Maryland Retail Casinos

Though Maryland has historically dragged its feet when it comes to gambling expansion, the last couple of years have seen big strides in various legal gambling industries. For example, Maryland now allows legal sports wagering, legal casino games, legal daily fantasy sports, and even horse race wagering.

However, the online wagering industry is still underdeveloped in Maryland. You won’t be able to find any legal online casinos or poker sites. But you can find a variety of high-quality retail casinos and in-person sports betting. Let’s take a closer look at the retail casino scene in this historic state so you know where to spend your money the next time you visit.

Is Gambling And Sports Betting Legal In Maryland?

Yes, and no. At this time, there are no legal online casinos or poker sites available to Maryland residents. Online sports wagering is legal but mobile apps are not yet available. Maryland bettors can wager at retail sportsbooks at casinos in Maryland.

Maryland Casinos

MGM National Harbor

101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

MGM’s National Harbor casino complex opened in December 2016 and offers 2800 slot games ranging from regular reel games to video poker to progressive jackpots slots. Of course, they partnered with BetMGM to offer a retail sportsbook as well, which is now open. It also includes a dedicated high-limit room, a poker room, and a wide range of restaurants. The casino offers a 1200-seat theater for live entertainment events, plus a 300-suite hotel and a marketplace of luxury retail stores filled with high-end brands.

Horseshoe Baltimore Casino

1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Baltimore is host to the Horseshoe Casino, which includes 122,000 ft.² of gaming space and 20,000 ft.² of food and beverage outlets. 2200 slot machines are available in total, including 150 video poker machines and a dedicated high limit area with up to $500 slots. Table games in a World Series of Poker room round out the game offerings, but you’ll also find a variety of restaurants for any eating desire. Caesars Sportsbook partnered with the casino and opened a retail sportsbook.

Live! Casino Hotel Maryland

7002 Arundel Mills Cir, Hanover, MD 21076

At the Live! Casino and Hotel, you’ll find 200 game tables and 4000 slot machines, plus 2 high-limit rooms for optimistic gamblers. You can also find a FanDuel sportsbook. A selection of restaurants ranging from a buffet to a seafood restaurant provide eating options for all visitors. Also included is a live entertainment venue with 75,000 ft.² of space and a luxury hotel with 310 rooms, 17 floors, and a spa.

Ocean Downs Casino

10218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin, MD 21811

Located near Ocean City, Ocean Downs is one of the oldest casinos, opening back in 1949. It underwent a $45-million remodeling project in 2010. Not only does it offer a casino complete with slots and table games, Ocean Downs is also home to a horse-racing track and a TwinSpires retail sportsbook. Ocean Downs Casino is open from 8am to 2am daily and some tasty restaurant options.

Hollywood Casino Perryville

1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD 21903

This expansive casino features 75,000 ft.² of gaming space and is open from 8 AM to 2 AM every day. Here, you’ll find 1500 video slot machines, a 150 seat buffet, a grill restaurant, and a gift shop. It also includes 1600 parking spaces. They also have a partnership with Barstool Sportsbook to offer a retail sportsbook inside the casino.

Rocky Gap Casino 

16701 Lakeview Rd NE, Flintstone, MD 21530

The Rocky Gap Casino is a 2 Hour Dr. from Baltimore and offers 550 slot machines, 10 table games, and a variety of lottery game stations. Also included are a lakeside restaurant, a bar and grill, a pastry place, and one final eatery where you can find burgers and steaks. The casino is further improved with a 200-room hotel and a garden spa with a full range of services, like massages and body treatments.

Live Sports Betting In Maryland

While the industry hasn’t fully launched yet, a wide range of online sports betting operators like BetMGM and FanDuel already secured licensure through partnering with retail casinos.

The recent legalization of online sports wagering bodes well for any future online casino industry. Gov. Larry Hogan signed off on HB 940, the law that fully legalizes online sports wagering in Maryland. This means the launch of Maryland sports betting apps is close.

Furthermore, the Maryland General Assembly (the organization that led the charge for legal online sports betting) has also heard proposals from various Maryland lawmakers suggesting expansions to online casino and poker operations.

While there isn’t any concrete news as of yet, odds are good that online casino and poker games may become available over the next couple of years. It likely all depends on how much revenue the future legal online sports wagering industry brings in. If it does well, the state government may well decide to expand online gambling options to enjoy even more gambling-related revenue.

Maryland residents won’t just be able to place sports wagers through online platforms. They can now enjoy sports wagering through retail locations. Maryland HB 940 initially called for 37 mobile and retail sports wagering licenses for issuing, but this number was updated to 60 mobile licenses and 50 retail licenses.

Retail and mobile sportsbook licenses are divided into two classes:

  • Class A licenses are reserved for the casinos in Maryland and other exclusive sports arenas or wagering sites
  • Class B licenses are reserved for non-sports related companies and locations, such as racecourses, state fairs, or bingo parlors

Many retail casino locations announced their sportsbook grand openings in December 2021. 

For example, Caesars Sportsbook is already operating in the state, as is BetMGM. Both of these companies have online sportsbooks, so it’s likely they’ll launch online versions of their sportsbooks in partnership with their home casinos.

Furthermore, operators like DraftKings and FanDuel currently provide DFS or daily fantasy sports to Maryland residents. It would be quick and easy for both of these operators to expand their mobile app offerings to include sports wagering (as the DFS app is based on the same broader gambling app platform).

Maryland bettors will hopefully see mobile betting in the state sometime in 2022. For now, they can visit the above sportsbooks at many of the great local retail casinos.

Maryland Gambling FAQs

How old do I need to be to gamble in Maryland?

21, which is the same age you need to be to place a sports wager or enjoy any other gambling activity.

Who regulates gambling in Maryland?

The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency currently regulates most gambling activities in Maryland, although the Maryland Racing Commission is strictly responsible for regulating horse races and associated wagers.

Who owns the casinos in Maryland?

The casinos in Maryland are all owned by commercial enterprises like Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts, and so on. There are no Native American tribal casinos at this time.

Is DraftKings legal in Maryland?

Yes, but only to provide daily fantasy sports. But DraftKings is likely to pursue licensure ASAP.

Is FanDuel legal in Maryland?

FanDuel Sportsbook is available at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland as of December 2021. A FanDuel sports betting app is not yet available in Maryland; however, DFS is available through its mobile app in the state.

About the Author

Amber Hoffman

Amber Hoffman is Managing Editor of MarylandSharp.com. A recovering attorney, she's spent almost a decade developing and managing websites and writing for a variety of industries. Amber became a Cubs fan after living a handful of blocks from Wrigley Field, much to the chagrin of her Mets-loving family and Red Sox-loving husband. Amber writes for a number of online sites including the food and lifestyle site Food And Drink Destinations.