Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, part of Caesars Entertainment, hosted on Friday Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, former Ravens greats Torrey Smith and Adalius Thomas, and former Dunbar High School and NBA star Muggsy Bogues for the opening of Caesars Sportsbook, which is now accepting in-person wagers on a wide range of sporting events at the new venue.
The new Caesars Sportsbook at Horseshoe Baltimore is a critical element in the transformation of the casino’s first level into a “highly immersive entertainment environment”, according to the company. The renovation will feature a reconfigured area for table games and The Brew Brothers Tap House. In addition to placing wagers at Caesars Sportsbook’s main ticket counter on the casino’s first level, bettors can use the 14 self-service betting kiosks located throughout the casino.
Governor Hogan spoke at the opening and said: “Today marks the culmination of more than a year of effort to get sports betting up and running here in the State of Maryland. In addition to allowing Marylanders to bet on the NFL, March Madness and more, sports betting will also help to keep more dollars in-state and will provide another critical revenue source for public education without raising taxes on families and small businesses”.
Mayor Scott added: “Today’s announcement represents one of several major investments being made in South Baltimore. The sportsbook facility at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will complement the emerging redevelopment of Warner Street into the city’s next great entertainment destination. With Topgolf already under construction and the groundbreaking for Paramount coming soon, this area will host hundreds of additional jobs for our residents and provide space for businesses that will expand and diversify our tax base, while creating synergies with the stadium events and connecting to new parks and trails lining the Middle Branch”.
Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager, Randy Conroy, said: "We are pleased to introduce the industry's leading sports wagering brand to Baltimore and Maryland. Caesars Sportsbook offers the best sports wagering experience in markets across America, and now Marylanders will have the opportunity to enjoy all of its many benefits exclusively at Horseshoe Baltimore. As with any type of wager made at Horseshoe Baltimore, bets placed at Caesars Sportsbook count toward unique perks in our Caesars Rewards player loyalty program."
The opening came one day after MGM National Harbor opened its BetMGM sportsbook, becoming the first casino to accept in-person sports wagers in the state. Also on Friday, The Cordish Companies opened a FanDuel Sportsbook inside Sports & Social Maryland at Live! Casino & Hotel, in Baltimore.
The state’s application review commission voted last month to also license sports wagering at the Live! Casino and Hotel in Hanover, Hollywood Casino in Perryville and Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin.
The casino sportsbooks openings come six months after a year of delays after sports betting was approved in the state. Last month, Horseshoe, Live! Casino and MGM National Harbor joined forces to demand the state the acceleration of the sports betting license approval process, which had been postponed in many occasions.