Maryland is about a month away from legal mobile sports betting. As launch approaches, I’ve been getting more and more questions from Marylanders asking what the rollout will look like.
Want to get a better idea of what Maryland sports bettors will look like over the next 4-6 weeks? Here are the most frequently asked questions about starting a state and answers to the most frequently asked questions.
When will mobile betting start?
Perhaps the most common question asked by Marylanders is about the release date of mobile sports betting. Seth Elkin, the lottery’s assistant director of communications for public affairs, said Sports handle email email that the lottery can’t “circle the date on the calendar,” but it seems like an early December start is more likely than late November.
Sports Betting Application Review Commission on November 21. will review applications for mobile sports betting licenses at the meeting. SWARC is expected to issue licenses at this meeting. After that, the lottery will carry out technical checks during controlled demonstrations. Once the sportsbook has completed that stage of the lottery, it will be given the go-ahead.
“We will aim to complete controlled demonstrations as soon as possible after SWARC awards,” Elkin said.
Updated Maryland Mobile Sports Betting Launch Timeline:
Today, the Lottery has recognized 10 mobile license applicants as eligible
November 21 – SWARC meeting will grant licenses to mobile applicants
Late November/early December – After final lottery checks, mobile sports betting can be launched
— Bennett Conlin (@BennettConlin) in 2022 October 27
Why can’t the mobile start now?
Last week, the lottery found 10 mobile phone license applicants qualified, so why can’t state regulators now allow mobile sports betting?
Some Marylanders are understandably frustrated by the long, long wait for mobile sports betting. After all, Maryland voters in 2020 In November, a referendum approved sports betting. It will be more than two years before Maryland’s sports betting platforms are up and running.
Frustration should not necessarily be directed at the several weeks that SWARC and its law firm (Taft) have to review materials from qualified applicants.
They need another 3 weeks to meet?
— Justin Cosgrove (@JustinCos419) in 2022 October 27
“The period between [last week’s] The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission meeting and SWARC’s November meeting will give SWARC the time it needs to review the applications it receives,” said George Butler, who works with the state’s Department of Legislative Services. Sports handle email by post
What does application review mean?
“To fulfill the intent of the Act, SWARC examines the ownership structures of entities seeking sports betting licenses and assesses their business plans,” Butler said. “SWARC also evaluates each program to determine whether [awarding] a sports betting license for the applicant is in the “public interest” as required by law.
While mobile betting licenses are likely to be issued to established operators currently operating retail sports betting in the state, SWARC cannot shirk its responsibility to thoroughly vet each applicant.
Why did it take so long to launch?
Disturbed Marylanders should direct any frustration with progress at their legislators, not at SWARC. Maryland’s sports betting legislation essentially created SWARC to allow the entity to specifically address diversity and inclusion in the state’s sports betting market.
Therefore, SWARC was required by law to conduct a disparity study to determine whether it could legally implement race- or gender-based measures when screening sports betting applicants. The process of assigning and completing a disparities study was not done effectively, and ultimately resulted in SWARC being unable to legitimately implement race- or gender-conscious measures.
However, SWARC has added another provision to bring many business ventures into the industry.
“SWARC has established a provision that requires any entity holding a license to have at least 5% direct or indirect ownership by individuals with a personal net worth of less than $1.847 million,” Butler shared. “Each applicant meeting this requirement is just one of the areas that SWARC is currently evaluating.”
Ultimately, not much has been done to ensure diversity in the state’s sports betting market. That’s not to say that Maryland doesn’t have a variety of sports betting businesses — Long Shot’s and Riverboat on Potomac are good examples — but Maryland’s legislation essentially forced SWARC to move at a glacial pace in hopes of creating a diverse betting industry.
Time will tell if Maryland creates a sports betting market that is more inclusive than others around the country. There is a good chance that state sports betting legislation has delayed the influx of tax revenue without dramatically increasing the diversity of the industry.
What mobile sportsbooks are coming to MD?
When mobile sports betting finally arrives in Maryland, customers will have access to several major carriers. Here is a list of the 10 mobile operators currently receiving licenses:
Some of these entities may take longer to launch than others, but DraftKings and FanDuel are among the operators that have announced an upcoming launch for Maryland. This indicates that they will be among the first to take up residence in the state.
Is there retail betting in Maryland?
Yes, there are eight retail sportsbooks currently operating in Maryland. in 2021 December. Legal retail sports betting has begun in Maryland.
Eight sports betting is at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Live! Casino in Hanover, Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin, Bingo World in Brooklyn Park, Riverboat on the Potomac in Charles County and Greenmount Station in Hampstead. Greenmount Station’s retail sportsbook launched late last week.