BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For all you sports fans hoping to place bets on your favorite teams this weekend, you’ll have to wait a little longer to do it in Maryland.
The state’s sports betting panel met Wednesday and decided not to move forward with the first sports betting licenses, leaving five casinos still waiting for approval on in-person wagering.READ MORE: Maryland Dept. Of Health Website Operational After Cyberattack
“They’re missing out on alotta money for that, alotta money could go to Baltimore City Schools, colleges, HBCUs, so we can do a lot with that money here,” said Kelvin Gibbs.
After a two-and-a-half-hour hearing, the application commission decided to take no action.
“We need to continue gathering information, is that the plan moving forward?” asked Matthew Bennett, a member of the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission.
The panel will request applicants “submit supplemental ownership information,” said Randolph Marriner, a member of the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission.
What information is required is still unclear.
Five casinos–including Horseshoe Casino, Live! Casino and Hotel, and MGM National Harbor–have all been cleared in the first round of review. Their applications are now pending before the commission.
“I think we’ve gotten our legal advice to the max and we’ve been oriented to the industry,” said Thomas M. Brandt Jr., chairman of the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission.READ MORE: Pending Regulatory Approval, Sportsbook At Horseshoe Casino Could Open Friday
Marylanders approved legal sports betting during the 2020 election, voting 2 to 1 on the ballot.
“It appears as if the legislature is pressuring the commission to delay things as long as possible,” said Gov. Hogan.
The governor joins gamblers frustrated with how long the process is taking. He appointed members to this application commission after last year’s election.
“I’ve done my best, this has been challenging,” said Brandt.
“It’s a problem and I’m sure they’re all gonna be sued by those whose licenses have already been approved,” Hogan added.
But Victoria, who gambles at Horseshoe weekly, feels the committee should take their time because the impact of sports betting on younger gamblers could be a big one
“So many younger people, college kids and what not, betting on games, and they just get into financial trouble a lot quicker,” she said.MORE NEWS: Man Accused Of Killing Evelyn Player Was Working In Her Church, Attorney Says; Will Plead Not Criminally Responsible
The application commission plans to meet next on Nov. 18.