By Harvey Hoffman
The bill that passed the Maryland House of Delegates 130-9 yesterday would allow 22 in-person sportsbook locations, including the stadiums where Maryland’s three major professional sports teams play, and horse racing tracks.
Ten more licenses for in-person venues would be open to applicants, and 15 licenses would be allowed for online and mobile wagering.
The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would allow 22 locations where people could place bets in person. In addition to casinos, the three stadiums that are home to the Baltimore Ravens, the Washington Football Team and the Baltimore Orioles baseball team could have sports betting sites. Horse racing tracks at Pimlico in Baltimore and Laurel Park, as well as the state fairgrounds in Timonium would be able to have licenses too. Another license would be allowed at a “riverboat” off-track betting facility on the Potomac River in Charles County.
The bill, which would take effect June 1, would allow 10 more licenses for in-person locations that would be open to applicants. Moreover, fifteen licenses would be allowed for online and mobile wagering, where most of the wagering is expected to happen. Businesses could apply for licenses for both on-line sites and mobile ones online.
Wagers on professional and college sports would be allowed, as well as international sporting events such as the Olympics, and fantasy sports wagering also would be allowed.