Betting On The Super Bowl In Maryland

Maryland is in the final stages of sports betting legalization. John Martin, the director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, hopes to get sports betting live in either “late fall” or “early winter.” That would make it a little late for bettors to bet on the early NFL games. But that deadline would give Marylanders the chance to bet on the Super Bowl. 

Super Bowls aren’t sure things in sportsbooks, either. In 2021, the Buccaneers went into the Super Bowl as underdogs, then won handily. If 2022 is another great year for an underdog, then Maryland bettors could luck out with some great bets. 

Current Super Bowl Odds In Maryland

 BetMGM MarylandFanDuel MarylandPointsBet Maryland
Bonus Offer$1,000 risk-free bet$1,000 risk-free betTwo risk-free bets totaling $2,000
KC Chiefs Odds+450+500+500
TB Buccaneers Odds+650+500+600
BUF Bills Odds+1100+1300+1200
GB Packers Odds+1400+1300+1100
SF 49ers Odds+1400+1300+1300

KC Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs are returning to an old strategy this season. They’ve kept all four of their tight ends this year, which suggests an emphasis on short pass plays. It’ll be a strategy to watch for through the Super Bowl, especially if the Chiefs end up against a team with a strong short-range defense. 

TB Buccaneers

The Buccaneers were the underdogs going into the Super Bowl last year, but they’re listed almost equivalently with the Chiefs. The Buccaneers kept Tom Brady, which probably lowers their futures odds. Since the Buccaneers were the Super Bowl winners last year, their odds of winning will likely be over-inflated during the beginning of the season. 

BUF Bills

After the last NFL season, the Buffalo Bills saw an opportunity to improve its defensive line. So it’s been a critical area of focus during the off-season. This enhanced focus could push the Bills to the Super Bowl. Combined with the team’s renewed focus on tackling technique, the Bills could improve their chances to reach and win the Super Bowl in 2022. 

GB Packers

The Green Bay Packers’ odds to win the Super Bowl may be inflated this year. During the off-season, Aaron Rodgers considered retiring or leaving the Packers. As he eyes a future beyond the Packers, team dynamics may decrease the Packers’ effectiveness on the field. If that’s the case, the Packers’ odds of winning the Super Bowl may diminish as the season wears on. 

SF 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers traded up to the number three draft pick to get their hands on a new quarterback. Trey Lance became the 49ers’ newest backup quarterback. Since the 49ers have their old quarterback in place and Lance is already performing well on the field, the 49ers may be undervalued underdogs this season. 

Where Can I Bet On The Super Bowl In Maryland? 

Betting On The Super Bowl Online In Maryland 

Online sports betting will be the most convenient betting option for Marylanders. It’ll be available statewide, so bettors will be able to wager from their devices.

Maryland is shaping up to be one of the most diverse sports betting industries in the United States. It’ll allow up to 60 online sportsbook operators, so bettors should expect plenty of choices. Maryland’s expected roster of the online sportsbooks that’ll be ready at launch is already full of big names: 

Each of these sportsbooks is a major player in the United States’ sports betting industry. Most of them already have partnerships with resorts and casinos in Maryland, too. These are only the most likely to launch first. There are many smaller sportsbook companies and new companies that may apply for one of Maryland’s sports betting licenses. 

For bettors waiting on the Super Bowl, they can get an idea of where the odds are before sports betting goes live. The top teams are mostly the same across the sportsbooks:

 FanDuel Odds
KC Chiefs+500
TB Buccaneers+500
LA Rams+1300
BUF Bills+1300
GB Packers+1300
SF 49ers+1300
BAL Ravens+1500
SEA Seahawks+1700
CLE Browns+1700

If bettors want to leverage their betting money, then they can take advantage of a welcome bonus or one of the smaller ongoing promotions that sportsbooks offer. For example, bettors can take advantage of BetMGM’s $1,000 risk-free bet or find one of DraftKings’ smaller sport-specific promotions.

Major sportsbooks will have football promotions throughout the NFL season that bettors can earn. So, bettors should keep an eye out when sports betting goes live in the state. 

Sportsbook Locations In Maryland 

The full list of retail locations will update all the time once Maryland sports betting goes live. But in the meantime, we have a good idea of where sports bettors will be able to place their first retail sports bets and with whom: 

Bettors will be able to place futures bets or bet right before games at retail sportsbooks. Mobile sportsbooks have already forged partnerships with these locations. So, they’re expected to be the first retail sports betting locations. 

History Of Baltimore Ravens Championships

The Baltimore Ravens are due for a Super Bowl win. Their last one was in 2013 when they beat the 49ers 34-31. The last one before that was back in 2001 in a blowout win against the Giants. These were proud moments for all of Maryland, and this year, Marylanders could have another one.

In fact, the Ravens and the 49ers are both early contenders to win the Super Bowl this year. That’s based on early predictions, but sometimes the bettors pick the right team early. 

Quarterback Lamar Jackson may be one of the best hopes for Baltimore to win the Super Bowl this year. In 2019, he was the NFL’s MVP. He set multiple records on the field, including becoming the youngest quarterback to earn a perfect “passer rating” and becoming the first player to rush for over 60 yards in seven consecutive games. Since gaining more experience on the football field, Jackson has increased the Ravens’ chances of making it to another Super Bowl and winning. 

Off-Season Odds Breakdown For The Baltimore Ravens

Although the Baltimore Ravens aren’t in sportsbooks’ top five teams to win the Super Bowl, they’re close. Here’s where some of the major sportsbooks list the Ravens’ futures odds: 

  • DraftKings +1,400
  • FanDuel +1,500
  • BetMGM +1,400

That’s right behind the 49ers, who the Ravens beat in 2013. The Ravens are close to the top of sportsbooks already because of the strong off-season that the Ravens had. Although they lost some strong players, like Yannick Ngakoue, Matthew Judson, and Orlando Brown Jr., the Ravens’ draft picks made up for those losses. 

The Ravens got some good offensive players during the draft. They got free agents:

  • Alejandro Villanueva – Offensive Tackle 
  • Kevin Ziegler – Offensive Guard 
  • Sammy Watkins – Wide Receiver

Although there’s been some grumbling about Sammy Watkins being a second or third choice pick for the Ravens, he’s got all the hallmarks of a valuable player. The rest of the offensive line is built out well, too. With Ben Cleaveland as an offensive lineman, the Ravens are signaling their commitment to a strong offense this year. 

But what’s really interesting is what the Ravens have done with their cornerbacks. They’ve traded Shaun Wade to the New England Patriots. They also drafted Brandon Stephens as a cornerback and are now transitioning him to a safety position. The Ravens seem to be stepping up their short-pass game alongside their strong running game. 

To recap, the Ravens made these major moves during the off-season: 

  • Signed free agent Alejandro Villanueva
  • Signed free agent Kevin Ziegler 
  • Signed free agent Sammy Watkins 
  • Signed Ben Cleaveland 
  • Drafted Brandon Stephens as cornerback, then transitioned him to safety
  • Traded Shaun Wade 

Bettors should expect the Ravens to have a particularly strong offensive line this year, giving them a good shot at a Super Bowl victory. That should help in their quest to find a reliable running back after multiple injuries before the season began. JK Dobbins, Justice Hill, Gus Edwards, and Marcus Peters are all running backs on the Baltimore roster that got hit with season-ending injuries prior to their week 1 kickoff. 

NFL Super Bowl Odds And Betting 

There are a few different types of bets that bettors will be able to place on the Super Bowl. The main ones are moneylines, point spreads, and point totals. However, bettors can also place futures and prop bets, which are different from the game lines that bettors will see day in and day out.

What Are The NFL Game Lines? 

The game lines are moneylines, point spreads, and point totals. When bettors wager on a game or place live bets, these are the wagers they’ll make most commonly. Moneyline bets are wagers on who will win the game. So, bettors who want to bet on Ravens wins can place moneyline bets. 

Bettors who are interested in the score have two options. They can place point spread bets, which are bets on whether an NFL team will score more or less than a set number of points. They can also place point total bets, which are bets on what the total number of points scored between both teams will be.

These give Ravens fans chances to bet on the game without having to bet on the opposing team’s victory. So even when the Ravens are clearly outmatched, bettors don’t have to admit it in their wagers. 

What Is An NFL Futures Bet? 

NFL futures bets are bets on who will win the Super Bowl. While game lines are set weeks in advance, futures bets are set months in advance. These are high-risk, high-reward bets that can be volatile throughout the season.

So, bettors can cash in on an unlikely winner while the odds are long. Or they can cash in on the obvious winner from the start before the odds dip too low. Calling futures correctly is tough work, so the rewards for doing so are fantastic. 

What Is A Super Bowl Prop Bet? 

Prop bets are fun bets that cover everything that the first four bets haven’t. They can cover wagers on hilariously specific details of the Super Bowl. The length of the national anthem is a common prop bet.

But bettors will also find bets on who will score the first and last touchdowns, who will score the most points in a given half or quarter, and which of two players will gain the most yards. There are endless combinations of prop bets that bettors can find if the game lines are uninteresting and the futures are too risky. 

How Super Bowl Betting Odds Are Calculated 

Betting odds on the Super Bowl are revised and adjusted up to the minute. Super Bowl futures change throughout the season as oddsmakers collect more data about the NFL teams. Even though the odds have house advantages built-in, they reflect a rough estimation of the team’s chances of winning or making the spread. (Once bettors inject their opinions and money, that stops being true.) So throughout the season, the Ravens’ Super Bowl odds will change alongside everyone else’s. 

For example, if bettors place a futures bet, or when the time comes, a game line bet, on the Ravens during the Super Bowl, there are a few ways that the bet could go. Bettors could lose their bets, in which case, they’d be paid nothing. 

But if bettors win, their payouts depend on whether the odds are positive or negative. If odds are negative, then bettors must wager the value of the odds to win $100. So a $240 on -240 odds would win bettors $100.

If odds are positive, then bettors have to wager $100 to win the value of the odds. So if bettors bet $100 on +240 odds, then bettors would win $240. Unsurprisingly, favorites (negative odds) have lower payouts than underdogs (positive odds). Sportsbooks aren’t going to reward bettors big wins for calling easy wins. 

These odds are set by oddsmakers who know football well and who know how to keep sportsbooks profitable. They respond to trades, injuries, and other major developments that can change the balance between teams. They’re as engaged in the games, stats, players, and teams, if not more engaged, than the biggest NFL fans. They couldn’t set the odds any other way. 

How To Place Online Super Bowl Bets In Maryland 

When sports betting goes live in Maryland, bettors will be able to place bets online from anywhere in-state. First, bettors have to find a sportsbook. They can choose one based on welcome bonuses, ongoing promotions, or odds trends. Once bettors find a sportsbook, they can register accounts, make their first deposits, and after their first wins, cash out. 

After bettors download an app, they’ll need to create their accounts. It’s mostly the same as creating an online account at any other site. However, after bettors create their logins and input their information, they’ll provide all or part of their social security numbers.

This allows sportsbooks to check who they’re sending winnings to. They can’t accept money from money launderers, terrorists, or other prohibited bettors. So they have identity checks in place. (It’s also why withdrawals take longer than deposits.) After that, bettors set their security questions, check a few boxes, and they’re ready to make their first deposits. 

To make their first deposits, bettors select their desired deposit method. They vary across sportsbooks, but the common ones include bank transfers, credit and debit cards, Play+ cards, VIP Preferred e-checks, and PayPal. Then bettors select the amount they want to deposit and the money will be ready immediately. 

Withdrawals are another story. If bettors have winnings to withdraw, bettors can place a withdrawal request. They select their withdrawal method and the amount they’d like to withdraw. Bettors will have to wait three to five business days for the funds to move, though. The identity checks are thorough, and the price that sportsbooks pay for awarding winnings to a prohibited bettor is staggering. So, bettors have to be prepared to wait for their winnings. 

But after that, repeating the cycle is simple. 

Betting Odds On The Super Bowl FAQs

Is Betting On The Super Bowl Legal In Maryland?

It’s legal, but bettors won’t have any legal outlets for sports betting until sportsbooks go live. Bettors will have retail and online sportsbooks to choose from. That’ll give bettors ways to branch out from casual office pools. Bettors will also be able to bet at sportsbooks in whichever states they’re legal in. So, if bettors travel to another state, they may have sportsbooks to bet at when they reach their final destinations.

How Old Do Maryland Bettors Have To Be Top Bet On The Super Bowl?

21. Retail sportsbooks will be hosted in places with liquor licenses. So, sportsbooks won’t be treated like lottery, parimutuel, or charity bingo. Sportsbooks will be placed at the same tier as casino gaming with the same high gambling age. 

Where Can I Bet On The Super Bowl If I’m In Maryland?

Bettors can bet on mobile sportsbook apps and websites when they launch in Maryland. That’ll give bettors access to sports betting from anywhere in the state. However, there will also be retail sportsbooks at select locations. Bettors can find them by looking up who the legal sportsbooks are partnered with.

Is Betting On The Super Bowl Safe?

Yes. Sportsbooks are some of the most secure and heavily regulated commercial products in the United States. Their digital infrastructure is tested by the state’s gaming commission before launch, so bettors only have safe products to use. Sportsbooks also want to continue launching in new states, so they’re incentivised to prioritize data security.

Do Maryland Sportsbooks Offer Live In-Game Betting During The Super Bowl?

Yes. Live betting is the bread and butter of many sportsbooks. For them, Super Bowl live betting will be one of the most profitable activities of the year. Live betting is often put front and center on a sprotsbook’s home page. When the day comes, Maryland’s sportsbooks will make sure live betting is not only available, but easily accessible.

Can I Bet On Off-Field Events During The Super Bowl?

Yes. Prop bets cover some of the off-field events that are fun—and at this point, traditional—to bet on. For example, bettors will likely be able to place an over/under on the length of either the national anthem or the high note just before the end. Bets on the coin toss are common, too. Whatever bettors are looking for, there’s probably a fun bet available for them.

Who Is The Current Favorite To Win The 2022 Super Bowl?

The Chiefs are currently favored to win Super Bowl LVI. However, that’s only because the odds have been set right after the Chiefs made it to the previous Super Bowl. The favorite can change dramatically throughout the new NFL season. So don’t put too much stock in early futures odds.

About the Author

Christopher Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a senior contributor and analyst at Maryland Sharp, with a focus on the sports betting industry and the financial and political impact of gaming on the state.