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Sports betting opens in Maryland after multiple delays

Photo credit: Gov. Larry Hogan

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.