PGA Betting In Maryland

Maryland is rapidly becoming one of the most gambling-friendly states in the country, as retail and online sports wagering are both legal and have launched in the state. Golf fans and bettors may be interested in betting on PGA events. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from PGA betting in Maryland.

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 in first bet insurancePGA Championship, Majors Tournament, World Golf Championships
FanDuel$1,000 in first bet insurancePGA Championship, Majors Tournament, World Golf Championships

Where Can You Bet On The PGA In Maryland?

There are many options for where you can bet on PGA tournaments in Maryland. Some of the sportsbooks to place PGA bets 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

PGA betting lines should be available at the majority of retail and online sportsbooks in Maryland.

Online Sportsbooks

The first online sportsbook platforms have launched in Maryland, with more to come in the weeks and months ahead. They will undoubtedly be one of the most popular ways to place PGA bets. Maryland doesn’t have any in-person requirement for account registration or wager placing, so you can enjoy PGA betting from the comfort of your home. Even better, top mobile sportsbooks like DraftKings, BetRivers, and FanDuel make it easy to place wagers from your phone, so you can place bets anywhere in the state. 

Retail Sportsbooks

Of course, for some sports wagerers, nothing beats the atmosphere and in-person pleasure of putting money down on PGA events and tournaments at a retail sportsbook. Luckily, there are a number of retail sportsbooks in Maryland that include:

  • 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. 

Popular PGA Championship Bets

The PGA Tour puts on golf tournaments all year, 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 events you can bet on using Maryland sportsbooks.

PGA Championship

The PGA Championship inspires quality betting lines each year. Therefore, online and retail sportsbooks alike should include futures bets and special wagering lines for the tournament. One option is to wager on who will win the tournament. But prop bets and parlay bets may also be available. 

The Majors and The Players Championship

The majors are a series of the four most important tournaments, including the US Open, the British Open, the aforementioned PGA Championship, and the Masters. The majors always brings some great betting markets and wagering lines across sportsbooks. Another significant event is The Players Championship. While it isn’t quite as prestigious as the four majors, it’s often regarded as the next most important tournament, and it always draws a large field of the world’s top golfers. 

World Golf Championships

Most sportsbooks will also let you place bets on PGA World Golf Championships events. Your best way to find good betting lines is to use a larger sportsbook operator that’s known for good international wagering opportunities like BetMGM or DraftKings.

Extra Bets For Maryland Sportsbooks

Maryland in particular benefits from special betting lines due to the BMW Championship, a significant PGA event held in August each year in nearby Delaware. When August comes around, be sure to check your favorite sportsbook for wagering lines related to this event and 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 provide a wide array of wager types, betting lines, and special wagering opportunities or promotions. Some of the most common PGA wagers 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 golfers 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 perform better in the round or tournament
  • Golfer vs. field bets, which require you to bet on whether a specific golfer will beat the rest of the field or if any of the other golfers will win. This kind of bet is typically only available when there is a huge favorite on the course

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 odds will be put up as soon as the players for the PGA Championship are announced. You can then bet on which player will win the tournament.

How To Place Prop Bets On PGA Events

Prop or proposition bets are also popular for PGA Tour events. In essence, prop bets involve betting on a specific outcome or action during a specific event, 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 sand trap, and so on.

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.

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.

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

How To Bet On The PGA In Maryland

Now that sports wagering has launched in Maryland, 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 account using a check, cash, credit or debit card purchase, wire 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 and put your money down. 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 online sportsbooks in Maryland will include opening bonuses for new account holders. These opening bonuses could include free bets or free site credit.

PGA Betting FAQs

How popular is the 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 the state.

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

Yes it is. Bettors in Maryland can place wagers on PGA events at either online or retail sportsbooks.

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

There are a number of online sportsbooks that have launched in Maryland that bettors can use to place wagers on PGA events. They can also place wagers at one of the retail sportsbooks in the state

Will live betting be available for PGA matches in Maryland?

Yes, live betting will be available for PGA events in Maryland.

Will all sportsbooks offer PGA betting in Maryland?

Most likely. The PGA is popular enough to warrant a fair amount of betting opportunities.

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.