By Lew Gould
The Maryland sports betting market will add two more online sportsbooks after regulators approved several licenses last week.
The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission unanimously approved MD sports betting licenses for SuperBook Sports, a household name in Las Vegas, and Crab Sports, a Maryland-based startup.
Marylanders voted to legalize sports betting in 2020. Legal betting at in-person locations began in late 2021. Online betting launched in November 2022. The law allows up to 47 in-person sportsbooks and up to 60 online sportsbooks, with three additional licenses for major professional sports teams that relocate to the state.
SuperBook and Crab Sports may launch once they pass controlled demonstrations, which test their ability to handle mobile transactions. Plans for those have not been disclosed yet.
If those tests go smoothly Maryland should have 10 sports betting apps by March Madness.
Maryland will be SuperBook’s eighth state and Crab Sports’ first. SuperBook takes legal bets in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio and Tennessee, according to its website.
SuperBook became eligible for a Maryland betting license after partnering with the Baltimore Orioles, who plan to open a betting lounge at Camden Yards later this year. Crab Sports is eligible as a local business, which are key components of the Maryland sports betting law.