Maryland Retail Sportsbooks

Retail sportsbook locations in Maryland, including in Baltimore, are now available and taking bets. 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 mid to late 2022.

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

Live Sportsbooks In Maryland Now Open

There are currently five sportsbooks open in Maryland:

A sixth casino, Bingo World in Baltimore, could be the next retail casino to offer sports betting. In February, BetRivers Sportsbook became the latest sports betting platform to qualify for a potential operator license in Maryland, and if approved, BetRivers would be the official sports betting operator at Bingo World.

    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 – was in 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 but within the District of Columbia. The hope is to draw sports franchises to Maryland 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 sports betting in Maryland looks bright indeed.

    Online Sports Betting Partnerships In Maryland

    Major sports betting operators have partnered with casinos in Maryland to open retail sportsbooks. 

    DraftKings

    A partnership was announced between DraftKings and the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 18, 2021. Branding will be at the stadium and official Ravens media, such as 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.

    BetMGM

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

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

    Caesars

    Caesars 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. Every bet placed on the app will get your points towards rewards. While Maryland bettors can only bet at Caesars Sportsbook in-person at Horseshoe Casino, they can expect to see a Caesars Sportsbook mobile app in 2022.

    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.

    PointsBet

    Riverboat on the Potomac is an off-track betting spot in Colonial Beach that will open a PointsBet retail sportsbook. There will likely be access to the mobile app through the OTB when online betting goes 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

    Ocean Downs Casino partnered with TwinSpires Sportsbook to open a retail sportsbook inside the casino, which opened its doors on December 16, 2021. The partnership will also allow the use of TwinSpires Sportsbook app in Maryland.

    More sportsbooks like BetRivers are expected to partner with other casinos and sports franchises in the near future.

    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 manner of sports wagers on your chosen app or at any retail sports betting location.

    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 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 which baseball team will win the World Series in the MLB.

    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, such as a player winning MVP, a football player making 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 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 at or on licensed, regulated sportsbooks like official mobile apps.

    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.

    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 four retail casinos in Maryland with more expected to open. BetMGM, FanDuel, Caesars, and TwinSpires currently have sportsbooks open to visitors around the state. 

    Where can you place sports bets in Maryland?

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

    • BetMGM – MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill
    • FanDuel – Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland in Hanover
    • Caesars – Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore
    • TwinSpires – Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin

    Online sports betting is expected to be available by mid to late 2022.

     

    Are there any Maryland casinos with sportsbooks?

    Yes, there are four sportsbooks at Maryland casinos now open and taking bets: TwinSpires at Ocean Downs, Caesars Sportsbook at Horseshoe Casino, and BetMGM at MGM National Harbor.

    Is horse race betting allowed in Maryland sportsbooks?

    Yes. Horse race betting is actually already allowed in Maryland at various race tracks or off-track betting parlors.

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

    You need to be 21 years of age or older to participate at any legal sportsbooks in Maryland.

    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.

    What are the taxes on sports betting revenue in Maryland?

    There is a 15% tax rate on sports betting revenue at both retail locations. Online sportsbooks will require the same.

    Is FanDuel offering sports betting in Maryland?

    Yes. FanDuel Sportsbook is available at Live! Hotel & Casino in Hanover, MD. 

    FanDuel also offers daily fantasy sports and will likely release a sports betting app once the online industry launches.

    About the Author

    Amber Hoffman

    Amber Hoffman is Managing 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.