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This is your guide to the launch of online sports betting apps in Maryland. Sports fans could see up to 60 mobile betting apps and sites as well as up to 47 retail sports betting locations. In-person sports betting began last year, and online wagering is expected to be available in late 2022.

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When Will Maryland Launch Online Sports Betting?

Sports wagering saw approval in Maryland last year, and the industry has started to roll out in the state. In-person sports betting is available at five Maryland casinos, and mobile betting is expected to launch later this year. An official launch date will be announced at a later date, but as of now, the current time frame for Maryland online sports betting to begin is slated for the second half of 2022.

Mobile betting is overseen by multiple governing bodies. In Maryland, the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) approves businesses that apply for a sports betting license. This includes license distribution to retail locations and mobile platforms.

Through the application process, additional review and qualifications are handled by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) and Control Commission (MLGCC). Specific duties vary based on the application process. Current regulations on sports wagering can be found here

In the end, up to 47 retail sports betting licenses and 60 mobile licenses can be issued in Maryland. The industry has a ton of potential in the Old Line State, and it is certainly an exciting time to be a sports fan in Maryland.

Maryland Sports Betting Offers

Many sports betting platforms offer special bonus promotions to new users. Here is a breakdown of various top sportsbooks in the industry and the current promo offers they feature in Maryland: 

These sportsbooks are likely competitors for early licenses because they’re large and well-established or already have partners or parent companies operating in the state. They will each offer different sportsbook bonus offers for new bettors.

Top Maryland Sports Betting Apps For 2022

Best For Gambling Promotions

20% deposit match bonus up to $1,000

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed: AZ, CO, CT, IL, IN, IA, LA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, TN, VA, WV, WY

Best For Gambling Promotions

DraftKings Maryland

Free Bet Bonus Offer

$50 Free Bet

With $5+ Deposit

Deposit Bonus Offer

$1,000

20% Deposit Match Up To $1,000

Licensed By

MD State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

Maryland Partner

Baltimore Ravens

DraftKings has one of the best mobile sportsbook apps out there. The odds and lines are easy to read, and the app has a very user-friendly interface and a lag-free experience for all users, even on big game days. The top of the screen has a wide variety of major menus with which you can quickly find all the betting markets you might want to access. DraftKings is known for its generous welcome offers, as well as regular odds boosts that can help add winnings to your bankroll. In addition, the customer service team at DraftKings is very helpful and known for fast response times. So if you even encounter an issue, be sure to reach out to the customer service team on the app.

 

Pros

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Dynamic betting markets

Cons

  • Some app glitches

Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

Best For Betting Market Variety

Up to $1,000 risk-free bet

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed AZ, CO, DC, IN, IA, LA, MI, MS, NV, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, WV, WY

Best For Betting Market Variety

BetMGM Maryland

Risk-Free Bet Offer

$1,000

Code: SHARP

Licensed By

MD State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

Maryland Partner

MGM National Harbor - Forest Heights, MD

BetMGM offers live stream betting and a high-quality rewards program that gives you bonuses the longer you use the app. There are excellent betting markets for international and European sports like soccer and rugby. Its American sports selection is great as well. BetMGM has a relationship with the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. In May 2021, the sportsbook announced a partnership with the Baltimore Ravens, the franchise’s first agreement with a sports betting operator.

Pros

  • One of the largest variety of odds
  • Live streaming of select sports, including soccer and tennis

Cons

  • Some glitches on website; slow sportsbook app
  • Not as easy to use as other sportsbooks

Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

Best For First-Time Bettors

Risk Free Bet Up To $1,500

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed: AZ, CO, DC, IA, IL, IN, LA, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, TN, VA, WV

Best For First-Time Bettors

Caesars Sportsbook Maryland

Risk Free First Bet

Up To $1,500

Caesars Promo Code

SHARPBET15

Licensed By

MD State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

Maryland Partner

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Caesars is an international sportsbook operator that has already started making its way into Maryland to strengthen its United States presence. Last year, Caesars announced a multi-faceted partnership with the Baltimore Ravens to become the premier sports betting partner of the team. The Caesars Sportsbook app offers fantastic betting markets and odds for both US and international sports, plus an easily navigable interface and a good opening bonus.

For a limited time, Caesars is offering new users a Risk-Free Bet up to $1,500 when they sign up with the new app. After opening an account, the bettor can place a first-time wager of up to $1,500, and get it back in the form of a Free Bet if the bet loses. 

Pros

  • Comprehensive rewards program
  • Retail casino located near M&T Bank Stadium

Cons

  • Betting markets don't have as much variety

Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

Best For Profit Boost Promos

100% deposit match bonus up to $250

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed AZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, LA, MI, NY, PA, VA, WV

Best For Profit Boost Promos

BetRivers Maryland

Deposit Match Bonus

100% up to $250

Use Code

SHARP250

Licensed By

MD State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

Maryland Partner

Penn National Gaming

BetRivers Sportsbook isn’t as popular as some of the other larger brand names, but they have plenty of exposure across the United States in established markets. A simple sportsbook interface provides a fast experience for live betting and watching select event streams. The welcome bonus is accessible to everyone with a 100% first deposit match of up to $250. BetRivers has market access in Maryland through Penn National Gaming, agreeing to operate as a second sportsbook skin with the organization.

Pros

  • Simplified betting layout online and mobile
  • Consistent promotions for profit boosts in many popular sports
  • Live streaming availability for select events, including NHL

Cons

  • Design can be cluttered on website
  • Scrolling newsfeed doesn't add much to experience
  • Not as competitive in promos and bonuses

Terms and Conditions apply. 21+

Best For Bonus Flexibility

Up To $1,000 No Sweat First Bet

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed: AZ, CO, CT, IL, IN, IA, LA, MI, NJ, NY, PA, TN, WV, VA, WY

Best For Bonus Flexibility

FanDuel Maryland

Welcome Offer

Up To $1,000

No Sweat First Bet

Licensed By

MD State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

Maryland Partner

Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel - Hanover, MD

FanDuel Sportsbook has a similar presence and features as its competitor, DraftKings. Bettors can use both the daily fantasy and sportsbook platforms and share their winnings across both. Note that initial deposits are limited to the platform selected. Bonus money received is the most flexible compared to other sportsbooks. FanDuel sports betting is featured at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover.

FanDuel is offering new users the opportunity to earn a $1,000 No Sweat First Bet. Claiming this special bonus is an easy process. Once mobile betting is available in Maryland, new users need to register, make a first-time deposit, and then simply place their first real-money wager on FanDuel Sportsbook. If the bet loses, users can get their money back in the form of a free bet. Simply register on the site to take advantage of the promotion. Terms and conditions apply.

    Pros

    • Bonus money has one-time playthrough, high flexibility
    • Clean user interface
    • Fast loading and navigation on website, mobile app

    Cons

    • Markets are limited in variety, parlay ability
    • Deposited funds cannot be transferred between daily fantasy and sportsbook platforms

    Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

    Best For Parlays and Odds Boosts

    2 Risk-Free Bets Up To $2,000

    Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

    States Allowed: CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NY, PA, WV, VA

    Best For Parlays and Odds Boosts

    PointsBet Maryland

    Risk-Free Bet Offer

    2 Risk-Free Bets Up To $2,000

    Use code BESTOFFER

    Licensed By

    MD State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

    Maryland Partner

    Riverboat on the Potomac - Colonial Beach, VA

    PointsBet is an Australian-based sports gaming operator with unique offerings. Betting markets that cannot be found in other sportsbooks are available on the platform. Bettors even have the potential to create their own markets when available. “PointsBetting” feature offers a bigger risk on sports gambling, but can ultimately turn a higher payout on a specific event. PointsBet branding will soon be featured at the Riverboat on the Potomac.

    Pros

    • Offers daily parlay boost to increase odds
    • Free bets can be divided up between two to four increments
    • Quick access to local sports events, parlay betting
    • Unique betting markets on popular events

    Cons

    • Odds not as competitive as other sportsbooks
    • Mobile app, layout not as user friendly as competitors

    Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

      Maryland Sports Betting Updates

      In total, 17 retail locations were designated in the Maryland sports wagering law. These include casinos, horse tracks, sports facilities, off-track betting locations, and bingo halls. Online sports betting is expected to launch in Maryland later this year. In the meantime, sports fans can place their wagers at five land-based casinos in Maryland. They are:

      • Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
      • MGM National Harbor
      • Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel
      • Hollywood Casino Perryville
      • Ocean Downs Casino

        A sixth casino, Bingo World in Baltimore, could be the next retail casino to offer sports betting. Bingo World partnered with BetRivers to make it its official sports betting operator, and the facility was awarded a sports wagering license earlier this year by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission Maryland. When it does eventually open its in-person sportsbook, it will be the sixth in-person sports betting location in the state of Maryland. 

        Two more Maryland retail sportsbooks are also on the way with Greenmount Station in Hampstead and Riverboat on the Potomac getting closer to openingBoth facilities have received their sports betting license from SWARC, but must get the final regulatory approval from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. The final approval should come once the necessary upgrades are complete. 

        Further information on approval and meetings by the SWARC can be found on their official website. In order to be approved, casinos have to go through a two-day testing period to determine if they meet official standards and security needs for sports wagering.

        The University of Maryland has a sports betting partnership with PointsBet Sportsbook. A few colleges across the country have deals with popular sportsbooks, including Louisiana State University and Caesars Sportsbook. Similar to that partnership, the University of Maryland will feature PointsBet advertising on campus and at athletic events, and there will be education focused on various aspects of gambling.

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        Maryland Sports Betting Overview

        Since both online and retail sports betting became legal in Maryland in November 2020, lawmakers have been scrambling to hash out the details. Retail sports betting has been available since last winter, and mobile betting is expected to be available later this year. However, the rollout of mobile betting is moving slower than expected. On June 14, 2022 Gov. Hogan released a fiery letter stating that Maryland is losing millions of dollars in economic investment and education funding because of the mobile wagering delay.

        The state legislature’s approved sports betting bill includes all of the details about how online sports betting will operate in Maryland. Some of the key provisions include:

        • 10 retail licenses for Maryland’s casinos, Pimlico and Laurel Park racetracks, the state’s three professional sports teams, larger OTBs, and electronic bingo halls. This will allow these entities to operate retail sportsbooks onsite.
        • 37 retail licenses for bars, restaurants, smaller OTBs, and amusement centers to also operate retail sportsbooks onsite.
        • Up to 60 mobile sports betting licenses by competitive bid, allowing operators to launch apps and online betting sites.

        SWARC held its first public meeting in August. The designated 17 Class A and B locations were noted in the Sports Wagering Law for investigation by the MLGCC. Different classes are based on establishment size and application fee. The license application process began for these establishments on September 14.

        Other businesses not listed will need to go through a background investigation that takes approximately one to two years. 30 Class B retail licenses are available under the current law. The application process will open up for licenses at other retail locations and online sportsbooks at a later date.

        Publication of the rules in the Maryland Register officially took place on last summer. This triggered the mandatory 30-day public commenting period, which ended later in the fall. Residents could contact legislators to voice their opinion on the new set of sports wagering rules and regulations.

        All the written comments and a recording of a public meeting on September 22 are accessible on the MD Gaming website. A number of comments are from sports gaming operators, activist groups on sports gambling responsibility, and local businesses.

        Regulation suggestions include lowering the wager limit from $5 million to $100,000, banning credit card use for deposits, and a same-day launch for mobile platforms. Despite recommendations from the public, sports betting’s cap remains at $5 million according to The Baltimore Sun.

        History Of Gambling And Sports Betting In Maryland

        Maryland has had a somewhat unique gambling history, overall. In fact, there was a 21 year period from 1947-1968 during which slot gaming was fully legal in Maryland. It wasn’t until 2008 when five of the major casinos currently in the state were allowed to provide table and slot games once again. Table games were added only a few years later, in 2012.

        There are currently six casinos operating throughout Maryland in cities like Baltimore City. The most recent casino, MGM National Harbor, opened in 2016.

        But while retail casino wagering may be fully on the books, Maryland’s online gaming scene is in its infancy. Technically, there aren’t any laws explicitly outlining online gaming in any form. In a November 2020 election-day referendum the voters of Maryland approved sports betting across the state. The referendum was needed to approve a constitutional amendment to expand gambling in Michigan. 

        Timeline Of Maryland’s Gambling History

        • 1870 – Horse racing was legalized in Maryland
        • 1947 – Several of the state’s operating casinos ignore directions to avoid slot games and install them anyway
        • 1952 – Bingo and other games of chance were legalized in this state
        • 1968 – Slot machines are officially ruled illegal
        • 1972 – The state’s official lottery is launched
        • 2008 – Expansions to current casino offerings are ordered, allowing for slot machines to return and table games to be offered
        • 2018 – The Supreme Court strikes down PASPA
        • Jan. 2020 – Sen. Chris West pre-files SB 58, which would legalize sports wagering in the state
        • Nov. 2020 – Residents vote to legalize sports wagering by amending the Constitution
        • Apr. 2021 – State legislature approves House Bill 940
        • May 2021 – Gov. Hogan signed off on the legislation
        • June 2021 – PointsBet and Riverboat on the Potomac reach an agreement for online and retail sportsbook
        • July 2021 – MLGCA approves sports betting regulations, subject to publication and review
        • Aug. 2021 – SWARC holds first public meeting, advances sports gambling licensees to pending review from the state lottery commission
        • Sep. 2021 – Baltimore Sun reports that the lottery agency expects sports gambling to go live in late fall or early winter. Applications begin for 17 retail establishments listed in the Sports Wagering Law.
        • Oct. 2021 – Multiple casinos began receiving qualifications for a sports betting license. MLGCA director believes in-person wagering can happen by the end of 2021, but mobile betting is up to a year away.
        • Nov. 2021 – SWARC officially approves licenses and qualifications at five establishments. They expect to go live with physical sports betting in the next few months.
        • Dec. 2021 – In-person sports betting goes live at multiple casinos throughout the state. MLGCC awards two establishments that have met qualification standards and licensure is currently pending.

        Maryland Sports Betting FAQs

        Is it legal to gamble at casinos in Maryland?

        Yes. Maryland currently has six operating casinos, each of which provides a plethora of game types. Sports betting is now available at five of these casino locations. For now, all sports bets in the state have to be placed at these five locations.

        Is gambling online legal in Maryland?

        At this time, online sports betting is legal, but it has yet to launch in the state. The anticipation is to have a launch at some point later in 2022. There are no options for online casino gaming for real money. 

        Does Maryland have a lottery?

        Yes. The lottery is state-run and can only be played in person.

        Who owns the casinos in Maryland?

        Each casino is owned by an independent commercial entity. 

        How old do I have to be to gamble at casinos in Maryland?

        You need to be 21 years of age or older. This is also the age you’ll need to be to place any sports bets once sportsbooks launch in this state.

        Is it safe to gamble at the casinos in Maryland?

        Absolutely. Each casino is professionally run and has good security for its users. Furthermore, any sportsbooks partnered with casinos will have excellent online security to protect your personal information.