Maryland Online Sports Betting Receives 16.5 Million Geolocation Transactions on First Weekend

Mobile sports betting in Maryland is officially live and the first week of online wagering has been a successful one for the state. 

According to GeoComply, the geolocation service used by most sports betting app operators in the country, Maryland mobile sportsbooks registered a terrific 477,365 unique users from Nov. 23-27. There was a lot of excitement and anticipation surrounding the mobile sports betting launch and that was shown through the numbers.

“A strong start for the regulated market delivers on the promise of new revenues and consumer protections,” GeoComply’s Senior Vice President of Compliance Lindsay Slader said. “Marylanders will continue to ditch illegal offshore sportsbooks for the security of legal, regulated operators that provide player safeguards and tax dollars for the state, just as lawmakers intended.” 

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Maryland launched mobile sports betting on Wednesday, Nov. 23 just in time for Thanksgiving. The launch came over a year after voters in Maryland chose to legalize sports betting and 11 months after retail sports betting launched in the state. 

DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars, Barstool, and PointsBet were the first sportsbooks to begin taking mobile bets last week. Three more mobile sportsbooks are set to launch soon (Betfred, BetParx, and Fanatics). 

Here’s a look at how Maryland stacked up against other states during the week of Thanksgiving. 

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GeoComply Data for Maryland Online Sports Betting

According to GeoComply’s data, Maryland’s seven live sportsbooks had 477,365 unique accounts and 16.5 million geolocation transactions from Nov. 23-27. On top of that, they registered 3.7 million geolocation transactions on Thanksgiving Day alone. 

Maryland’s numbers were terrific compared to other states during that time frame. GeoComply compared Maryland’s numbers to Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee, and Virginia with all but Colorado having a bigger population. 

The 16.5 million transactions nearly doubled Virginia’s 8.5 million. Virginia saw 291,584 unique users in the same time frame. 

The other three states also had significantly lower numbers than Maryland. Colorado (3.8 million transactions and 193,233 unique accounts), Indiana (6.7 million transactions and 237,330 unique accounts), and Tennessee (6.6 million transactions and 216,965 unique accounts). 

With these numbers in just the first week, it’s clear that mobile sports betting in Maryland is off to a good start. 

As the sports calendar is in full swing with NFL, college football and basketball, NBA, and the World Cup currently happening, bettors in Maryland have plenty of opportunities to place bets from their mobile devices.

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Blueprint For Maryland’s Future Fund

The great start to mobile sports betting is good news for the state and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund, the fund was set up to support public education. 

Each sportsbook operator must contribute a portion of their taxable winnings to the state with a portion of that going to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund.  

As mobile sports betting continues to grow in Maryland the industry as a whole should bring significant money to the state of Maryland and the education fund.

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About the Author

Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.