Online casino account filed in Maryland
Maryland could join the growing list of states with online casino regulations. An invoice for online casinos, Senate bill 267it was introduced in January by a couple of Democrats.
The legislation would allow “the State Lottery and Gambling Control Commission to issue certain licenses to certain video lottery operators in the state to conduct or participate in certain Internet gaming operations in the state.”
The bill would also require “the Commission to regulate Internet gaming and the conduct of Internet gaming in the state.”
Additionally, Maryland may allow multi-state online poker with other online poker states, such as Michigan and New Jersey.
The bill would allow “the Governor, upon the recommendation of the Commission, to enter into certain multi-jurisdictional Internet gaming agreements with certain other governments, subject to certain limitations.”
The bill would require voters to amend the state constitution to allow online casinos under a “referendum of qualified state voters.”
The bill had its first reading in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.
Maryland already has online sports betting. The state saw nearly $500 million in sports bets handled in December. Online betting sites launched in November.
The goal is to further expand gambling in the state. The six Maryland casinos combined to generate $165,175,099 in slot machine and table game revenue in December 2022, the most recent reporting month.
The total represented a decrease of $7,726,403 (-4.5%) from December 2021. Casino gaming contributions to the state as of December 2022 were $69,686,506, a decrease of $1,411 .802 (-2.0%) compared to December 2021.
Maryland’s six privately owned casinos offer slot machines and table games: mgm extension National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Live! Casino and hotels in Anne Arundel County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in the City of Baltimore, Ocean Downs Casino in Worcester, Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County.
Other states considering online casino gambling licensing forms in 2023 include Indiana and New York.