Maryland is on the path of becoming one of the states with legal online and offline sports betting. Right now, the only legal sports betting Maryland is the one in physical casinos. Maryland online sports betting is expected to arrive during the fall of 2022. We don’t expect it to start before then, but it may even be after the fall of 2022, depending on how fast the lawmakers work. Let’s see what we can expect from Maryland sports betting online or offline in the future!
History of Laws Regarding Maryland Sports Betting
Voters were asked about their opinion regarding Maryland sports betting during the fall of 2020 and they decided they were in favor of launching it in the state with “the purpose of raising revenue for education.” The lawmakers put their heads together and devised a plan for both offline and online Maryland sports betting ventures. Gov. Larry Hogan signed the bill into law in May 2021 and it went into effect on July 1st, 2021. The bill was signed into law, but they still didn’t have enough time to launch it before the start of the 2021 NFL season.
The regulating body for all sports betting in Maryland is the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. According to them, the rules they created will allow the state to become of the most competitive sports betting markets in the United States.
Specific Sports Betting Laws in Maryland
There will be two types of licenses in Maryland – Class A and Class B licenses. Class A licenses are only ten and they are reserved for:
- The six casinos in Maryland
- Three professional sports stadiums/teams
- Maryland Jockey Club
There could also be future Class A licenses, which will be given to big sports league teams, like the NHL, NBA, or MLS.
The next type of license is a Class B license. There will be thirty of these licenses and other businesses in the state can bid on any one of the thirty available licenses. There are seven additional licenses, which are reserved for the Maryland State Fairgrounds, two bingo halls, and four OTB facilities.
When it comes to mobile wagering, Maryland lawmakers decided on sixty mobile betting licenses. The law states that that number would be revisited as early as December 2025, if additional licenses are needed.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Maryland?
The question is very popular with the rise of the sports betting industry in the USA in the last few years and our answer is “Yes.” Retail sports betting is live and launched in several physical locations, including most of the casinos in Maryland.
The more important question you should be asking isn’t “Is Sports Betting Legal in Maryland?” but whether online sports wagering is available in the state. The answer to that question is “No.” Right now, Maryland online sports betting isn’t available, but we expect it to launch no sooner than fall 2022.
The director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (John Martin) released a statement to “Gaming Today” and said that a 2022 online sports betting launch is likely. His hopes for mobile wagering are also ambitious with a date before the 2022 NFL season start, but we don’t have any proof of his statement, yet.
Mobile sports betting is expected to launch even further than fall 2022. Right now, we only have information that the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission asked industry stakeholders to provide feedback about the mobile market and how they think it should evolve forward. The feedback reports should have been submitted by now and we will be expecting news about the subject as soon as they make a solid decision.
Physical Sportsbooks in Maryland
Right now, there are six casinos in Maryland, and most of them have launched their physical sportsbooks. These are the casinos that launched sports betting in Maryland and it’s available there.
- BetMGM – MGM National Harbor
- FanDuel – Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland
- Caesars – Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
- Barstool – Hollywood Casino Perryville
- TwinSpires – Ocean Downs Casino
The next on the physical sportsbooks launch list are three OTB facilities, which are expected to launch soon. We also know that The University of Maryland has signed a marketing agreement with PointsBet, so we can expect them to be one of the books in the state in the future.
Retail sportsbooks in Maryland took around $16 million in bets during December last year and it was released in January’s revenue report that the number has jumped to $32.5 million.
Maryland Sports Betting Online Explained
Right now, the status of Maryland online sports betting is still non-existent, but we expect them to launch either sometime this year or early next year. Sources from the MLGCA are hopeful that it would be by fall 2022, but nothing is confirmed, yet.
Based on the mobile sports betting licenses available, according to the lawmakers, there will be many sportsbooks, customers can choose from. For example, Barstool sportsbook’s parent company Penn National acquired a casino in the state and now has a retail sportsbook, but that could also be the online sportsbook’s way to enter the market once mobile wagering is available. Other big brands that will most likely enter the market are DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, etc.
When Will Maryland Launch Online Sports Betting?
The launch date of Maryland online sports betting is still unknown. All we can give you are speculations regarding the launch. Both of the giants in sports betting in the USA, FanDuel, and DraftKings financially backed efforts supporting the passage of votes for online Maryland sports betting back in 2020, so we expect them to be one of the first to launch online once everything is available in Little America.
There is also an interesting case with PointsBet’s partnership with the Riverboat on the Potom ac. That is an off-track betting facility (OTB), which is located in Colonial Beach. That is technically part of Virginia, but the Potomac is part of Maryland, so the facility is considered to be in the Free State.
Since online wagering in the Free State isn’t available, yet, we believe that some of the big names in online betting will be 100% available once the state launches its online campaign. Here, you can read more about each of the sportsbooks that will likely launch online in the state and find out what they have to offer customers.
Maryland Online Sports Betting: 9 Sportsbooks to Expect At Launch
BetMGM is one of the most popular titles in sports betting both in retail and online industries around the USA. They offer new customers a risk-free wager of up to $1,000 and their retail partner would be MGM National Harbor in Forest Heights, Maryland. Right now, their mobile sportsbook is available in sixteen states and we expect that number to grow this year. They offer multiple features you will most likely love, including cash out, edit bet, live streaming, and in-play betting. They also provide excellent customer support, which you can easily contact multiple different ways.
FanDuel started as a DFS provider, but once sports wagering became legal in many states they were one of the first to jump on that train. They offer their services both online and via a mobile application and they are available online across fourteen different states. If you are a new customer to their platform, you can benefit from the $1,000 risk-free bonus offer for new customers. They also provide plenty of other bonuses and promotions for existing customers along with one of the most popular betting features across the world – the same game parlay feature. FanDuel’s Maryland partner is Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland in Hanover.
DraftKings is similar to FanDuel because they also started as a daily fantasy sports provider, but branched out into online and retail sports betting once it became available. They are available in fifteen different states and operate both via the web/mobile browse or a mobile application. Their welcome bonus is 20% up to $1,000 on your first deposit plus a $50 free bet. Their platform provides many different features and bets across multiple sports. For example, their Pools category is one of the most popular because not many legal sportsbooks provide it. They also have plenty of different betting markets available for different sports and leagues. DraftKings’ Maryland partner is the Baltimore Ravens.
As we already mentioned, PointsBet is partnered with the OTB facility Riverboat on the Potomac. They will also potentially be one of the first to launch in the state once online betting becomes available. They are an interesting sportsbook because they offer two types of wagering. One you can bet the regular way, which is available in other books, as well, and two, you can wager via the so-called method “points betting.” You can learn more about this method on their platform, but thanks to it the welcome bonus for new customers is more than other sportsbooks. Customers who register a new account can get up to $2,000 in the form of two risk-free wagers (one for the regular sportsbook and one for use with the points betting method).
Caesars Sportsbook recently acquired William Hill’s US venture and they quickly became one of the most popular sportsbooks around in many states. Their partner in Maryland is Horseshow Baltimore and they offer quite the welcome bonus. New customers get the chance to claim a deposit match wager up to $1,500. They also provide quite the promotions for regular customers all year round. They are available in eleven different states online and offer retail locations in many of those states.
If you are a new player at Barstool sportsbook and you haven’t made a deposit, yet, you can benefit from their $1,000 welcome offer. Right now, Barstool sportsbook is available in twelve different states and they will surely be available in Maryland, as well, both online and offline. Penn National, which is Barstool sportsbook’s parent company is partnered with Hollywood Casino Perryville and an online sportsbook will surely be available once it’s possible.
Right now, TwinSpires is available in seven different states, but that number could easily be increased. The platform mainly focuses on horse racing wagering, but they also have an online sportsbook and casino ventures. They offer a user-friendly platform and have excellent customer support. New customers can get up to $10 free for only signing up to the platform, and if they wager a specific amount in the first thirty days, they can get a $200 welcome bonus. The platform is available via mobile/web browser and mobile app.
New BetRivers customers can receive a welcome offer up to a $250 deposit match and although they don’t have any obvious connection to Maryland, we are sure they will find a way (maybe via one of the sixty mobile licenses the state supports). They have a popular platform and many features are available to customers.
FOX Bet runs a promotion for new customers, which offers a risk-free bet of up to $500. They are available in four states currently but are looking to expand very soon. If they launch in the Free State, we are sure that the state’s regulating body would give them an online license because right now there aren’t any retail partners or contracts signed with them. They are sure to be one of the top choices for online Maryland sports betting, once it’s available.
The Neighboring States with Online Sports Betting
The four states that neighbor Maryland is Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia. All four of those states have launched some type of sports betting, whether that is online, offline, or both. Other than the neighboring states, customers can also try NY mobile sports betting or go to New Jersey if they prefer to play on their mobile devices. New York was the most recent state to launch sports betting online and they already have several bookmakers available, including BetMGM, FanDuel, DraftKings, BetRivers, PointsBet, and Caesars Sportsbook.
Delaware sports betting is available, but online wagering in the state is still not. If you are from Delaware, you need to go to either New Jersey or Pennsylvania to bet online. The interesting detail here is that online sports betting in the state is legal, but it hasn’t launched yet because it was deemed to be a quite expensive venture. The Delaware Lottery, which is the governing body in the state that watches over everything related to sports betting, will have to re-evaluate things after a while because the industry in the state suffered a lot when all the casinos were shut down last year.
Pennsylvania has been one of the first states to launch sports betting both online and offline in the USA and as of 2019, they have some of the largest sportsbook brands in the country within their borders. Among the sportsbooks available in the state are BetMGM, FanDuel, BetRivers, DraftKings, Unibet, FOX Bet, Betway, and PointsBet. While retail betting became available in November 2018, online sports betting launched in May 2019. So far, the state’s record for sports betting revenue was in October last year when they generated over $776 million. Bettors in the state can bet on college sports and teams from outside and inside the state of Pennsylvania, but they can’t place prop bets on college sports. The overseeing body for all types of sports betting in the state is Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
In Virginia, customers can enjoy online sports betting, but that is all they have to offer right now. Retail sports betting isn’t available in the state. The record this state holds is the fastest market to reach revenue of $2 billion, which was achieved in October last year. Retail betting isn’t forgotten by the lawmakers and they made it possible in five casino locations in five cities around the state. The only requirement was that each city had to pass a referendum to agree to the construction of a casino in their land. Voters in four cities, including Norfolk, Bristol, Danville, and Portsmouth agreed, but the voters in Richmond did not agree for a fifth casino to be constructed in their city. So far, in the future we expect retail sportsbooks to launch in the four cities, but we don’t have a fixed timeline for any of them.
West Virginia is the second state on this list that neighbors Maryland and offers both online and offline sports wagering. The sportsbooks in the state started to accept retail wagers only two months after Delaware, which is very fast. There are five total retail sportsbooks and six online sportsbooks available in the state right now. You can place bets at:
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- PointsBet Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- BetMGM Sportsbook
- Betly Sportsbook
The governing body in the state of West Virginia that oversees anything related to sports betting is the West Virginia Lottery Commission. Like in most US states the legal age for anyone to use the sports betting services provided by sportsbooks is 21 years old.