The Washington Nationals may not be located in Maryland, but the 2019 World Series winners still have a strong fan base in the Old Line State, as Nationals Park is just a short drive away. The emergence of sports betting in Maryland gives baseball fans another way to enjoy the action.
With the launch of online sports betting, Maryland bettors can now bet on the Nationals on their desktop or mobile devices. They can also bet on the Nats in person at a number of Maryland casinos.
Maryland’s legal sportsbooks offer betting opportunities on the Nationals on all regular-season games, as well as potential playoff contests. Here’s what you need to know about betting on MLB and the Nationals in Maryland.
Where Can I Bet On The Nationals In Maryland?
Maryland’s sports betting bill allows up to 100 different sports betting licenses, including 60 licenses earmarked for online operations. This means that at full strength, Maryland’s legal sports betting industry could emerge as having one of the most diverse lineups of sports betting brands in the U.S.
Online sports betting has arrived, so you can make wagers on your desktop or mobile device. In the meantime, baseball 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
These locations offer wagering on the Nationals, as well as all other MLB teams. Similarly, online sportsbook apps allow Nats fans to bet on the Nationals from the comfort of their own homes.
Online Sportsbooks In Maryland
Sportsbooks tend to offer varying odds on a given game, and Maryland bettors can look forward to line shopping opportunities unmatched by any other state. This is because a high number of sportsbooks are expected to be available once the industry is at full capacity. While the Maryland sports betting scene will need some time to fully take shape, Maryland Sharp projects that nearly every major sports betting brand will eventually appear in the state’s online wagering market. Bettors in Maryland can look forward to the following online sportsbooks setting up shop in the state:
FanDuel Sportsbook leads the charge as the No. 1 online sportsbook in the US by market share. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently live in over a dozen states, and it has one of the most popular mobile sports betting platforms. FanDuel is among the first mobile sportsbook apps available in Maryland.
The BetMGM Maryland online app will offer a comprehensive array of betting markets on all sports, including the Nationals and all other MLB teams. BetMGM also has a retail sportsbook within Nationals Park, so it’s a natural choice for fans of the D.C. baseball team.
DraftKings is one of the first online sportsbooks to launch in Maryland. DraftKings has emerged as one of the most prominent online sports betting brands in the US in recent years. Now that DraftKings MD has gone live, Maryland bettors will be treated to a comprehensive selection of sports and ways to bet.
Caesars is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the sports betting industry, and its brand familiarity comes with a sense of security. While that familiarity could allow Caesars Maryland to not work as hard as other sportsbooks to attract business, it still strives to provide great promotions and some of the most competitive odds in the industry to its customers.
Online Sportsbook Bonuses
The sports betting industry is a very competitive market, and sportsbooks offer special bonus offers to new users to help stand out among the competition. For example, when downloading the BetMGM Sportsbook app, new users can get up to $1,000 in first bet insurance. Use code: SHARP. Other offers include:
- DraftKings Sportsbook – $50 free bet (w/ $5 or higher deposit) + 20% deposit bonus up to $1,000
- BetMGM – First bet insurance up to $1,000 – Code: SHARP
- Caesars Sportsbook – Up to $1,100 in first bet insurance – Code: SHARPBETCZR
- BetRivers – 100% deposit bonus up to $250 – Code: SHARP250
- FanDuel Sportsbook – Bet $5, win $150 in site credits
Retail Sportsbooks In Maryland
FanDuel Sportsbook at Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel
7002 Arundel Mills Cir, Hanover, MD 21076
Maryland Live! Casino has an official partnership with FanDuel Sportsbook. That relationship yielded a retail FanDuel Sportsbook on the Hanover-based property that launched in December 2021. The FanDuel Sportsbook mobile app will also offer statewide online sports betting.
Once the app is downloaded, FanDuel Sportsbook MD will permit all bets from eligible players within the state. You don’t have to be a Maryland resident or have a Maryland license. You just have to be located in the state when you place your bets.
BetMGM at National Harbor
101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
MGM Resorts owns MGM National Harbor Casino, and Maryland bettors can now utilize a BetMGM retail sportsbook at the casino.
BetMGM functions as the sports betting and online gaming arm of MGM Resorts, and bettors in several states are already familiar with the BetMGM brand. The Baltimore Ravens named BetMGM as an official gaming partner in May of 2021, making M&T Bank Stadium another possible location for a land-based version of BetMGM Sportsbook.
Caesars Sportsbook at Horseshoe Baltimore Casino
1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230
Caesars Sportsbook has partnered with Horseshoe Baltimore Casino and opened a retail sportsbook. Caesars is one of the most recognizable sports betting brands out there, and the platform gives users plenty of regular odds boosts and rewards through Caesars Rewards.
TwinSpires Sportsbook at Ocean Downs Casino
10218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin, MD 21811
Ocean Downs has partnered with TwinSpires Sportsbook in Berlin. As a result, we can safely say that TwinSpires will be among the first mobile sportsbook apps to offer quality sports wagering action to Maryland residents.
Barstool Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Perryville
1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD 21903
Hollywood Casino Perryville has a partnership with Barstool Sportsbook and now has a retail sportsbook inside the casino. Barstool Sportsbook has also launched its mobile app in Maryland.
How MLB Betting Odds Are Calculated
Sportsbooks offer plenty of ways to bet on baseball. When betting on Major League Baseball, popular wagers include moneyline, point spread, and totals. The number of possible bets on a game goes far beyond these three categories, but understanding how these betting staples work is crucial to a solid strategy.
When it comes to betting on MLB games, it’s important to understand how the odds work and how they are calculated. In this example, consider a game in which the Nationals are playing against their NL East division rivals, the New York Mets. The odds may look something like this:
|Washington Nationals||+1.5 (-110)||Over 9.5 (-110)||+150|
|New York Mets||-1.5 (-110)||Under 9.5 (-110)||-175|
Now let’s break down what these odds mean and how they are calculated.
How MLB Moneylines Are Calculated
Moneyline bets refer to who you think will win the game. Simply pick the straight-up winner, and your bet pays off at the odds posted on the moneyline if your team is victorious. The odds for the favored team are denoted with a minus (-) sign, while the underdog is listed with a plus (+) sign. Oddsmakers consider a number of different scenarios to create moneyline odds. These include pitching matchups, injuries, scheduling, and recent trends. In this scenario, the Nationals are the underdogs with +150 odds on the moneyline. This means that if you bet $100 on the Nationals to win, your bet would win $150 if the Nats are victorious. Conversely, the Mets are listed as the favorites with -175 odds. This means that you would have to bet $175 to win $100 with a Mets victory.
How MLB Point Spreads Are Calculated
Point spread betting is sometimes known as run line betting in baseball. Under either name, the bettor is tasked with picking which team will win when the point spread is added to the final score of the game. It is similar to a point spread in basketball or football. Much like moneyline bets, the favored team is listed with a minus sign, while the underdog is listed with a plus sign. In the above example, bettors can take the Nationals (+1.5) runs, or the Mets (-1.5) runs. If the Mets win by two or more runs, New York bettors win. If the Mets win by one run, or the Nationals win outright, Washington bettors score the point spread victory.
How MLB Totals Are Calculated
A totals bet asks the bettor to simply choose whether the total number of combined runs scored by both teams will end up over or under a posted number. These types of bets are usually listed with -110 odds. Lines for totals bets are made using a variety of factors. Perhaps most notably, oddsmakers take into account pitching matchups. For example, if two aces are going toe-to-toe, the total will be listed lower. If two No. 4 starters are scheduled, then the total will be higher. In the above scenario, the totals bet for the Washington-New York tilt puts that number at 9.5 runs. Over bettors would need 10 or more combined runs to win their bet, while Under bettors would need nine or fewer runs.
Futures bets allow you to wager on events that take longer than a single game. Examples of MLB futures bets include the World Series champion, National League champion, American League champion, or the MVP from either league.
World Series futures bets are available at all times of the year at legal online sportsbooks. Bettors can now place their bets on who they think will win the World Series.
Keep in mind that futures odds can fluctuate throughout the season. Instances such as winning streaks, cold streaks, injuries, suspensions, and trades can influence a team’s World Series odds.
How To Place Prop Bets
Prop bets involve betting on an event that happens within a game but isn’t directly connected with the final score. Prop bets for a given MLB game can include totals wagers on one team’s score or betting on a pitcher to notch a certain number of strikeouts.
The World Series generates more betting interest than any other event on the MLB calendar. Prop bets on the World Series can include single-game props or prop bets on the entire series.
The most recent World Series offered a wide array of prop betting opportunities. Common options included lines on whether either team would score a run in the first inning or whether a collection of players from both teams would each end the game with two or more total bases.
Series prop bets can include wagering on how many games the series will go or a team’s home run total over the series.
How To Bet On The Nationals In Maryland
The sports betting industry is still rolling out in Maryland. Mobile sports betting has just launched, which will give Maryland bettors a lot of flexibility when placing their wagers. Let’s look at the steps required to register for an online sportsbook account, using BetMGM as an example:
- Finding the BetMGM app – The BetMGM mobile app is available for both Android and Apple iOS devices. Android users can find the BetMGM Sportsbook app at the Google Play store, while Apple iOS device owners can find their version of the app at the App Store. You can also access BetMGM directly through a desktop browser without the need for a download.
- Registering for a BetMGM account – BetMGM requires your first and last name, valid email address, and last four digits of your Social Security number when you sign up for a new account. Once those details are verified, you can make your first deposit and start betting.
- Making your first deposit – BetMGM offers several ways to get funds into your player account. PayPal, VIP Preferred (ACH/eCheck), online banking, credit/debit cards, and the Play+ Prepaid card all present convenient methods to make your first deposit at BetMGM. If all else fails, you can make a trip to MGM National Harbor to make a cash deposit for your BetMGM account.
- Finding Odds On The Washington Nationals – Once you’ve made your first deposit, click on the MLB logo on the horizontal bar at the top of the main lobby. The tab brings up all available wagers on MLB, including upcoming games and futures bets. To filter specifically for betting options on the Nationals, type “Nationals” in the search bar at the top right of the lobby.
- Placing a bet – Making a bet simply requires clicking on the line you wish to wager. Once you’ve done that, the bet appears on the betslip at the right of the screen. Input the amount you wish to bet, and the betslip displays the potential payout. If all of that looks good, click the button at the bottom of the betslip to confirm the bet.
How To Bet On The World Series In Maryland
World Series futures bets can be placed at any time of year, even in the MLB offseason. Clicking on the MLB logo on the horizontal bar at the top of the main lobby brings up all available MLB bets.
Once you’re in the MLB menu, click on “Futures” to bring up the available futures bets. You’ll see several available bets on the World Series, as well as division, league, and player award futures markets.
Once the World Series teams are determined, a new set of prop bets will show up on the BetMGM menu. World Series prop bets can include wagering on who will win the series MVP award or how many hits a certain player will have in the series.
Maryland bettors can wager on the World Series, even if the Washington Nationals aren’t involved.
Washington Nationals Sports Betting FAQs
Yes. Maryland residents can place bets on the Nationals both online and in person. Mobile sportsbooks have just launched in Maryland and will include a myriad of ways to bet on the Washington Nationals.
All of the retail sportsbooks in Maryland offer wagers on the World Series. Maryland laws allow betting on all MLB games and events, including all playoff games and the World Series. In addition, all mobile sportsbooks that launch in Maryland will offer World Series odds. Even if the Nationals don’t play in the World Series, Maryland bettors can place wagers on the Fall Classic.
Yes. A retail FanDuel Sportsbook is available at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover. The FanDuel Sportsbook app has also entered the Maryland online betting market and will offer statewide sports betting with odds on all MLB games and teams.
Yes. Live betting is a popular feature included in many sportsbooks. This means you can bet while the action is unfolding. Live betting is often put front and center on a sportsbook’s home page.
Bettors must be 21 or older to legally wager in Maryland.