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BetRivers launches retail sportsbook in Maryland


Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has partnered with Bingo World to launch the BetRivers retail sportsbook in Maryland today.

The 3,000 square foot sportsbook features 12 self-service kiosks and three over-the-counter machines.

The sportsbook is set to open at 12:00 EST today (1 August), in a ceremony that will feature Qadry Ismail, former player for the Baltimore Ravens, BetRivers B2B services director Adam Glass and Maryland state Senator Pamela Beidle among others.

The ribbon will be cut by Randy Clemens, president of Bingo World.

“We are so excited and honored to be the first operator outside of a casino to offer Maryland residents a retail sportsbook,” said Clemens.

“Together with our partners at RSI, we can offer bettors a world-class in-person sports betting experience at the BetRivers sportsbook and lounge.”

It also has a lounge area with 32 theatre-style seats, 21 high definition video screens and a bar.

“We are thrilled to partner with Bingo World to launch the BetRivers retail sportsbook in the state of Maryland,” said Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI.

“With Bingo World’s brand recognition in the Baltimore area, the easy-to-access venue, and RSI’s award-winning products and services, we look forward to delivering convenient and exciting sports betting options to retail customers and are excited about building trust and loyalty as they become familiar with our award winning product.”

Retail and online sports betting were both legalized in Maryland last year, after state governor Larry Hogan signed a bill to approve the move. This was after voters backed sports betting  during the state referendum in November 2020.

Retail sports betting became available in Maryland in December 2021. However, online sports betting is still not available.

In June, Hogan slammed the state licensing committee and demanded online sports betting be made available ahead of the 2022 NFL season in September.