The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission issued a sports wagering facility license to Whitman Gaming and its operator partner FanDuel, for a retail sportsbook operating at Sports & Social in North Bethesda.
On August 29 and 31, Whitman Gaming and FanDuel successfully completed controlled demonstrations at Sports & Social. Customers participated in live wagering as Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff ensured that the sportsbook complied with all required procedures and that its systems functioned properly.
Sports & Social in North Bethesda becomes the 12th retail sportsbook location to open in Maryland.
It will officially mark the opening of FanDuel in-person sports betting on Thursday, the first day of the NFL season. The official ribbon-cutting will include ceremonial commentary from FanDuel’s Jeff Lowich, vice president of retail operations, and former Washington football players Santana Moss and Dexter Manley placing the ceremonial first bets.
“Our partnership with FanDuel takes our one-of-a-kind game day experience and elevates it to a
new level,” said Bryan Harris, general manager of Sports & Social Bethesda. “We love the passion
of the sports fans here and can’t wait for the season to get started.”
At Sports & Social, FanDuel will offer fans many ways to bet while they watch sporting events, including self-serve kiosks and a retail window, all within sight of the media wall showing all major sporting events and games.
On Thursday, as part of the celebration, customers in the restaurant can be entered to win two tickets to an upcoming home Washington Commanders game, courtesy of FanDuel. Other prizes include a VIP package that includes a two-night hotel stay at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, a $200 Live! Spa credit, and a $200 Live! Dining credit.
The other retail sportsbook locations now operating in Maryland are Bingo World in Brooklyn Park, Greenmount Station in Hampstead, The Greene Turtle in Canton, Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Live! Casino in Hanover, Long Shot’s in Frederick, Maryland Stadium Sub at FedEx Field in Landover, MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin, and Riverboat on the Potomac in Charles County.