MD Board Approves Rolling Approval Process for Sports Betting Licenses

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MD Board Approves Rolling Approval Process for Sports Betting Licenses

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State gaming authorities want to encourage mobile sports betting in Maryland with a phased approval process.

A sports betting application review board on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal that opens the door to sequential approval of applications for retail and coveted mobile licenses. The decision opened the door to mobile sports betting in Maryland by the end of the year.

“For this committee, as long as we’re really working on the application, the tires are about to hit the road,” said Thomas Brandt, chairman of the committee.

There are 30 licenses available in physical locations and potentially 60 mobile licenses.

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These licenses are in addition to the 17 so-called anointed licensees specifically identified in state law. These include his six casinos in the state, Pimlico and Laurel racecourses, Timonium’s Maryland State Fairgrounds, three professional sports stadiums, several off-track betting parlors and bingo halls.

State law called for a competitive process for awarding retail and mobile licenses not yet allocated.

“If SWARC does not receive more applications than the number of licenses allowed, i.e. 30 facilities and 60 mobiles, it may be desirable and arguably beneficial for SWARC to license applicants sequentially. There is a Regulatory Division of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Authority.

Applicants must undergo a number of reviews and approvals from both state lottery and gambling authorities, in addition to commissions. That process will be streamlined for some applicants who already hold a license for the game in Maryland or one of its equivalent states.

“We expect many potential applicants who are already licensed by lotteries, games, or other entities to be subject to an alternative licensing process,” Nielsen said. “At this time, lotteries and games do not plan to conduct a full investigation into these people or entities. This is just the way casinos were treated about a year ago. You can go to

Application deadline for both types of licenses is October 21st at 5pm

It’s not immediately clear how many, if any, applications have already been submitted through the state’s online portal. According to John Mooney, managing director of regulatory oversight for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Administration, the state’s gaming authority did not identify applicants or the number of applicants prior to receiving approval.

Early applicants are expected to be small.

“Obviously we could get it sooner, but if history were to repeat itself, I think we’d get a sizeable amount at 5 p.m. Attorney at Law and Commission Consultant.

Taft provides application review and analysis, including side-by-side comparisons of each applicant.

Brandt, chair of the application review panel, promised the review process “won’t create bottlenecks” as gaming authorities “seek to allow some (mobile) sports betting in Maryland.” it was done.

The commission on Thursday approved a plan that would allow the commission to grant licenses on a rolling basis if there are fewer applicants than licenses are available.

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Expectations are high for the launch of mobile games.

“We all know the public wants sports betting, and every day we get comments asking why we haven’t launched yet,” said Nielsen. “SWARC can make mobile sports betting available a little sooner by granting licenses on a rolling basis. A license may be awarded to a person who submits a valid application.”

And while sports betting has been available in casinos and elsewhere for about a year, mobile betting has been delayed as the commission works to draft a plan to ensure racial and gender equity in ownership. I’m here.

In June, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan called on the commission to introduce mobile betting by the start of the NFL season. I missed that deadline.

Hogan spokesman Michael Rich said, “Until a month ago, we were talking about it not happening until the Super Bowl, but now we’re talking about November.” “There is finally an emergency.

Maryland is one of several states to launch sports betting in 2021. Many of these states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming, offer versions of mobile betting. Mobile sports betting is also available in neighboring states such as West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

States with mobile betting generate millions of dollars in tax revenue each month.