LANDOVER, MD. – Maryland gamblers are about to finally find out when they’ll be able to use their phones to place bets.
As Maryland law has been drafted, the Sports Betting Review Commission needs to finalize the application process for both mobile and physical sports betting.
It took a while, but it was officially given the green light this morning.
By 11:30 a.m., the paperwork was officially at the state’s Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review Committee for signing. It could have taken a while before the voting started.
But FOX 5 confirmed with Baltimore delegate Sandy Rosenberg that voting is already open and he has already voted for the settlement.
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There are 19 members on the committee and 10 must vote yes.
But what does all this mean for sports bettors who can’t wait for the law to change?
Once he passes – if he passes this joint committee – a pair of six-week periods that are part of the process to select who gets state gaming licenses begins.
“That will allow us to start accepting applications and it’s a 45-day process,” explained John Martin of the Maryland Lottery. “After 45 days, SWARC will collect all apps available on mobile or retail, preferably it will be part of both, and then they will begin their 45-day review process.”
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The application process has been passed by the Sports Wagering Board, and now it is being voted on by this joint committee, if the committee passes it, the board will be allowed to start accepting applications.
Fans hoping to place mobile bets on games and players could do so during the second half of the NFL and NCAA seasons.
The changes could be official by December.
Just a few weeks ago, officials thought mobile betting wouldn’t happen in the state before the Super Bowl, so according to the Martin Lottery and MD, the process is moving forward.