Five Md. casinos prepare to launch sports wagering

Ocean Downs Casino

BALTIMORE, Md. – Maryland Lottery and Gaming is moving into the final phase of efforts to launch sports wagering after the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission awarded licenses to five casinos on Thursday.

Included in this group is Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin, which was found to be qualified by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) last month. These license awards will allow the MLGCC to issue licenses so that sports wagering can launch after each facility completes procedural requirements, including a controlled demonstration of its sports wagering operation.

We’re told that on Thursday, after the licenses were awarded, the MLGCC voted unanimously to delegate to Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff the authority to issue sports wagering licenses to facilities once all required steps have been taken. They say this move will speed up the sports wagering rollout because it will not be necessary for the MLGCC to meet and vote to issue licenses after each facility has successfully completed its controlled demonstration.

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