Sports betting opens in Maryland after multiple delays
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Sports betting has begun in Maryland after multiple delays.
Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday put money on an all-Maryland Super Bowl between the Washington Football Team and the Baltimore Ravens.
A state commission granted the first sports betting licenses for five casinos last month, about seven months after lawmakers approved legislation for implementation and about a year after it was approved in a statewide vote.
Hogan placed the first sports wager at MGM National Harbor.
There's a 15% state tax on the revenue, which is projected to total about $100 million annually when sports betting is fully operational.
After over a year of effort to get sports betting up and running here in Maryland, today I cast the first bet at the grand opening of MGM National Harbor's @BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge.— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) December 9, 2021
Proud to bet on the @Ravens and @WashingtonNFL making it to the Super Bowl! pic.twitter.com/JKpajI0oai