State gaming regulators said this past week that they plan to roll out mobile sports wagering on Wednesday, November 23 but that not all of the new licensees will be ready.
A state commission approved 10 licensees this past Wednesday, leaving open the door for gamblers to place the first online bets before the end of the month. But, only 7 of those license holders will be ready to launch mobile betting, by the target day of the day before Thanksgiving, or Wednesday, November 23.
The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission Wednesday awarded an initial batch of mobile licenses to 10 applicants.
Included in the initial wave of approvals Wednesday are four casinos: Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore; Hollywood Casino in Perryville; Maryland Live in Hanover; and MGM in National Harbor.
Three off-track-betting venues — Greenmount Station in Hampstead; Long Shots in Frederick; and the Riverboat on the Potomac in southern Maryland — were qualified for mobile licenses.
Two other venues — Brooklyn Park-based Bingo World (part of Arundel Amusements) and the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium — were also qualified for licenses.
The commission also awarded a license to a company owned by Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder. That license and another for a physical sports book are tied to FedEx Field, home of the NFL franchise.
In all Maryland had 60 mobile wagering licenses available, but only 21 applications were filed for them.