FanDuel Group and The Cordish Companies have officially opened the FanDuel Sportsbook inside Sports & Social Maryland at Live! Casino & Hotel in the Baltimore/Washington corridor, signifying the first FanDuel sportsbook in the state.
To mark the milestone occasion, pro football hall-of-famer Ed Reed opened the facility and took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony before placing a ceremonial first $20 Moneyline wager on Dustin Poirier to win at UFC 269.
“Today marks the culmination of more than a year of effort to get sports betting up and running here in the State of Maryland,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “In addition to allowing Marylanders to bet on football, basketball, 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.”
The 14,000 square foot FanDuel Sportsbook, featuring 10 betting windows and 31 IGT PlaySports self-service betting terminals, has a 100-foot-wide media screen as its centerpiece for some of the best sports watching in the region.
Rob Norton, President of Cordish Global Gaming and Live! Casino, stated: “The combination of two powerhouse brands – Live! best known for our premier entertainment venues, and FanDuel for its leading Sportsbook – will offer an unmatched experience for sports betting enthusiasts in the State of Maryland.
“The launch of the FanDuel Sportsbook, in the heart of Sports & Social Maryland, has been highly anticipated and will provide our guests with the ultimate fan experience.”
Maryland marks the 13th state where FanDuel offers retail sportsbook locations as it now joins Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
“Our successful partnership continues to expand with today’s launch marking our second state and third location with The Cordish Companies,” said Keith Wall, Vice President of Retail, FanDuel Group. “We are excited to expand our retail footprint to our 13th state by bringing the FanDuel Sportsbook to a world class casino in the heart of Maryland.”