A Maryland commission on Wednesday approved the state's first 10 online sports betting licenses.
Approval from the Sports Betting Application Review Commission does not yet mean licensees can start placing bets immediately. Applicants have yet to perform a successful controlled demonstration of their operating systems and procedures. That involves live wagering by customers on specific dates and times approved by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming.
Earlier this week, Governor Larry Hogan said he hoped online sports betting could take place by Thanksgiving.
Maryland law allows up to 60 mobile sports betting licenses. Last month, the commission received 21 mobile applications.
The state agency says additional applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The next group is scheduled to be reviewed during the commission meeting next month.
Maryland voters approved a constitutional amendment two years ago to allow sports betting in the state. Sports betting is already available in the state's casinos.
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