Sports Betting Likely Coming Soon to South Baltimore

| June 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

In November 2020, Maryland residents voted in favor of Question 2 to allow sports betting in the state. Bill HB 940 made its way through the Maryland legislature and got Governor Larry Hogan’s signature on May 18th. This bill allows in-person sports wagering at Maryland’s six casinos, including Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, and at its three professional sports stadiums, which are Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, as well as FedEx Field in Prince George’s County.

In-person sports betting will also be allowed at horse racing tracks, the Maryland State Fairgrounds, and a riverboat casino on the Potomac River. An additional 30 retail betting licenses are open to applicants, and 60 licenses will be granted for online sports books.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and the stadiums in South Baltimore have not yet announced any plans for sports betting at the facilities. Each will have to pay $2 million for a sports wagering facility license. These licenses will be available to smaller facilities for $250,000 to $1 million depending on their classification in the new state law.

State officials have set a target date of September 1st for launching sports betting in Maryland.

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