Mobile sports betting won’t come to Maryland until 2023; Orioles Partners with SuperBook Sports to Add Betting Lounge – Baltimore Sun

Marylanders could start placing mobile sports betting in 2023, and they could even do so next season from a sports lounge in Oriole Park on Camden Yards.

The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission met Wednesday and Jim Nielsen, its deputy director and chief operating officer of the State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency’s gaming and regulatory oversight division, said that while it’s difficult to give a specific timeline, he’s hopeful that mobile betting will come to Maryland early next year.

“It is possible that Marylanders can bet on the Super Bowl on a mobile platform,” he said of the NFL championship game in February. “That’s certainly, I think, everyone’s hope.”

Maryland voters first approved legalized sports betting with a vote in 2020, and Republican administration Larry Hogan signed into law in 2021. Since then, casinos have opened sportsbooks, but mobile betting hasn’t launched yet. Hogan had urged game regulators to get mobile betting underway in time for the start of the NFL season this fall.

“Sports fans in Maryland just want to be able to place bets on their mobile devices — that’s what they voted for, and they’re angry and discouraged at SWARC’s inability to pull it off,” Hogan wrote in a letter to SWARC in June. .

Robert Linnehan, a sports betting regulatory reporter for XL Media and Saturday Tradition, said Maryland has the longest gap of the states with legalized mobile sports betting between when a law went into effect and the first mobile bet was placed. Most states have a gap of about eight to 12 months, Linnehan said, but Maryland’s could be approaching two years.

“It’s been a very complicated legislative process, trying to ensure that every gender, every ethnicity has an equal opportunity to be a part of this online sports betting market,” he said. “Most states don’t put that much effort into ensuring fairness, and whether people like it or not, that’s really been the cause of all this delay.”

The committee also approved a sports betting license on Wednesday for Maryland Stadium Sub, which plans to operate a sportsbook at FedEx Field in Prince George’s County, home of the NFL’s Washington Commanders. The company is owned by Dan Snyder, the commanders’ majority shareholder.

In similar but clear news, the Orioles announced Wednesday that in 2023 the team would partner with SuperBook Sports, which has been operating in Nevada since 1986, in a “retail sports lounge.” In a press release, the team called the addition a “sports book,” but spokeswoman Katie Krause later said in an email that she wanted to clarify the description.

“This will be a themed sports lounge,” she wrote, “but it is not a place where sports betting will take place. After state approval, betting will only take place in a mobile format.

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The sports lounge remains “subject to licensing and approvals from the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Commission,” the club’s statement said.

The team’s release described it as a “long-term partnership” between the Orioles and SuperBook Sports, but the terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Orioles’ lease with the landlord, the Maryland Stadium Authority, expires at the end of next year.

At Camden Yards, SuperBook ads will be “all over the stadium, including on the midfield scoreboard and home plate signs,” the team said. When asked for details about the midfield advertising and where in the stadium the lounge would be located, as well as when exactly it will open, Krause wrote that details would be announced “at a later date.”

The Ravens have previously announced partnerships with BetMGM, DraftKings and Caesars. The NFL team declined Wednesday to provide insight into future plans.

“We are aware of the progress of the Orioles and are evaluating our options for the future,” the Ravens said in a statement.

SuperBook Sports is home to what it calls “the largest sports book in the world,” the SuperBook Westgate Las Vegas, as well as a Colorado mobile app and operations in Arizona, New Jersey, and Tennessee. The company plans expansions to Iowa, Ohio and Indiana.

“SuperBook Sports has become the go-to source for leading sports media, other bookmakers, and a favorite place to bet for both novice and experienced bettors,” the Orioles’ description reads.

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