Dec. 16. 2021
Hampstead off-track-betting location heads to SWARC for license award
(Baltimore) — The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) today determined that Greenmount Station in Hampstead has met the qualification requirements for sports a wagering license.
The off-track-betting venue is among the 17 entities that were designated in the sports wagering law to conduct sports wagering operations, pending a review of their qualifications to receive licenses. Greenmount Station’s application will now be forwarded to the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC), which is responsible for awarding licenses.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff will be working with Greenmount Station’s sports wagering operator partner, contractors and employees on their licensing procedures over the coming weeks in preparation for an opening in early 2022.
Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin is holding its two sports wagering controlled demonstration dates this week, and it is anticipated that the casino will open sports wagering to the public on Dec. 17. The controlled demonstrations and opening of sports wagering at Hollywood Casino in Perryville are expected next week. The SWARC awarded licenses to Ocean Downs and Hollywood on Nov. 18.
Prior to their public openings, all sports wagering facilities must complete two days of controlled demonstrations, during which guests invited by the facilities will participate in live wagering under the observation of Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff, who ensure that all required procedures, systems and revenue reporting controls are in place and effective.
Two other off-track-betting venues — Long Shot’s in Frederick and Riverboat on the Potomac in Colonial Beach, Va., — were awarded licenses by the SWARC on Dec. 8 and are expected to open in early 2022.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming’s Licensing investigators are in frequent contact with additional sports wagering facilities that were designated in the law, whose applications are in progress. State law requires that applicants “establish by clear and convincing evidence” that they are fully qualified before the MLGCC issues a license (State Government Article § 9-1E-07).
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