Maryland’s most affluent county, Montgomery County, might be getting its own retail sportsbook.
The Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Commission found three sports betting-related businesses “qualified” for Maryland sportsbooks licenses at Thursday’s meeting.
Of the three entities, two still have to be “awarded” licenses by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission. The third entity is not required to be reviewed by SWARC.
Montgomery County’s Maryland Sportsbook
One of the businesses that was found qualified and needs SWARC approval is Whitman Gaming Inc. Whitman Gaming plans a sportsbook in Montgomery County’s North Bethesda within the Sports & Social sports bar.
According to the Maryland government website, Montgomery County’s personal income per capita was $89,522 as of 2020. That was tops among the state’s 24 jurisdictions (23 counties plus Baltimore City). According to World Population Review, it is also Maryland’s most populous county with just over 1 million residents.
Whitman was found qualified for a Retail Sports Wagering Facility License.
Whitman Gaming and PPE Casino Resorts LLC (corporately connected to the Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover) anticipate entering into an agreement which will have Betfair Interactive US, LLC — doing business as FanDuel Maryland Sportsbook — serve as the sports wagering operator for the North Bethesda facility. FanDuel already is partnered with Live! Casino for its casino sportsbook and an online sportsbook, and the casino has its own Sports & Social.
About Veterans Service Corporation
Also found to be qualified for licensing, but also needing SWARC approval, was Veterans Services Corporation. Veterans Services is an applicant for a mobile license. That business has entered into an operator service agreement with Bee-Fee Limited, which will provide its online sports wagering platform.
Veterans Services has been granted a gaming license by the District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Gaming. It is also connected via a subcontract agreement to Intralot “to provide certain services to the District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Gaming,” according to Maryland Lottery & Gaming.
Bee-Fee is a remote gaming software company based in London and licensed in several countries. It has filed a license application for a Maryland sportsbook app with the Lottery & Gaming Control Commission.
One More Maryland Online Betting Option
The third entity found to be qualified this week by Lottery & Gaming is iGamingCloud, Inc., an online sports wagering operator. The company has entered into a service agreement to provide its online wagering platform called Sportnco to Crab Sports Maryland, LLC. Crab Sports is a Maryland sportsbook apps start-up that was awarded a mobile license by SWARC in February.
“Businesses found qualified as online and facility sports wagering operators do not go before SWARC for license awards, and are eligible to partner with entities that hold mobile or facility licenses awarded by SWARC,” according to the state Lottery & Gaming Control Commission.
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