Two more mobile Maryland sportsbooks were awarded licenses today as well as another sports wagering facility applicant by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC).
The SWARC awarded licenses to Bally’s Interactive Maryland, LLC and to WSI US, LLC (WynnBET) for mobile sports betting and to Long Shot’s Hagerstown, LLC, for a Class B sports facility license.
In all cases, the applicants – when they’re ready -- return to the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency for final phase approvals, which include a controlled demonstration of operations and procedures.
Seven Mobile Operators Up Already
Currently, there are seven mobile sports wagering operators in the state:
- Live! Casino Mobile (with FanDuel Maryland)
- DraftKings/Crown MD
- Hollywood Casino Mobile
- Caesars Maryland
- Riverboat on the Potomac Mobile
- BingoWorld/Arundel Amusements.
There are also nine retail sportsbooks. Online sports betting began Nov. 23 and retail has been going since December 2021.
Regarding Maryland sports betting, three other applicants have been awarded licenses but have not yet completed their final phase approvals. Those are BetFred, PARX Interactive and Maryland Stadium Sub.
Overall, the SWARC received 21 applications for Maryland mobile sports betting licenses. That means that nine more online operator applicants still could be considered.
In addition, six applications were received for Class B sports wagering facility licenses, which means that following the awarding of the license for Long Shot’s Hagerstown, five more applicants for those licenses could be considered.
Closer Look at Long Shot’s
In the case of Long Shot’s Hagerstown, which is affiliated with a recently opened Long Shot’s retail sportsbook in Frederick, several pieces still must fall into place, according to consultants to the SWARC. A zoning amendment still has to be approved for the facility; an agreement with a sportsbook operator has to be reached (BetFred is the operator in Frederick), and the current physical location needs to be converted from the restaurant that’s now there to one that is compatible with the sportsbook.
The Hagerstown Long Shot’s would be located near Valley Mall off Interstate 81.
The Long Shot’s in Frederick and the planned one in Hagerstown are owned by Alyse Cohen. A goal of Maryland’s sports wagering law was to encourage minority- and women-owned entities to participate in the sports betting industry.
Another retail sportsbook, the Riverboat on the Potomac in Charles County, is minority-owned.
Now that mobile is off and running in the state, stay tuned to BetMaryland.com for all the news and analysis, as well as for the best Maryland sports betting promo codes.