By Skip Charles
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency Director John Martin said this week that there should be multiple online Maryland sportsbooks operational for Super Bowl betting, if not before.
Last week, the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission released applications for operators looking to secure one of 60 online or 30 retail licenses up for competitive bid.
“I’m optimistic today that we can get someone up and running before the end of the calendar year, if not more,” Martin told Legal Sports Report.
“There will be some carryover, sure, that’s what we’ve seen with brick and mortar. Some take longer than others but that’s not because we’re not working on it.
“I think we’ll get some up and running, then more before the Super Bowl, then more before March Madness.”
Maryland retail sports betting launched in December 2021.
Online licenses will not be tied to existing partnerships with entities named in MD sports betting legislation, Martin said.
“These relationships don’t necessarily carry over,” he said. “You’re not tethered to the partners, but some are doing that initially. You shouldn’t just assume because two partners are partnered in retail that they are in mobile.”
Major online brands with a retail presence in Maryland are:
Barstool – Hollywood Casino
BetMGM – MGM National Harbor
BetRivers – Bingo World
Caesars – Horseshoe CasinoFanDuel – Live! Casino
- PointsBet –Riverboat on the Potomac