In-person sports betting in Maryland will go live before the end of 2021. Although the state has been moving slower than others who legalized sports betting this year, we are anticipating up to 60 Maryland sports betting apps and 47 retail gaming locations at full maturity. We anticipate some of these betting opportunities will launch before the end of the year, or by Super Bowl LVI at the latest. On Oct. 6, the state announced licensing advancement for three casinos to offer sports betting.
Is Sports Betting Legal In Maryland?
Sports betting is now legal in Maryland. On May 18, 2021, Governor Larry Hogan signed off on HB 940. Since legalization, the state has been working tediously on setting up rules and regulations for up to 60 mobile betting apps and 47 retail sportsbooks. This is more than any other US state with legal betting. Maryland’s expansive licensing rules mean that Maryland will easily pass DC by and could be a competitor to Virginia, which launched betting in Jan. 2021.
When Will Sports Betting Launch In Maryland?
Maryland bettors can expect the state to allow up to 60 betting licenses. Maryland online sports betting will likely be a thriving market, and state residents will see some of the best sportsbook options available. While voters made online betting in Maryland a possibility in Nov. 2020, regulation is almost fully approved.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) director John Martin believes in-person sports betting can launch in late fall during football season. Mobile wagering on sportsbooks apps will happen after that at some point next year.
The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) is a temporary group responsible for license distribution to retail casinos and sportsbooks in the state of Maryland.
Let’s break down everything you need to know about current Maryland sports betting legislation, the details the proposed bill includes, and how to download a top sportsbook app so you’re ready when the industry launches.
Maryland Sports Betting Recent Updates
October 13, 2021:
SWARC delayed their third meeting set for October 14. They did not announce when the next meeting would take place.
October 8, 2021:
MLGCA Director John Martin tells FOX 5 that in-person sports wagering should happen “late fall” while mobile betting is “still six months to a year away.”
October 6, 2021:
Three Maryland casinos have qualified to receive their sports betting licenses: Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, MGM National Harbor, and Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel.
October 4, 2021:
FanDuel is leading the charge in opposing Maryland’s limit on free promotional bets.
September 27, 2021:
Public comment period ends on September 27 for Maryland’s proposed sports betting regulations.
September 22, 2021:
Maryland regulators offered an update on the licensing process, with a meeting scheduled for October 14 expected to provide further licensing information.
September 22, 2021:
PointsBet made a public statement to encourage the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Board to launch mobile betting apps at the same time as all 17 retail sportsbooks launch to ensure the market opens to all operators equally. This is part of PointsBet’s strategy to come out strong in Maryland through its partnership with Riverboat on the Potomac.
September 13, 2021:
MLGCA Director John Martin told The Baltimore Sun that they are “still very much pushing for football season” to launch sports betting with a “late fall, early winter” launch.
August 27, 2021:
Sports betting regulations were published in the Maryland Register. This begins the mandatory 30-day public commenting period.
August 26, 2021:
At an MLGCA meeting, various operators–Barstool, FanDuel, and Caesars–alongside their land-based partners in the state, discussed plans for sports betting. No launch timeline was set forth in the meeting.
August 14, 2021:
Governor Hogan told Maryland Matters that Maryland sports betting won’t launch by the start of football season. He hopes that it will launch in time for the playoffs and the 2022 Super Bowl.
July 15, 2021:
Maryland approved a 228 page of Maryland sports betting regulations. The launch date is still up in the air as additional regulatory steps remain.
July 1, 2021:
The Maryland sports betting commission nearly has all of its members appointed. Only one spot remains.
June 24, 2021:
Maryland sports betting regulations are set for approval on July 15th.
May 18, 2021:
Governor Hogan signed Maryland’s sports betting bill into law, which could allow more than 100 sportsbooks to launch by NFL kickoff.
April 12, 2021:
Both Maryland state houses passed HB 940 to officially approve retail and online sports betting. The bill allows for 47 retail sportsbook licenses and up to 60 online sportsbook licenses, the highest licensing cap of any jurisdiction in the US. The bill is set to take effect on June 1, 2021.
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Sports Betting Apps We Expect in Maryland
Here are the most likely Maryland sports betting apps based on existing partnerships:
- BetMGM (partnered with MGM National Harbor)
- FanDuel Sportsbook (partnered with Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel)
- Caesars Sportsbook (partnered with Horseshoe Casino Baltimore)
- PointsBet (partnered with Riverboat on the Potomac)
- Barstool Sportsbook by Penn National (partnered with Hollywood Casino Perryville)
- TwinSpires Sportsbook (partnered with Ocean Downs)
Other highly likely sports betting apps based on those widely available across the US:
There aren’t currently any sportsbook operators in Maryland. But we can still make some educated guesses about which sportsbooks are likely to crop up when licensure applications are released.
That’s because Maryland already has several casinos. Many of these land-based casinos are run by commercial enterprises instead of operating on Native American grounds. As a result, several casino operators will undoubtedly try to push for their own sportsbooks to acquire licensure so they can rake in double the revenue as before.
For instance, MGM National Harbor Casino already operates in Maryland. So we expect BetMGM to push for licensure as soon as applications become available. In this case, it would run both a retail sports betting location and the mobile app to allow people to enjoy its fantastic features, player-friendly betting markets, and more from multiple avenues.
However, other sportsbooks are also likely to launch in 2021. These include DraftKings and FanDuel, two of the largest and most well-known sportsbooks in the industry. Both of these sportsbook apps provide fantastic betting markets and very generous opening bonuses worth up to $1,000 in the form of deposit matches or risk-free bets, respectively.
Furthermore, both DraftKings and FanDuel already offer daily fantasy sports to Maryland residents. So it would be very easy for both operators to provide sports betting via the same primary mobile app platform.
Since Maryland is likely to provide a plethora of license slots for both retail and mobile sportsbooks, we could see dozens of sportsbooks apply for licensure by the fall of 2021. Other sportsbooks that may look to expand to Maryland include BetRivers, Caesars, and FOX Bet.
Caesars just announced the launch of its sportsbook app. With the launch of the app comes a risk-free bet of up to $5,000 when sports bettors sign up. The app also goes hand in hand with the Caesars Rewards program. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, as long as you place a sports bet on the app, you will receive points towards your Caesars Rewards accounts.
All in all, we’ll have to wait and see what sportsbooks announce their intentions to pursue licensure in Maryland before players can prepare.
Where Can I Bet In Maryland – Retail Sportsbooks
When sports betting goes live in Maryland, there will be 17 retail locations to consider initially listed in the wagering law. This breaks down into six casinos, seven off-track betting facilities, and three stadiums. All of the casinos have owners with connections to a sportsbook. Some of the sportsbooks at these locations have already been confirmed.
|Horseshoe Baltimore Casino||Baltimore||Caesars Entertainment||Caesars Sportsbook
|Hollywood Casino Perryville||Perryville||Penn National Gaming||Barstool Sportsbook
|Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland||Hanover||The Cordish Companies||FanDuel Sportsbook
|MGM National Harbor||Forest Heights||MGM||BetMGM
|Ocean Downs Casino||Worcester County||Churchill Downs Incorporated||TwinSpires|
|Rocky Gap Casino Resort||Flintstone||Golden Entertainment||Caesars|
Visitors to these casinos will have access to a full-fledged sportsbook. They can create an account, deposit or withdraw money, and make bets directly at the sportsbooks. In addition to using betting windows, numerous kiosks are available for an even quicker bet. Many locations will have dozens of televisions and multiple sports tickers to keep up-to-date on all the action.
Seven off-track betting locations are scattered throughout the state of Maryland. Off-track betting locations are official gambling destinations that are not connected to a race track.
Riverboat on the Potomac is located in Colonial Beach, Virginia, but is regulated by the Maryland state lottery. They have a partnership with PointsBet when sports betting goes live. Other notable OTB establishments include Long Shots in Frederick, Greenmount Station in Hampstead, and Rod-N-Reel in Chesapeake Beach.
Fans going to watch the Washington Football Team, Baltimore Ravens, or Baltimore Orioles will have an additional gambling experience. These stadiums will launch sportsbooks with their partners. This gives fans an easy way to set up an account and/or bet on games while watching the action on the field.
For stadiums featuring NFL teams, there will be some restrictions on how fans can make bets. The league does not allow betting kiosks in the stadium. Instead, mobile lounges will be available where fans have a similar experience to a standard sportsbook, but they will place bets on their phone.
Maryland Sports Teams Betting Update
Both the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Football Team play in the state of Maryland. Each team represents one of the NFL conferences (NFC and AFC). Baltimore plays in the AFC North division and Washington plays in the NFC East division. The Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. WFT plays at FedExField in Landover, formerly playing in Washington DC until 1997.
Baltimore is one of the state’s most famous teams and made it to the Super Bowl most recently in 2013. Washington’s last Super Bowl victory was 30 years ago back in 1991.
Baltimore Ravens (5-1 overall, 3-3 ATS)
- Baltimore had its most impressive performance all season with a 34-6 dismantling of the Los Angeles Chargers. They had a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter and it was never competitive. In the running game, Baltimore had 187 total yards while limiting LA to just 26 total yards.
- The Ravens will have another home contest against the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) on Sunday, October 24, at 1:00 PM ET. They open up as 6.5-point favorites against a decent offensive opponent.
- Baltimore’s defense is still weak in defending the pass, but they are strong in nearly every other category. This includes being ranked fourth overall in total yards per game (421.7 yds/gm) and rushing yards per game (155.2 yds/gm).
Washington Football Team (2-4 overall, 1-5 ATS)
- A lot of teams have taken advantage of Kansas City’s bad defense, but Washington couldn’t in an eventual 31-13 defeat. Quarterback Taylor Heinicke was pedestrian with 182 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The offense in total was held to 276 yards.
- The Football Team has an incredibly tough contest against a surging Green Bay Packers (5-1) squad on Sunday, October 24, at 1:00 PM ET. The Packers have won both games at home and WFT opened as 10-point underdogs.
- Washington was anticipated to have one of the better defenses in the NFL, but that has not been the case so far. They rank 31st in total yards allowed (423 yds/gm) and last in points allowed (31 pts/gm).
Two college programs in the state of Maryland play in FBS football: the Maryland Terrapins and Navy Midshipmen. The University of Maryland in College Park is part of the Big Ten Conference. The US Naval Academy has been with the American Athletic Conference (AAC) since 2015. Both of these schools also field other teams in popular collegiate sports to bet on, such as basketball.
Maryland Terrapins (4-2 overall, 3-3 ATS)
- For the second straight week, Maryland was pummeled by their opponent. They lost 66-17 against Ohio State and allowed nearly 600 total yards. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa threw 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
- After a rough couple of weeks, they have the week off prior to battling Minnesota on Saturday, October 23, at 3:30 PM ET. Maryland opens as 5-point underdogs.
- Maryland’s passing attack is ranked in the top 20, but defensively, they allow 260.8 yards per game (105th).
Navy Midshipmen (1-5 overall, 3-3 ATS)
- Navy tried to control momentum early, but the defense wasn’t able to hold Memphis at bay in their last contest. They ended up losing 35-17 and weren’t able to spark a comeback in the second half. The final score came in the third quarter at the 8:09 mark.
- It’s going to be a difficult contest on Saturday, October 23, when they host second-best team in the nation, Cincinnati. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 PM ET and Navy opens as four-touchdown underdogs.
- Navy’s famous option offense continues to run well, but the passing attack is now last in the nation, averaging 59.3 passing yards per game. Defensively, they allow 32.7 points per game (109th).
The Baltimore Orioles are the MLB representative of Maryland and play in the AL East division. This is a loaded division with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. While they have been the fourth or fifth-best team in the division for most of the last 20 years, they have had three postseason appearances between 2012 and 2016. They last made it to the World Series, and won, back in 1983.
- Baltimore ended their 2021 season with a 52-110 record. The worst record this team has set all-time was four years ago in 2018 when they went 47-115.
- The Orioles have finished in fifth place in the AL East in the last four complete seasons (excludes 2020’s shortened season). In three of those seasons, they finished with 108 or more losses.
- Brandon Hyde has been the manager for the Orioles over the past three seasons.
- Baltimore scored 4.07 runs per game, which was 26th overall in the MLB. They held a 5.85 ERA across their pitching staff, which was the worst in the league.
- On the bright side of a dismal season, there were a few great players in the batting lineup. Ryan Mountcastle led the team with 89 RBIs and 33 home runs. Cedric Mullins finished with a .518 slugging percentage and had 30 home runs.
How To Place A Bet In Maryland
Maybe you already have a sportsbook in mind and know where you want to wager your cash. In that case, you should know how to place a bet in Maryland so you’re ready when the industry finally launches.
However, it’s not yet clear whether Maryland will require in-person registration or will allow you to register entirely online. The process is a little different depending on which method the state decides to follow.
Download Your Sportsbook
Regardless, you’ll first need to download the sportsbook of your choice to your mobile device. To do this, simply download the app from the App Store if you’re on an iPhone device or Google the main sportsbook website if you have an Android device.
Android users can also find some apps in the Google Play store, now that it has revised its policy banning real money gambling apps. However, each app must apply individually for approval, so it might be some time before all the major sportsbook apps are available for download on the platform.
In the meantime, Android users can download their favorite sportsbooks from the operator’s official website.
Downloading, in either case, should be quick and mostly automatic. Furthermore, it’s all but certain that Maryland’s sports betting legislation will require any downloaded sportsbook to also install associated geolocation software. This software will track your location and prevent you from placing a wager outside of Maryland state lines.
Register For Your Sportsbook
Once you’ve downloaded your favorite sportsbook to your mobile device, you’ll need to complete the registration process.
If Maryland residents are lucky and online-only registration is allowed, this will be quick and simple. You’ll need to provide your personal information to the sportsbook as you create your account. It’ll ask for information like your Social Security number and physical address.
Then you just need to wait a few minutes while the sportsbook verifies your information and you’ll be set.
If you have to complete the registration process in person, you’ll need to drive to the casino partnered with your downloaded sportsbook and verify your identity there. Naturally, this will take longer and be more difficult for sportsbook enthusiasts, so it’s the less attractive option.
Fund Your Account
Downloading and registering your sportsbook account is just the start. You’ll then need to fund your account through a variety of deposit methods. Different sportsbooks will provide different deposit methods, but they usually allow you to use credit or debit cards, bank account transfers, and electronic wallet transfers.
If the sportsbook you want to use has a physical location, you will likely be able to fund the account with cash by visiting the casino’s cash cage as well.
When funding your account, be aware of any opening bonuses that may apply to your situation. Sportsbook operators frequently provide generous and attractive opening bonuses for new account holders. These bonuses may give you up to hundreds of dollars of site credit that you can use to place your initial wagers.
However, be sure that you read any applicable terms and conditions when it comes to these opening bonuses. Some bonuses must be claimed within a week, for instance, or may only be applicable for certain types of wagers with specific odds ranges.
Place A Wager
After funding your account, you’ll be set to place a wager. Simply navigate through your chosen sportsbook’s betting lines and markets to find a wager that suits your fancy and start betting!
Maryland Legal Sportsbooks
Even though legal sportsbooks are still some months away from launching in Maryland, it’s a good idea to bide your time and wait instead of using an offshore betting site.
Offshore and illegal books don’t have good digital security and may even steal the money you provide to your wagering account. Even worse, you won’t have anyone to turn to when seeking a legal resolution since just using an offshore book is technically breaking the law.
Legal sportsbooks have to report their earnings to the state government and the regulatory body that oversees their actions. In Maryland, this will likely be a special committee or the Maryland Lottery (the specifics are still being hammered out by the state government).
This means that each licensed sportsbook will be well regulated and your personal information will be much safer than it would be with an offshore account. Furthermore, legal sportsbooks have excellent digital security that can protect your personal information from identity theft. Legal sportsbooks are also insured, so even if your account is breached by a hacker, you’ll get refunded up to a certain amount.
Maryland Sports Betting Revenue
According to the Fiscal Summary of HB 940, sports betting revenue is not expected to have any effect on the fiscal year (FY) 2021. However, application fees and taxes are expected to generate up to $18.2 million in FY 2022.
Application fees for retail sports betting licenses for established casinos and major league sports venues is $250,000. The application fee for the fairgrounds, minor league teams, and other smaller venues is $50,000. The application fee for a mobile sports wagering license is $500,000, plus a $100,000 annual renewal fee.
Mobile sports betting will also be taxed at 15%, which is 2% more than New Jersey (the largest online betting market) taxes mobile sports betting.
By FY 2026, the state is expected to generate $17.9 million per year from sports betting and daily fantasy sports per year. This would allow an increase in special fund expenditures to $79.4 million by FY 2026.
Special fund expenditures in Maryland extend to a wide range of projects and organizations. In FY 2017, for example, over $4 million in special funds were allocated to zero-interest financing for energy conservation projects.
Maryland is not the most draconian state when it comes to sports betting legalization efforts and gambling in general. Indeed, the state already operates six commercial casinos, which is notable as most other states with legal betting only allow casino games on tribal Native American land.
Online sports betting will further the state’s reputation for liberal gaming. While the state won’t legalize online casinos or poker sites, the majority of US states have yet to legalize online sports betting. Maryland also has a state-run lottery and allows for some charitable gaming activities, such as bingo.
The current sports betting bill in the state legislature is also optimistic for enthusiasts of this activity. The state is currently discussing allowing up to 60 online sports betting operators, more than any other jurisdiction in the US.
While COVID-19 and other legislative hurdles certainly slowed down the legalization process, Maryland overall has been fairly consistent in its push to legalize sports betting since 2018.
Maryland will allow college sports betting. However, it may join other states in restricting bets on in-state college sports, which would mean the Terrapins, Morgan State, Navy, and others would be off the table.
Maryland Betting Successes And Failures
Maryland Sports Betting Success
For now, most of Maryland’s sports betting-related success comes from the relative freedom proposed in its current legislation. Maryland residents over 21 will be able to bet on the following events in-person and online:
- US Professional Sports
- International Professional Sports
- College Sports
- Olympic Sports
- Esports (all competitors must be 18+)
- Motor Sports
- Select Award Shows and Televised Competitions
Plus, up to 60 online sportsbooks in a state create excellent competition, which is good for sports bettors. While betting apps are vying for your attention, you’ll enjoy lucrative bonus offers and other promotions, particularly around major sporting events like the Super Bowl and March Madness.
Where Could Maryland Improve Online Gambling
Although it’s great that mobile sports betting is on the horizon, it’s also true that Maryland is not currently discussing any other forms of online gaming. It’s a shame as well because Maryland already has several excellent land-based casinos that bring in millions of dollars of state tax revenue every year.
By expanding its online offerings to include casino games and poker games, Maryland might see even more tax revenue for the state government and its education-related goals. Maryland is far from alone in this respect, like most other states that allow legal sports betting also limit online gambling in other forms.
Still, there’s a chance that the success of the upcoming sports betting industry could convince Maryland lawmakers that allowing for online or mobile casinos and poker games is a wise idea.
Legalization Effort In Maryland
The legalization effort in Maryland, although it has taken some time, has been very responsible on the part of lawmakers. While an initial sports betting bill almost passed in both the House and Senate, the house decided to strip the bill’s language because they knew most people would not understand the exact specifics or consequences of legalizing sports betting.
Instead, they decided to propose sports betting legalization in a much simpler question. This was important because the people of Maryland would be required to vote on the measure in the November 2020 ballot for legalization to go anywhere in the future.
Although this delayed passage of sports betting legalization by at least a year, it ended up being a positive decision. The measure to legalize sports betting was passed by Maryland’s citizenry with overwhelming support as of November 2020.
After that, lawmakers were free to continue coming up with the specifics and regulations they needed to successfully launch the industry over the next year or so. Maryland’s sports betting legalization effort has also been marked by a push to include as many licenses as possible, increasing competition between the book operators and improving the odds of a successful industry ASAP.
Maryland’s HB 940 bill is widely supported for a number of reasons. The legislation is designed to provide extra sports betting licenses for minority-owned businesses, which is great for both the owners themselves and for overall industry competition.
Furthermore, the proceeds from the bill would be funneled to education and similar needs. This was reflected in the initial question posed on the November 2020 ballot. In other words, people knew that legalizing sports betting would result in a significant boost to education funding across the state.
Maryland Sports Betting FAQs
Technically, yes. The people voted to legalize sports betting in Maryland in 2020, but the state legislature still needs to iron out the regulations and rules before the industry can launch properly.
You’ll need to be 21 years of age or older to place online sports bets or to visit any brick-and-mortar casino.
Yes, it will be legal to bet on college sports in Maryland. However, it is still unclear whether bettors can wager on in-state college teams.
No, you will not need to be a resident to bet via a Maryland sports betting app. However, you will need to be at least 21 and physically located in the state to place a bet.
The State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (SLGCC) will regulate online sports betting in the State of Maryland.
Yes, but it currently only offers daily fantasy sports. That’s because sports betting hasn’t yet launched. But the fact that DraftKings already provides DFS to Maryland residents means that it is a likely candidate for licensure when sports betting finally launches.