Maryland Retail Sportsbooks

Sports betting is now available at several Maryland retail sportsbook locations. Many more could open throughout 2022.

Maryland has fully legalized sports wagering throughout the state. Casinos and gaming operators received licenses approved by multiple government authorities to launch sportsbooks at multiple venues. In addition to casinos, they will also be available at certain arenas and off-track betting facilities. Online sports betting is expected to launch in the second half of 2022.

With in-person sports betting now available, you should know about the sports betting venues in the state and where to find them. On this page we will break down everything there is to know about Maryland’s retail sports betting scene as it stands today. 

Live Sportsbooks In Maryland Now Open

The launch of online sports betting in Maryland is still on the horizon, and sports fans in the state can only place bets in person for the time being. Fortunately, Maryland has several retail casinos currently accepting sports wagers. As of August, there are six facilities in Maryland that are now taking sports bets. All six venues have partnered with different sportsbooks to offer sports betting at their locations. Five are casinos:

In early August, Bingo World in Baltimore, became the latest facility to accept sports wagers in Maryland. BetRivers Sportsbook is the official sports betting operator at Bingo World. The facility is the first Maryland retail sportsbook site outside of a casino, but it is not expected to be the last.

Maryland has three off-track betting sites: Riverboat on the Potomac, Long Shot’s, and Greenmount Station. All three locations have already been given sports betting licenses, but the approval process has not yet started. It would not be surprising to see these retail sports betting locations up and running sometime in 2022.

Online Sports Betting Partnerships In Maryland

Mobile betting apps are already live in a handful of other states, and they are expected to make their way to Maryland in the second half of 2022. Several major sports betting operators have already partnered with casinos in Maryland to open retail sportsbooks. Online sports betting partnerships in Maryland include:

DraftKings

DraftKings Sportsbook announced a partnership with the Baltimore Ravens last summer. For the upcoming NFL season, DraftKings branding will be seen throughout M&T Bank Stadium, as well as on official Ravens media. This includes a weekly podcast called “The Lounge” and the Gameday Insider show before contests.

It’s expected that the sportsbook will be linked to a retail location in the future. They already have their daily fantasy platform available in Maryland. In addition, we expect DraftKings to be one of the first mobile betting app available in Maryland when the industry launches.

BetMGM

BetMGM has partnered with MGM National Harbor to open a retail sportsbook inside its casino. The retail BetMGM Sportsbook opened last winter. In addition to the retail sportsbook, BetMGM’s mobile app will also be available for sports bettors in Maryland once the industry launches.

BetMGM became the official gaming partner of the Baltimore Ravens, so a retail sportsbook is also expected at M&T Bank Stadium at some point.

Caesars

Caesars Sportsbook opened a retail sportsbook inside Horseshoe Casino Baltimore thanks to a partnership, which also includes the use of the Caesars app for sports betting. The new Caesars app is powered by its Liberty technology and is linked to the Caesars Rewards program. Caesars offers one of the best reward systems out there, Caesars Rewards. While Maryland bettors can only bet at Caesars Sportsbook in-person at Horseshoe Casino, they can expect that the Caesars Sportsbook mobile app will be one of the first available in Maryland once the mobile betting industry launches.

FanDuel

FanDuel has partnered with Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel and opened a retail sportsbook inside the casino. The partnership will also allow FanDuel to operate its app in the state. The FanDuel mobile app has been one of the first to launch in states where mobile betting is legal, and it should be no different in Maryland.

PointsBet

PointsBet Sportsbook has partnered with off-track betting spot Riverboat on the Potomac in Colonial Beach. PointsBet is known for unique wagers like “PointsBetting,” and its mobile app is among the best in the industry. Much like DraftKings and FanDuel, we expect PointsBet to launch its mobile app in Maryland once mobile betting is live.

Barstool Sportsbook

Barstool Sportsbook is available inside Hollywood Casino Perryville after inking a partnership with the casino. The Barstool Sportsbook app is also expected to launch in Maryland this year.

TwinSpires Sportsbook

TwinSpires Sportsbook partnered with Ocean Downs Casino to open a retail sportsbook inside the casino, which opened its doors last winter. The partnership will also allow the use of TwinSpires Sportsbook app in Maryland.

BetRivers Sportsbook

BetRivers Sportsbook partnered with Bingo World in Baltimore earlier this year, and in August Bingo World became the latest facility to accept sports wagers in Maryland. It is the first Maryland retail sportsbook site to operate outside of a casino, but it is not expected to be the last. Maryland’s three off-track betting sites are also expected to open retail sportsbooks at some time in the near future.

Legal Sports Betting In Maryland

According to Maryland’s sports betting legislation, the industry allows for over 100 licenses in total, including up to 60 online sportsbook app licenses. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see this many active sportsbooks in the state, as there isn’t a large enough market for that much competition. Still, this is great for fans of particular sportsbooks who may be hoping that their chosen platform or retail sportsbook outlet may come to Maryland eventually.

HB 940 – the amended bill legalizing sports betting in Maryland – went into effect as of June 1, 2021, and retail sportsbooks opened their doors in Maryland in December 2021. 

Types Of Sports Betting Licenses

Maryland’s sportsbooks are awarded one of two licenses depending on their class. Class A licenses are reserved for the six commercial casinos in Maryland along with several sports arenas including:

  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles
  • M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens
  • FedEx Field, the home of the Washington Commanders
  • Maryland Jockey Club, which owns two big racetracks in Maryland

Furthermore, Maryland legislation has reserved three licenses for major sports leagues and franchises pending their relocation to Maryland. Teams that might take up this offer include DC United or the Washington Capitals, as these teams play their games near Maryland in the District of Columbia. The hope is to draw sports franchises to Maryland in order to benefit from increased ticket and tax revenue.

Class B licenses are reserved for any non-sports-related companies that want to offer sports betting. For example, commercial bingo parlors and standalone off-track betting parlors could potentially partner with one or more sportsbook operators.

Along with sports, you’ll also be able to bet on events like the Olympics, the Oscars, and more. Note that these current provisions could be adjusted if the Senate version of the sports betting bill is amended at any point. But for now, the future of Maryland sports betting looks bright indeed.

Types Of Bets Taken At Sportsbooks In Maryland

Since Maryland has set to minimize any possible restrictions on sports bets, you’ll likely be able to place all manners of sports wagers on your chosen app or at any retail sports betting location. No matter what you are looking to bet on, odds are you will be able to in Maryland. Common wagers include:

Moneyline Bets

Moneyline wagers are common offerings at sportsbooks, and for good reason. These basic wagers just have you bet on which team will win a particular game or match. They are offered at almost all sportsbooks due to their simplicity.

Futures Bets

Futures bets are also popular wagers, particularly among big sportsbooks. With futures bets, you place a wager on an upcoming event or tournament outcomes, such as who will be the Super Bowl champion in the NFL or which baseball team will win the World Series in Major League Baseball.

Futures odds constantly change throughout the season as oddsmakers adjust the lines based on team performances. Because of that, futures wagers have the potential for high payouts if you put money down earlier in the season as opposed to later in the season.

Prop Bets

Many sportsbooks will also likely offer prop betting markets. Proposition bets are basic but flexible bets that involve wagering on single events within a game or season. This can include a player winning MVP, a football player scoring a touchdown, and so on.

Prop bets are particularly popular with new sports bettors since they are easy to grasp and can focus on a wide range of activities or event outcomes. 

Parlay

Many top sportsbooks will probably offer parlay bets. With parlay bets, you string together lots of single successive bets and have to get each wager correct in the collective parlay bet to get your payout.

Parlay bets have a high potential for profit but are usually only placed by experienced sports bettors due to their higher inherent risk.

Spread

Spread bets are another common offering at most mobile sports betting platforms. With spread bets, you bet that either the favorite team will win the game by more than a certain number of points or that the underdog team will win the game at all or lose by less than a certain number of points. This is called “betting the spread”.

Over/Under

Over/under bets are popular for their simplicity. With these bets, the betting line has a set total score for a given match, and bettors put money down on whether they think both teams involved in a match will score more or less than the betting line points total.

Maryland Sports Betting Guide

Maryland’s sports betting industry is now open and will only continue to expand. Let’s break down what you need to know about betting in Maryland so you are ready when the mobile apps finally launch.

Is It Legal To Bet On Sports At Off-Shore Sportsbooks?

No, and it never will be. Sports betting is legal in Maryland provided that the wagers take place using licensed and regulated sportsbook apps, or at licensed retail locations.

If you decide to use an offshore or illegal betting site, you could still get in trouble with the law. You don’t want to do this anyway, because offshore and illegal betting apps have subpar digital security and can seriously compromise your personal information.

They don’t offer good betting lines or player-friendly odds and there’s nothing stopping them from taking any funds you provide to your account. It’s a much better bet to stick with licensed, regulated apps or to visit legal retail sportsbooks.

Maryland Sports Betting Timeline

The push for legal sports betting in Maryland really began in November 2020, when a provisional referendum was added to the November 2020 ballot. Voters were given the opportunity to vote on whether they wanted legal sports wagering in their state.

The voters were clear and lawmakers began drafting potential sports wagering bills. The Maryland General Assembly then had to pass legislation in order to regulate and authorize any new gambling industry. It took six months in total, but in April 2021 the House and Senate both provided bills to Gov. Larry Hogan. The governor signed the bills in May 2021 and made sports wagering fully official in Maryland.

Retail sportsbooks opened in Maryland in December 2021, and bettors can expect to see more partnerships between sportsbook operators and casinos or sports franchises in 2022. Mobile betting is expected to launch in the second half of 2022, but the process seems to be moving slower than initially expected.

3 Best Online Sports Betting Apps In Maryland

While we don’t know for sure which sports betting apps will launch in Maryland, we can make some educated guesses based on the retail sportsbooks now available, as well as announced partnerships. In our opinion, the best online sports betting apps likely to launch in Maryland include:

DraftKings

This app also has an excellent opening bonus to draw in new players and some of the best betting market depth and variety in the industry. Live and in-play betting makes this one of the best sportsbooks for betting enthusiasts who want a major sportsbook platform to return to time and again.

BetMGM

This is a relatively new but still excellent mobile app. It features an intuitive user interface designed explicitly for mobile devices rather than desktop computers, an excellent opening bonus, and live betting to round out a host of other excellent features.

FanDuel

A well-reviewed and well-developed sportsbook operator that has one of the best mobile apps in the industry. This app has a phenomenal opening bonus worth up to $1,000 (in the form of a risk-free bet), excellent betting markets, and more.

Maryland Sportsbooks FAQs

Can you gamble on sports in Maryland?

Yes. Legal sportsbooks are now available at six retail locations in Maryland with more expected to open in the coming months. Sportsbooks such as BetMGM, FanDuel, Caesars, and TwinSpires currently have retail betting locations open to visitors around the state. 

Where can you place sports bets in Maryland?

Maryland sports bettors can visit one of these five casinos to place bets in person:

  • MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill
  • Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland in Hanover
  • Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore
  • Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin
  • Hollywood Casino Perryville

Bets can also be placed at the only non-casino retail sports betting location at Bingo World in Baltimore. All of these locations take sports bets on a wide variety of events, including college sports. In addition to these retail betting locations, Maryland online sports betting apps are expected to be available in the state in the second half of 2022.

 

Is horse race betting allowed in Maryland sportsbooks?

Yes. Horse race betting is allowed in Maryland at various race tracks or off-track betting parlors. Believe it or not, betting on horse racing was actually legal in Maryland before sports betting was.

How old do you have to be to enter a Maryland sportsbook?

You need to be 21 years of age or older in order to participate at any legal sportsbooks in Maryland. This is the age you are required to be in order to participate in any gambling activity in the state.

Do Maryland sportsbooks offer live or in-game betting?

Most of them do, but not all. Most popular sportsbooks throughout the country already offer live betting. This allows sports fans to bet as the action is unfolding. So if you happen to miss the beginning of the game, there is no need to worry!

Is FanDuel offering sports betting in Maryland?

Yes. FanDuel Sportsbook is available at Live! Hotel & Casino in Hanover. This allows Maryland sports fans to bet with FanDuel in-person. FanDuel also offers daily fantasy sports in Maryland and will likely be one of the first sports betting apps available in Maryland once the online industry launches.

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a Content Manager and sportswriter covering all things gambling and sports betting. Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan and a believer that every loss is a bad beat and every win is easy money.