The launch of legal Maryland sports betting has been delayed once again.
After it was believed that officials would approve the sports betting licenses of three casinos who have sufficiently complied with the requirements laid out by the governing bodies, the event at which those licenses were to be given a go signal did not push through on Wednesday.
SWARC Meeting Canceled
Three Maryland casinos – Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Live!Casino and Hotel in Hanover and the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill have already met the qualifications for a sports wagering license in the state. However, the Wednesday meeting by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission, where the three licenses were supposed to be approved, was cancelled and the SWARC has not announced a new meeting date.
Last August, the SWARC voted unanimously that the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission’s qualification standards were enough to award sports betting licenses to the 17 entities designated in the Maryland sports betting bill. The three aforementioned casinos were the first to comply with the requirements.
Maryland Sports Betting Bill Signed to a Law Last May
It has been five months since Gov. Larry Hogan signed the Maryland Sports Betting bill into a law. And it is obvious that the Governor is upset with the delay. In a Tweet, Hogan urged Maryland residents to pressure the SWARC and allow football betting season to commence as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission director John Martin recently told the Saturday Tradition that he hopes that the state can begin in-person sports betting by “ late fall”. However, he added that all casinos must first be licensed before opening their sportsbooks to the public. Obviously, that timetable is slowly ticking away.