Maryland remains without firm plan to implement sports betting

Maryland remains without firm plan to implement sports betting

September 04, 2018 9:00 AM
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Maryland, a major casino gambling state, remains without a firm plan to implement sports betting, despite nearby states that include New Jersey, West Virginia and Delaware having already jumped into the sports betting marketplace. Pennsylvania is expected to move forward with sport betting shortly, as well.

In May, U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that overturned the ban on Nevada-style sports betting in every state except Nevada.

"Money on the table is money on the table, and we don't want to turn money down that we could bring in from sports gaming," Frank Turner, who represents District 13 in the Maryland House of Delegates, has told local media.

Turner, who is retiring in January, is the co-chair of the joint Committee on Gaming Oversite. In March, House Bill 1014 allowing sports betting at Maryland casinos and racetracks passed, but the State Senate took no action on it. Maryland voters will have the ultimate say on expanded sports wagering, but legislative observers say that vote is unlikely until at least 2020.

"But we need to have it on the ballot, so we don't lose the revenue that we could lose over the next two years from sports gaming," Turner said.