The Maryland Live Casino has thousands of slot machines and electronic table games and is one of the state’s most unique land-based gambling venues. But it’s missing a crucial piece of the puzzle: a sportsbook. While there are moves afoot that could bring brick-and-mortar sports wagering to the Free State, that is still a long way off. Until then, fans of all things sports can bet on their favorite team at the many online sportsbooks available for residents of the state.
While the state’s licensing and regulatory processes for sports betting remain a work in progress, some gambling benefit casinos are taking matters into their own hands and getting ready to welcome wagers. 11 News got a sneak peek inside Live Casino’s sports book in Anne Arundel County, which is branded as FanDuel. The massive venue is a combination of cocktail lounge, social space and sports book. It’s hard to miss, thanks to a large FanDuel sign hanging above it and plenty of logos surrounding it. It has 30 kiosks, four teller windows and a giant semi-circle space surrounded by screens.
Guests can place bets either by person at the teller windows or using the 61 self service kiosks dispersed throughout the property. There is also a large sports bar where patrons can watch the game on one of 24 TVs. The Sportsbook & Lounge is part of the FanDuel Sportsbook brand, owned by Cordish Companies, which recently opened locations at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Live! Casino in Pittsburgh and the Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia.
The Sportsbook & Lounge has a variety of seating, from easy chairs to bar seating and living room spaces that can accommodate groups. There is even a private VIP area that can be reserved for parties of six or more.
In terms of betting options, there are standard straight bets on teams and players as well as futures bets. There are also prop bets, which offer odds on specific events or outcomes. These bets tend to have more action than the straight bets, so they can yield better profits.
The Sportsbook & Lounge is set to open in early April, and once Maryland’s sports betting regulations are finalized, it will be the state’s first retail sportsbook. The facility is a great preview of what sports betting will look like in the state. It’s expected to be a busy place for the foreseeable future, especially during this NBA playoff season. For those looking to get in on the action, be sure to check out the many online sportsbooks that are ready for Maryland residents. You can also bet on the latest game with WTOP’s Mobile App. It’s FREE! Sign up today.