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Maryland Sports Betting

You can hardly blame Marylanders for believing that their state would have mobile sports betting legislation in place a lot sooner.

It took Maryland lawmakers nearly three-and-a-half years from the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act to enact a legal sports wagering bill – and even then, it was retail-only. And while being able to bet in person is a minor win, Maryland residents are still waiting to make legal sports bets on their mobile devices.

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Maryland Promos and Bonuses

The addition of mobile sports betting in MD will mean bonuses and offers galore for anyone making wagers within state lines. We encourage everyone to maximize their bonus and offer exposure, since many of these first-time inducements result in real cash landing in sports bettors’ accounts, with little playthrough required (for the most part).

Maryland Sports Betting Quick Facts

Launch Date       Dec. 9, 2021
# of Betting Sites       0
Online Sports Betting       ❌ No
Retail Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
Online Casino       ❌ No
Retail Casino       ✅ Yes
College Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
2022 Population (est.)       6.15 million
2021 Betting Handle        $16.5 million
Tax Rate       15 percent

Maryland Betting Apps

Optimism is high that Maryland will have a mobile sports wagering bill signed in time for the 2022 NFL season, but it’s by no means a sure thing. So for now – and for the foreseeable future – all mobile betting remains illegal.

 

When Maryland does join the ever-growing list of states with legal sports betting, you can expect all the major players in the U.S. sports betting space to be in the mix, with FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Barstool Sportsbook and Caesars among them. And we’ll be there with our list of the top online sportsbooks to consider.

How to Bet in Maryland

Choose your sportsbook

When sports betting is legalized in MD, you can consult our top list for the best sports betting options available to you. Our interactive list will allow you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.

If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Maryland once sports betting is legalized. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.

Register online

Registration requirements will vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.

Deposit and claim your bonus

Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it will be time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for Maryland residents should come in one of two forms:

  • Risk-free bets: This offer guarantees you a refund on your first wager if it is graded as a loss. The sportsbook will refund your initial bet amount (up to a specific limit) either as cash or as site credit.

  • Deposit match: This offer sees the sportsbook match your initial deposit dollar-for-dollar, though there are two caveats. The deposit match will come with a maximum limit, and in the majority of cases you will be required to “play through” your initial deposit by a certain multiple in order to earn the bonus.

Select and finalize your bet

Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.

From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.

Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!

Maryland Legal Sports Betting History

For a while, every time Maryland legislators began to approach something resembling a passable sports betting bill, they would run right into a roadblock.

It took a few tries and plenty of patience, but Maryland lawmakers finally reached part of their goal with the introduction and passing of Bill HB 940, opening the doors for up to 60 mobile sportsbooks to operate within the state’s borders. But work remains before Maryland residents can bet online; for now, they’re restricted to in-person wagering.

Here’s a look at Maryland’s sports betting history:

2019: No Referendum? No Bill

Maryland had intended to move quickly after the Supreme Court repealed PASPA, but couldn’t finalize a sports betting bill before the end of the 2018 legislative session. So lawmakers got to work early in 2019, seeking to pass a bill (HB 1132) that would allow for horse racing licensees and VLT operators to offer sports betting.

The bill was seen as a workaround to Maryland law which stated that any amendment revolving around the legalization of sports betting would need to first be decided via a voter referendum. And that’s the exact conclusion the attorney general’s office reached, resulting in the bill being tabled until the following year. 

2020: Bill Inches Closer to Approval

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were confident that sports betting would become a reality in 2020 – but with the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a truncated legislative session, a more detailed bill was scrapped in favor of a limited measure.

Voters subsequently approved sports betting in a November referendum, which made the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission the regulatory agency for sports betting in the state. Yet, despite the referendum passing, there was still a lot of work to do.

2021: Retail Sports Betting Launches

The new Maryland sports betting bill (HB 940) made great progress early in the year. The House and Senate overwhelmingly passed it through in April, and Governor Lawrence J. Hogan signed it into law in May. A couple of months later, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency released its first set of rules and regulations.

While the specifics of regulation and licensing were still being worked out, sportsbooks began moving toward partnership agreements. Caesars announced an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens, and was one of five operators to join forces with casinos that had been awarded betting sports betting licenses in November.

Finally, on Dec. 9, MGM National Harbor Casino became the first retail sports betting site in Maryland; four other casinos joined them over the next 14 days.

2022: High Hopes for Mobile Wagering

With retail wagering in a good place, the push was on to move forward with mobile sports betting. But there would be no quick path thanks to wording in the signed bill that emphasized the participation of minorities and women in the state’s betting industry.

A disparity study was commissioned but took months to get going, further delaying the launch of online betting. At last check, regulators were optimistic that Maryland would have mobile sports wagering in time for the start of NFL and NCAA football season.

Responsible Gaming in Maryland

Like most states, Maryland has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots. 

The Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling offers quick access to a number of important resources, including a volunteer exclusion program and a counselor search feature where those struggling with gambling addiction can seek help.

Visit the Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling site.

Sports Leagues to Bet On

t will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Maryland bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):

  • NFL
  • NCAA Football
  • NBA
  • NCAA Basketball
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • Golf
  • Auto Racing
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • MMA
  • Esports

That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are two major markets in which wagering in Maryland is prohibited:

  • Politics
  • Entertainment (including major awards ceremonies)

Maryland Teams to Bet On

It won’t surprise anyone to see sportsbooks lining up to partner with Maryland’s two professional sports teams.

Maryland sports fans are passionate not only over the NFL’s Ravens and MLB’s Orioles, but their deep roster of collegiate programs, as well. And with several other marquee franchises right next door in D.C., Marylanders have no shortage of live sports options at their disposal.

Here’s a look at the sports betting partnership situations with the two major professional  franchises that play their home games in Maryland:

Baltimore Ravens Betting

Online betting is still TBD in Maryland, but that hasn’t stopped the Ravens from putting multiple sportsbook partnerships in place. With M&T Stadium approved as a Class A-1 licensee – meaning it can host an online sportsbook – both DraftKings and BetMGM have created partnership agreements with the NFL franchise.

Washington Commanders Betting

Try to follow along: The Commanders claim Washington, DC as their home city, but they actually play in Maryland – and are considering a move to Virginia, where their team HQ and training facility are located. One major carrot: Virginia would provide a sports betting license to the team if it were to move to the state and build a stadium there.

Baltimore Orioles Betting

The Orioles have also been approved for a Class A-1 license, meaning it can play host to one of the main online sports betting operators. And while there hasn’t been any movement yet in that regard, it’s only a matter of time before the Orioles and Camden Yards establish partnerships with multiple renowned sportsbooks.

Maryland Retail Sportsbooks

While Maryland residents and visitors anxiously await the eventual launch of mobile sports betting, the state’s five retail sportsbooks are doing just fine – and likely offer a glimpse of which major players will launch their mobile products first.

All five retail locations began offering in-person sports betting within a two-week span in 2021, instantly giving Marylanders the opportunity to wager on their favorite teams. And with four other facilities having obtained a sports betting license in the state, the number of retail options might grow in short order.

Here’s a list of the in-person sportsbooks available to those in Maryland:

Hollywood Casino Perryville (Barstool Sportsbook, 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD, 21903)

Horseshoe Baltimore Casino (Caesars Sportsbook, 1525 Russell St., Baltimore, MD, 21230)

Live! Casino & Hotel (FanDuel Sportsbook, 7002 Arundel Mills Cir, Hanover, MD, 21076)

MGM National Harbor Casino (BetMGM Sportsbook, 101 MGM National Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD, 20745)

Ocean Downs Casino (TwinSpires Sportsbook, 10218 Racetrack Rd., Berlin, MD, 21811)

Maryland Sports Betting Tax & Handle

Maryland’s handle opened with a trickle, but saw impressive growth from the first to the second month of operation. January is generally the best operating month for most states, but Maryland did well to carry the momentum of the NFL season into March Madness and beyond.

Here’s a look at Maryland’s monthly sports betting handle beginning in 2021:

2021

MonthHandle
December        $16.5 million
Total$16.5 million

2022

MonthHandle
January        $32.5 million
February         $25.5 million
March         $31 million
April        $26.9 million
May        $23 million
June        $19 million
July        $15.5 million
August        $18.7 million
Total$192.3 million

Maryland had one of the highest hold rates in the country in four of its first five months of operation, with February (3.7 percent) the only outlier.

The state government has raked in more than $2.2 million in revenue (on a 15 percent tax rate) through those opening five months, off just under $15.3 million in gross gaming revenue.

Maryland Sports Betting FAQ

Can I legally wager on sports in the state of Maryland?

Sports betting in Maryland is legal only at the four retail sportsbooks that have aligned with sports betting operators. A bill that would make online sports betting legal has not yet been signed, and is unlikely to be until late 2022 or early 2023.

Am I permitted to bet in Maryland even if I don’t live there?

You can create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw at any of the state’s retail sportsbooks, even if you don’t reside in Maryland. 

Will I be able to bet on esports in Maryland?

Esports is legal in Maryland, and will likely be a part of several sportsbooks’ offerings once online sports betting is legalized.

How big is the Maryland sports betting market?

Maryland ranks 19th in the United States in population at 6.1 million people (2022 estimate). 

Who is responsible for overseeing sports betting in Maryland?

The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency has jurisdiction over sports betting in the state. You’ll find plenty of information on the website, including details on gaming and regulatory oversight and monthly gaming reports.

Which mobile sportsbook operators will be first to market in Maryland?

Based on the sportsbooks already in operation, it’s safe to say that FanDuel, Barstool, BetMGM and Caesars will be among the first wave of sportsbooks to launch in the online space. And they won’t be alone, with DraftKings having secured a partnership with the Ravens and PointsBet and BetRivers also expected to be in the mix.