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BetMGM to Launch in Maryland on Thursday

BetMGM to Launch in Maryland on Thursday

Retail sports betting will finally be launching in Maryland. MGM National Harbor with BetMGM will be hosting the first sports wager in Maryland. Pending regulatory approval, BetMGM sportsbook will be accepting the first legal bets at 12:30 on Thursday.

BetMGM will launch retail sports betting on Thursday 

Mobile sports betting will not be taking place in Maryland any time soon; however, this is a step in the right direction. According to a Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency spokesperson, MGM National Harbor, BetMGM sportsbook would be able to launch on Thursday through control demonstrations.

BetMGM Maryland will be the first sportsbook to open its doors, and four other sportsbook companies received approved licenses. This is considered a very early launch as initially launching the sports betting industry in Maryland wasn’t even considered to be on the radar until January 2022. 

It is similar to a soft launch as there will be a limit on the number of wagers. In addition to that, a limited number of guests were invited on Monday and Wednesday. Gov. Larry Hogan former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann will be in attendance for the opening ceremony. They will both place the first legal sports wager at the BetMGM Sportsbook and Lounge inside MGM National Harbor.

The set up in the BetMGM Sportsbook location will feature a 360-degree jumbotron that will be set over the bar. The lounge will have a lot of convenient aspects for its potential customers as it will also feature a 110-foot wraparound screen with stadium seating and the opportunity to order food and drinks through a mobile device.

Gov. Larry Hogan supported the bill that brought sports betting to the state. Many residents were also very supportive of the idea of allowing people to place bets on numerous sports the industry has to offer.

Bettors can use 17 different kiosks or the seven betting windows to place a wager throughout their stay.  BetMGM will not be the only casino launching this week as other sportsbooks will join the market on Friday.

The other sportsbook that will be entering the Maryland sports betting market 

FanDuel Sportsbook at Sports & Social Maryland in the Live! Casino & Hotel will be accepting bets at 9:30 am. Former Baltimore Ravens star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed as FanDuel will be hosting a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to commence its opening.

Ed Reed will also have the honors to place the first sports wager at the casino at the location. The structure of the lounge will be 14,000 square feet and will have a 100-foot-wide media screen. There will also be five betting windows and one VIP betting window with employees there to help the customers place a wager. The casino will also contain 26 self-service kiosks.

The Baltimore Horseshoe Casino that has Caesars Sportsbook will also have Gov. Hogan, Mayor Brandon Scott, former Baltimore Ravens Adalius Thomas, and Torrey Smith, and former NBA player Muggsy Bogues in attendance who is a Baltimore Native at the opening ceremony. Hollywood Casino in Perryville and Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin are the other casinos launching this week.

Maryland online sportsbooks are not set to launch their products and services until sometime next year. Online sportsbooks in West Virginia have made up 65 percent of its revenue for the year according to the West Virginia Lottery.

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