A Carroll County off-track betting site has been awarded a sports wagering license by the state’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission.
The panel voted 5-0 with two members excused absent to award a license to Greenmount OTB, an off-track betting site in the Greenmount Station in Hampstead.
The vote means that the site could begin accepting sports bets as soon as it meets final regulatory approval by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. On Thursday, Greenmount received initial approval from the agency.
Greenmount was one of 18 sites guaranteed a license by law earlier this year.
Five Casinos — Maryland Live, MGM National Harbor, Hollywood, Ocean Downs and Horseshoe — have received similar approval.
Horseshoe, Maryland Live and MGM National Harbor all began taking legal sports bets within those casinos earlier this month. Ocean Downs opened its sports book last week. Hollywood is said to be close to opening.
Greenmount OTB is an alliance between local small business owners and neighbors Chris Richards, of Greenmount Station Restaurant, and David Richardson, owner of Greenmount Bowl. Richardson is also executive director of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and a two-term elected councilman in nearby Manchester.
Greenmount OTB opened in early 2018 in affiliation with Maryland Jockey Club and 1/ST Racing, the owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico. Wagering is currently accepted seven days-a-week at the off-track wagering outlet with full-card thoroughbred and standardbred simulcasting from tracks such as Saratoga, Gulfstream Park, Churchill Downs, Santa Anita and Belmont Park as well as other premier tracks worldwide.
Maryland voters approved a ballot question to allow sports betting in 2020, which was followed by the law passed earlier this year setting the parameters of how the industry will operate.