Online Maryland Sports Betting Set to Launch After Nov. 21 SWARC Review
- SWARC will begin reviewing online Maryland sports betting operators on Nov. 21
- Operators with approved sports betting licenses will be sent to the MLGCA for approval of internal controls
- Maryland online sportsbooks are expected to begin launching in late Nov. or early Dec. once approved
After over a year of frustrating delays, online Maryland sports betting can start launching following a Nov. 21 SWARC meeting.
While an official launch date is yet to be determined, Maryland online sportsbooks will likely start rolling out in late Nov. or early Dec. following the initial SWARC review on the 21st. This is welcome news for Maryland sports bettors who have been anticipating the launch of sports betting apps over a year after retail sportsbooks set up operations.
Catch all the latest details on the upcoming launch of online Maryland sports betting.
Online Maryland Sports Betting Launch Sometime After Nov. 21
With SWARC (Sports Wagering Application Review Commission) starting their license review process on Nov. 21, Maryland online sports betting sites will likely go live in early Dec. at the latest.
Chairman of SWARC Tom Brandt commented that the commission will convene again on Nov. 21 and start deciding on approvals for qualified license applicants. Once SWARC approves a license, operators will be sent to the MLGCA for approval of their internal controls.
BREAKING: SWARC will begin reviewing qualified online sports betting operators at its Nov. 21 meeting. If awarded a license, the operators will need to have internal controls approved before launching Maryland online sports betting.
Launch likely in very late Nov/Early Dec.
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Licensed Maryland online sports betting operators must complete regulatory testing requirements and a successful controlled demonstration for Maryland Lottery and Gaming. This brings the timeline to late Nov. or early Dec. for online MD sports betting.
The official start date hasn’t been announced, and with a staggered approval process as opposed to a universal launch, the rollout of Maryland sports betting apps still comes with some uncertainty. Still, Maryland sports bettors can expect to start placing their first online wagers sometime after the Nov. 21 review.
SWARC Reviewing at Least Ten Online Sports Betting Applications
SWARC noted that it has received ten online sports betting applications so far, commenting “We expect a few more to come in, based on discussions…with representatives in the industry.”
The exact list of applicants hasn’t yet been revealed, however we do know that Caesars Sportsbook Maryland has already submitted an application, and other operators like DraftKings Sportsbook Maryland have started announcing that they’ll be online soon in the Old Line State.
Jim Nielsen of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said the commission will hold a hearing on 21 potential sports betting applications during a Oct. 27 meeting, noting ten applications will likely be from online operators, and ten more from new retail sportsbooks.
Maryland Online Sports Betting Is Coming Soon
Maryland online sports betting is just around the corner, with an official launch process narrowed down to a two-week window between Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, 2022.
Stay tuned to Sports Betting Dime for all the latest updates on online Maryland sports betting. It won’t be long before Maryland sports bettors are placing online wagers with some of the best sportsbook apps in the industry.