FanDuel had debuted its maiden retail sportsbook location within the state of Maryland, after unveiling its latest location inside Sports & Social Maryland at the Cordish CompaniesLive! Casino & Hotel.

To mark the occasion of sports betting becoming legal in the region, pro football hall-of-famer Ed Reed opened the FanDuel sportsbook and took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony, placing a ceremonial first bet on Dustin Poirier to win at UFC 269.

FanDuel, in partnership with The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, adds that it plans to offer online sports betting in the jurisdiction pending legal and regulatory approvals. 

“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 sports lounge features a 100-foot-wide media screen as its centerpiece, as well as boasting two main bars, VIP areas, ten betting windows and 31 IGT PlaySports self-service betting terminals.

“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,” noted Rob Norton, president of Cordish Global Gaming and Live! Casino

“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, with Maryland joining 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,” added 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.”