Long Shot's, a 100% female-owned OTB parlor in Frederick, Maryland, opened its new Betfred Sportsbook to the public on Friday, November 18. The debut came after a four-day demonstration procedure with the Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency.
All proceeds from the demonstration were donated to The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The initial sportsbook is just across from Long Shot's and will be in a temporary location while the permanent amenity is under construction.
Long Shot's CEO Alyse Cohen commented on the opening: "Long Shot's is very excited to bring both retail and mobile sports betting to Frederick County. We are thrilled to add not only jobs, but also to support our state's education fund."
"It will be a big win for everyone in Frederick. Our state-of-the-art permanent facility opening in early 2023 will be the first and only 100% woman-owned sportsbook in Maryland. It will also be the only sportsbook in the entire region," Cohen further noted. "We look forward to welcoming everyone soon."
Bryan Bennett, Betfred Sportsbook Chief Operating Officer, stated: "We're excited to open our seventh retail sportsbook in the United States and could not be happier to do so with the Long Shot's team."
"We look forward to leveraging Betfred's 50 years of bookmaking experience to provide a first-class betting experience to the bettors of Frederick County and across Maryland," he added.
A permanent, 6000 square foot sportsbook with a video wall and comfortable theater-style and lounge seating will open in the Spring. A robust food and beverage menu is also available to provide a full sports betting and viewing experience.
In addition to the retail sportsbook, Betfred and Long Shot's also recently secured online betting licenses and will be launching an online betting product in early 2023 pending regulatory approval. Gaming industry consultancy SCCG Management powered the Long Shot's and Betfred partnerhip.
Long Shot’s in Frederick is among the 17 entities that were designated in Maryland’s sports wagering law to operate retail sportsbooks, and is the ninth facility to open. The restaurant is also planning to open a sports betting facility in Hagerstown, a spokesperson for the Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency told The Frederick News-Post.