene Turtle in Towson. Plus, the Timonium Fairgrounds, which is just a short drive away from Towson, is on the approval path to getting its own retail sportsbook.
The Greene Turtle in Towson, a sports bar and restaurant, is the second location of the Greene Turtle brand to open a sportsbook. The first one is in the Canton section of Baltimore City. The Greene Turtle in Towson in Baltimore County is north of the city-county line by 15 to 20 minutes.
The Towson Greene Turtle license was issued by the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Commission to Canton Gaming, LLC, and its operator partner, Parx Interactive Maryland, Inc. On Sept. 25 and Sept. 27, the Towson Greene Turtle successfully completed its controlled demonstrations as customers participated in live wagering under the observation of Lottery & Gaming staff. The controlled demonstrations are to ensure that the sportsbook complies with regulations and that operations work appropriately.
Maryland Retail Outlets at 13, Mobile at 12
The Greene Turtle in Towson is the 13th retail sportsbook to open in Maryland.
Also last week, MSF Sports, which is a subsidiary of the Maryland State Fair and Agriculture Society, was found “qualified” for a retail sportsbook by the Lottery & Gaming Control Commission for a Class B-1 retail sports license. MSF Sports is partnered with DraftKings Maryland.
MSF Sports would be the license holder and, as such, it still must be “awarded” a license by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC). DraftKings, the operator, is not required to go before the SWARC. It’s worth noting that Crown Maryland Gaming LLC (doing business as DraftKings) was found qualified for a sports wagering facility operator license on Aug. 25, 2022.
Lottery & Gaming does not have a timeline for the opening of the sportsbook at the Timonium Fairgrounds, but MSF Sports likely will go before SWARC for its license award consideration at the SWARC's next meeting on Oct. 18.
In addition to the 13 retail sportsbooks that have opened, there are 12 mobile Maryland betting apps. Lottery & Gaming anticipates that additional retail sportsbooks and more online sportsbooks will launch in the near future as Maryland evolves into one of the liveliest sports wagering markets in the country.For the fiscal Year that spanned July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023, sports wagering taxes contributed about $25.26 million to public education programs in the state. Plus, almost $2.1 million in expired sports wagering prizes went to the Maryland Problem Gambling Fund.
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