Maryland sportsbooks expanding, but growth still needed

maryland betting news october 2023

Updated October 3, 2023By Chris Boline
maryland betting news october 2023

For gaming fans in the Old Line State, another legal sports betting has opened in Maryland, with one more potentially to follow per a recent article. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission announced in late September it issued a retail sportsbook license to Canton Gaming LLC and its operator partner Parx Interactive Inc. This was for a brick-and-mortar wagering facility at the Greene Turtle restaurant in Towson. However, according to the same article and others, even with that opening and some other progress, Maryland still has “a ton” of sports-betting licenses available but unused. The state’s sports betting law allows for up to 47 brick-and-mortar sportsbooks and 60 mobile licenses but is not even halfway to using that capacity. 

For this article, SBS will be going over what to look for from the latest gaming news coming from Maryland and also some more notes about Old Line State wagering. 

New sportsbooks being built continue Maryland trend

According to the same report, both Canton Gaming and Parx (which is associated with betPARX) completed controlled demonstrations of their wagering capabilities earlier this week at the restaurant.  This allows customers to place bets and regulators to ensure proper procedures are followed. The Greene Turtle in Towson is now Maryland’s 13th retail sportsbook, including another Greene Turtle location in Canton. Other spots for in-person Maryland sports betting include the state’s casinos and FedEx Field in Landover. 

Those retail sportsbooks are in addition to 12 online sports betting sites operating in Maryland, including betPARX, BetMGM, and BetRivers, among others per the article. The two dozen retail and mobile sportsbooks handled $263.7 million in wagering during August, with online betting accounting for nearly 95% of the total. Even with mobile handling the bulk of sports betting in Maryland, the state is rolling out new retail locations, albeit there have been some hurdles over time. 

Maryland still dealing with sportsbooks ‘dead spots’

According to the same report, even with this late September opening, Maryland still has a significant amount of sports betting licenses that are not being used. As noted above, and in another report, Maryland is not even halfway to their license capacity. At least one Maryland lawmaker though has noticed the slack in the sportsbook supply line. Whether or not that translates into additional retail locations remains to be seen. Del. Jason Buckel has commented in the past that “there’s a lot of dead spots (in the state), I would say.” The delegate has noted in the past that there are few sportsbooks along the state’s Eastern Shore and only one in Montgomery County with 1.1 million people. 

Even more notes & information about Maryland betting

After you are all squared away regarding the latest gaming news coming from Maryland, make sure to also check out all the fantastic resources available to you at SBS. Of course, for even more information related to this topic, our Maryland sports betting rundown is a must-read page where you can learn more about the latest gaming news coming out of the Old Line State. Moreover, if you are someone who is always on the go, our best betting apps breakdown is a fantastic guide that goes over all the nuances of mobile betting and how you can stay on top of the action. Finally, if you are uncertain about which payment options are the best for you, then make sure to also look into our payment methods guide. On this page, you can find options for use from crypto routes to traditional banking methods. 

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Chris Boline

Chris Boline

As a devout aficionado of sports, Chris Boline has carved a career within the athletic realm. A skilled scribe, he boasts a decade-long portfolio that encompasses coverage of the NBA G League, the Los Angeles Chargers, football in the Mountain West Conference, and basketball.
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