Two More Sportsbooks Approved by Maryland Lottery as Five Get Ready to Launch

Two More Sportsbooks Approved by Maryland Lottery as Five Get Ready to Launch
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More sports betting licenses were granted by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) on Thursday.

Both the Riverboat on the Potomac and Long Shot’s met the requirements to receive sports betting licenses, the MLGCC announced. Their applications will be forwarded to the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC), which is tasked with awarding licenses.

“We’re extremely happy to see these two locally owned businesses move forward, and we’re eager to continue working with them in the coming weeks to launch their sports wagering operations,” Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin said in a media release.

Riverboat on the Potomac and Long Shot’s are two venues among the 17 entities that were designated in the sports betting law to conduct sports wagering operations. Riverboat is in Colonial Beach, Va., but its sports betting area will be in Maryland on the banks of the Potomac River. Long Shot’s is located in Frederick.

Both Riverboat and Long Shot’s are small businesses with minority owners and support the legislative intent of the Maryland sports betting law to create an inclusive and diverse market.

Five Facilities Close to Launching

Previously Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill and Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin received licenses from the SWARC on Nov. 18. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff is working with each facility to schedule their dates for controlled demonstrations.

In one of the final steps before launching sports betting, all facilities are required to complete two days of controlled demonstrations. During this time, guests invited by the facilities will take part in live betting under the observation of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff.

“Controlled demonstrations are an important final step before sports wagering opens to the public,” Martin said. “They serve as a dress rehearsal for the facilities and their staffs, and they allow Maryland Lottery and Gaming to assure the public that these operations are ready to go.”

December Launch Possible in Maryland

With each controlled demonstration, Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff will conduct on-site monitoring to make sure all systems perform as required and to verify the operational and revenue reporting controls are effective.

“Everything is on pace for the first public openings to happen in December,” Martin said. “The facilities and the public are eager to get started, and so are we.”