PGA Betting In Maryland

Maryland is rapidly becoming one of the most gambling-friendly states in the country, although you can’t put your money down on PGA matches or other events quite yet. Retail and online sports wagering are both legal, but neither has launched because the licensing process is not yet complete.

That said, there’s no doubt that sports betting licenses will be plentiful quite soon – the Maryland General Assembly has allowed for 60 online licenses and more than 60 retail licenses in total. There’s no doubt that some of these licenses will go to operators more than willing to provide PGA betting opportunities for sports wagering enthusiasts.

For now, let’s break down what you can expect from PGA betting in Maryland when it finally comes around.

3 Best Sportsbooks For PGA Betting

SportsbookBonusMajor Championships To Bet
DraftKingsFive $5 free bets + 20% deposit match up to $1,000PGA Championship, Majors Tournament, World Golf Championships
BetMGM$1,000 risk-free betPGA Championship, Majors Tournament, World Golf Championships
FanDuel$1,000 Risk-Free BetPGA Championship, Majors Tournament, World Golf Championships

Where Can You Bet On PGA In Maryland?

All told, there will be no limit to where you’ll be able to bet on PGA matches and professional golfing as an industry in Maryland. Some of the most likely sportsbook operators to place PGA bets with include:

  • BetMGM, which has already partnered with MGM National Harbor, a major casino location in Maryland
  • FanDuel, which also has an established partnership in Maryland with Live! Casino & Hotel

However, it’s likely that PGA betting lines will be available at the majority of retail and online sportsbooks that launch in Maryland sometime in the future.

Online Sportsbooks

Online sportsbook platforms will start cropping up everywhere in Maryland over the next few weeks and months, and they will undoubtedly be one of the most popular ways to place PGA bets. Maryland, fortunately, doesn’t have any in-person requirement for account registration or wager placing, so you can enjoy PGA betting from the comfort of your own couch.

Even better, top mobile sportsbooks like DraftKings, BetRivers, FanDuel, and more will all allow you to live stream PGA events straight to your phone. In this way, you’ll be able to enjoy online in-play betting while watching the golf match play out, all from easy-to-use, intuitive app interfaces.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll see a full 60 mobile apps crop up in Maryland once the industry gets going, don’t be surprised if there are at least a dozen solid choices for PGA wagers.

Retail Sportsbooks

Of course, for some sports wagerers, nothing beats the atmosphere and in-person pleasure of putting money down on PGA matches and tournaments at a retail sportsbook. Luckily, retail sportsbooks will be a dime a dozen. In total, 17 venues have already been approved to offer sports wagering (though they still need to get their licenses), including:

  • Horseshoe Casino
  • MGM National Harbor
  • Live! Casino & Hotel
  • Ocean Downs Casino
  • Rocky Gap Casino
  • Maryland State Fairgrounds
  • And more

Each of these retail sportsbooks will have its own unique atmosphere and player-friendly odds, so you may wish to check out several of them before deciding on your favorite. At the time of this writing, there aren’t any direct partnerships between these sportsbooks and PGA Tour to speak of, though that could change between now and when the industry finally launches.

Popular PGA Championship Bets

The PGA Tour posts golfing tournaments and major matches all year round, so there’s always something fun to bet on no matter when you like to wager. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular PGA Tour championships you’ll be able to bet on using Maryland sportsbooks one by one.

PGA Championship Finals

Naturally, the PGA Championship inspires quality betting lines each year; it’s the most-watched golf game overall. Therefore, mobile and retail sportsbooks alike should include futures bets and special wagering lines for all championship games, no matter who’s playing and where the tournament takes place.

If you want the maximum possible payout, you’ll try to wager on who will win the tournament overall. But prop bets and parlay bets will also be possible depending on the sportsbook you choose to use. 

PGA Majors

The PGA Majors are a collection of four major tournaments, including the US Open, the British Open Championship, the above-mentioned PGA Championship, and the Masters Tournament. This collection of major tournaments always brings some great betting markets and wagering lines across sportsbooks.

Expect to find serious betting lines for PGA Tour events in these markets. You’ll likely need to have some knowledge of golfing as a game in order to wager successfully.

World Golf Championships

Most sportsbooks will also let you place bets on PGA World Golf Championships games. These wagering lines usually draw international wagers, too. Your best bet (pun intended) to find good betting lines is to use a larger sportsbook operator that’s known for good international wagering opportunities, like BetMGM, DraftKings, and more.

Players Championships

Also included among the best PGA championship bets are the players’ championships, which have you wager on the performance of elite golfers from around the world. Fortunately, player championships don’t have to take place in Maryland for you to access betting lines on your favorite sportsbooks.

These can be great ways to place prop bets or simply to support your favorite PGA Tour golfing competitor.

Extra Bets For Maryland Sportsbooks

Maryland in particular benefits from special betting lines due to the BWM Championship: a major PGA event scheduled for August each year. When August comes around, be sure to check your favorite sportsbook for wagering lines related to this event, plus odds boosts or other special opportunities.

What Kinds Of Bets Can Be Placed On PGA Events?

Any mobile or retail sportsbook that offers PGA wagering will necessarily provide a wide array of wager types, betting lines, and special wagering opportunities or promotions. Some of the most common PGA wagers you’ll be able to place include:

  • Round leader wagers, which are short-term bets where you wager on which golfer will be the match leader for a specific round
  • Finishing position bets, where you wager on which golfers will finish within the top 10, 20, or 30 places in a given tournament
  • Head-to-head wagers, which are wagers where two PGA competitors are pitted against one another directly. These draw a lot of betting action since they often revolve around a prior rivalry. With these bets, you wager on who will win or gain more points overall throughout the season, tournament, or match
  • Golfer vs. field bets, which require you to bet on whether a specific golfer will beat the rest of the competition or if the other golfers in a match will outperform the chosen golfer in overall score
  • Each way bets, where you bet on whether a golfer will place highly or win within a certain points range, like being within the top three golfers in a given tournament

What Is A PGA Futures Bet?

PGA futures bets are wagers that concern the outcome of future events, like championship winners or overall golfer performance during the current season. As an example, futures wagers will be put up as soon as the players for the 2021 PGA Championship are announced. Once the names are announced, you’ll be able to bet on which player will win the tournament outright.

Futures bets are potentially profitable since the earlier you put your money down, the greater your potential payout will be. Vice versa for putting your money down right before the tournament concludes.

How To Place Prop Bets On PGA Events

Prop or proposition bets are also popular for PGA Tour markets, just like they are for the markets of other sports leagues and industries. In essence, prop bets involve betting on a specific outcome or action during a specific game, not necessarily who wins a round or match.

As a result, many prop bets are relatively unique compared to other wager types. They can include whether a player will hit a hole in one, whether a player will reach a specific score, whether a player will hit the ball into a sandpit, and so on.

All PGA Tour sportsbooks in Maryland will allow you to place each of the above wagers. However, some sportsbooks will have slightly better wager line variety and choice than others. Generally, those sportsbooks with excellent market depth, like BetMGM or DraftKings, will have plenty of PGA Tour bet variety for you to check out, too.

How PGA Betting Odds Are Calculated

The betting odds for PGA Tour matches and players are always calculated by line makers (essentially professional statisticians that work for sports agencies and organizations).

The odds are calculated to ensure that both sides of a wager have an opportunity for profit, whether you like to bet on the favorite or the underdog. That said, those willing to risk it and wager on the underdog or least likely outcome in a given betting line will have a greater opportunity for profit than those who play it safe and who bet on the favorite player to win a match.

In addition, official sportsbooks will use official league data to calculate betting odds and determine the likelihood of player performance or match outcomes.

How To Bet On PGA In Maryland

Once sports wagering launches in Maryland officially, placing a PGA Tour bet should be quick and simple:

  • Either visit the retail sportsbook of your choice or choose a mobile sportsbook to download
  • If downloading a mobile sportsbook, you’ll need to provide some pieces of personal information to verify your identity before you can fund your account
  • In either case, you’ll fund your sports betting account using a check, cash, credit or debit card purchase, bank wiring transfer, and so on
  • Then you can browse the sportsbook’s betting lines and markets for PGA Tour wagers. Select the wager that looks most attractive to you and put your money down on the event. Depending on when you try to place your wager, certain tournaments or promotional opportunities could be available, making some betting lines especially good opportunities for profit
  • Then all you have to do is simply wait for the outcome of the bet!

Remember that many mobile sportsbooks in Maryland will include opening bonuses for new account holders. These opening bonuses could include free bet or free site credit and they may allow you to try out a mobile app without risking any cash personally.

PGA Betting FAQs

How popular is PGA in Maryland?

The PGA Tour is fairly popular in Maryland, although other sports like football and basketball are also major forces in the budding sports wagering market in this state.

Is it legal to bet on PGA matches and events in Maryland?

Technically, yes, but there aren’t any active sportsbooks to place bets at this time. That should change sometime over the next few weeks or months.

Where will Maryland residents be able to bet on PGA matches?

Once sports betting launches, Maryland residents will be of the bet on PGA Tour and other golf games at both retail sportsbooks and using mobile apps, of which there will be over 60 choices total.

Are there any partnerships with Maryland sportsbooks and PGA tournament organizations?

Not at this time, but that could change since sports wagering hasn’t launched in Maryland quite yet.

Will live and in-game betting be available for PGA matches in Maryland?

Yes, in-game betting will be available for PGA matches and other sports in Maryland once the industry as a whole launches.

Will all sportsbooks offer PGA betting in Maryland?

Most likely. While some sportsbooks may draw partnerships with PGA Tour and other organizations, it’s unlikely that PGA wagering will be limited to a single book or operator.

About the Author

Amber Hoffman

Amber Hoffman is the Executive 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.