The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission approved alternative licensing standards for three casinos in Wednesday’s meeting. The move expedites the process of reviewing these applicants’ qualifications, as they hold current gambling licenses from a different jurisdiction that were already recognized by this organization when applying to be considered for expansion into sports betting rights here at home state-wide!
The future of Maryland sports betting is coming into focus, and it’s about time. Now that the three casinos have submitted their application for a license to run internet gambling at state-run brick-and Research malls throughout Baltimore City along with four other counties in Eastern Shore region, all eyes are on SWARC which will award licenses based off internal controls as well operational requirements before they’re finalized by Lottery Control Agency staff.
Wednesday’s meeting started with MLGCA staff requesting the authority to apply alternative licensing standards to qualified applicants. They are seeking permission from the commission so they can create a more lenient standard for individuals holding either gaming or wagering licenses in states where it is considered compliant with Maryland law, including but not limited at least 16 other US jurisdictions determined by them as having similar requirements on sporting events authorized bets across state lines.
Three casinos received the nod on Thursday, with MGM National Harbor and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore moving forward in their licensing process. The three competitors also submitted an “affidavit attesting to minority and women-owned interests.”
Three major sportsbook operators have partnered to open retail casinos. MGM National Harbor, near Washington D.C., will have a BetMGM SportsBook and Live! Casino & Hotel has established FanDuel as its partner for the project in between D.C.-Baltimore with their new concept called “Sports And Social.” Horseshoe Baltimore is run by Caesars Entertainment which means they’re poised launch an upcoming Caesars Bookmaking facility upon approval from state gaming commission.
The MLGCA wrapped up a public comment period on its sports betting regulations in September. The Maryland Register can publish the final version of these rules as soon as October 22nd, according to James Butler from the organization’s Office Of Organizational Compliance (SWARC). Along with significant concerns about official league data requirements and an equal starting line for mobile device gambling sales throughout state lines (MD only allows it at casinos), some stakeholders also asked that SWARC meet again next week– Oct 14th- before representatives meeting later this month @TheMarylandCrimeComplex Commission On Gaming Policy Committee Chairwomen Gal impossibility game 19.
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