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The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission has awarded Crab Sports the eleventh online sports betting license in the state. The new sportsbook is based out of Maryland, which is a big reason why they were able to obtain a license to begin operations. While far smaller than the other major players in the industry, being a local company will help them attract players within the state.
“With diversity and a local approach being part of our DNA, we will not stop there and intend to build a truly Maryland company that partners with other local businesses, employs local team members, and enhances the reputation of the sports wagering,” Crab Sports stated on their license application.
While they have a limited web-based sportsbook available, they have not launched a mobile app yet. Those who have had access to Crab Sports have complained of technical issues, which is hardly surprising given the operator’s small size and inexperience. While they have not shared a firm date for when the mobile app will go live, they have confirmed it is their top priority now that the license has been secured.
When Maryland legalized sports betting, it promised to provide a diversified offering to players in the state. That includes adding local and minority-owned operators, and Crab Sports checks both boxes. Women and minorities own over 50% of the company, a rare thing in the US sports betting industry. Many legislators hailed that as a win, and it is something other states will take note of.
The sportsbook already has local partners in Route One Apparel, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. While it is unknown what those partnerships will entail, it is clear that Crab Sports is focusing on its local roots to attract users away from some of the larger online sportsbooks. This means more tax revenue for the state and more money for local businesses, a win-win for Maryland.
While Crab Sports is the latest operator to open its doors in Maryland, it won’t be the last. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission has stated they are actively looking for more to launch soon within the state, giving players even more options.
Michael is an avid sports fan and a veteran bettor from Milwaukee. He learned the trade from his grandfather in Las Vegas as a kid and has turned that into a successful career. He cheers for all Wisconsin pro teams along with his Alma Mater Arizona State. He specializes in baseball betting, but has experience in football, basketball, and hockey as well. When he isn’t pouring over stats, he’s spending time with his two young children.More info on Michael Savio
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