Maryland legalized sports betting within its borders in summer 2021. Residents don’t have access to betting outlets yet – neither retail sportsbooks nor mobile apps – but the expectation is both will become available in the coming months. Prospective Maryland sports bettors could see retail/brick-and-mortar locations open before online apps are launched. If Maryland follows a similar path as other states that have legalized sports betting, multiple brands will hit the market.
Baltimore Sportsbook Locations For Live Betting
There aren’t any retail sportsbook locations for Maryland residents to visit at the moment, but that will soon change with applications being accepted and licenses being granted. Five casinos – including one in Baltimore – have received licenses to house a sportsbook. Check back here for updates on these locations and others.
Horseshoe Casino In Baltimore
Horseshoe Casino is located in downtown Baltimore, not far from M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. It stands as the second-largest casino in Maryland with 122,000 square feet over two stories. Patrons are treated to high-end cuisine via three restaurants along with bars and lounges. The casino is owned by CBAC Gaming, a company under the Caesars Entertainment brand. Caesars Sportsbook is one of the prominent players in the sports betting industry, and state residents can expect it to carve out its place in the Maryland market. Horseshoe Casino is open 24 hours.
MGM National Harbor
As the name suggests, MGM National Harbor is owned and operated by MGM, owner of the BetMGM Sportsbook brand. The 23-story resort includes 308 rooms, 135,000 square feet in gaming space, and a variety of amenities spanning from restaurants: seven event spaces, VIP suites, and a 3,000-seat theater. MGM National Harbor is located in Oxon Hill, which is about an hour south of Baltimore. The casino at MGM National Harbor is open 24 hours.
Live! Casino & Hotel
Located in Hanover, Maryland, which is a short drive from Baltimore, Live! Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by The Cordish Companies. The casino resort features a six-story parking garage free to visitors and is open 24 hours. The complex includes 310 rooms, over 4,700 slot machines, a 52-table poker room, and over 100 tables for various card games. Live! Casino & Hotel forged a partnership with FanDuel Sportsbook.
Hollywood Casino Perryville
Maryland’s first casino, Hollywood Casino Perryville, is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties and operated by Penn National Gaming. It’s located a little less than an hour northeast of Baltimore in Perryville, Maryland. The casino is partnered with Barstool Sportsbook. Hollywood Casino Perryville is open 24 hours.
Ocean Downs Casino
Ocean Downs Casino is located in Berlin, Maryland, which is roughly 2.5 hours southeast of Baltimore. The casino is owned and operated by Churchill Downs Inc. Ocean Downs Casino features several restaurants and over 850 slots. The casino is open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and is partnered with TwinSpires.
Legal Sports Betting In Maryland
The ballot measure to legalize sports betting was approved by Maryland voters in 2020, paving the way for the state legislature to pass the measure and for Governor Larry Hogan to sign it into law.
Maryland’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) issued licenses to five casinos to operate as a sportsbook. It is expected that the five locations listed above will be joined by additional retail sportsbooks in the future. SWARC will issue up to 30 licenses total.
On the mobile sportsbook front, there remains debate over some of the finer details of its launch. It is in the plans for the state of Maryland, but the launch of mobile sportsbook apps remains behind the ETA of retail sportsbooks.
One of the debates surrounding the introduction of mobile sportsbook apps is whether to approve a uniform or staggered launch. A staggered launch would see the state issue a few licenses at a time on a rolling basis. This would result in the first mobile sportsbook app hitting the market sooner. The alternative is a uniform launch which would see several licenses issued at once. This would result in a longer wait.
Regardless of the direction SWARC ultimately takes with its launch of mobile sportsbook apps, Maryland bettors’ first sports wagering access will come through retail sportsbooks.
Other states in the region that have legalized sports betting include Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC.
Online Sports Betting Partnerships In Maryland
|Maryland Casino||Location||Sportsbook Partner|
|MGM National Harbor||Oxon Hill||BetMGM - Claim Up To A $1,000 Risk-Free Bet|
|Horseshoe Casino||Baltimore||Caesars - Claim A First Bet Match Up To $1,001|
|Live! Casino & Hotel||Hanover||FanDuel - Claim A $1,000 Risk-Free Bet|
|Ocean Downs Casino||Berlin||TwinSpires|
Types Of Bets Taken At Sportsbooks In Baltimore
Prospective Maryland bettors can feel confident that they’ll have access to a full menu of bet types when sports gambling launches. Among the betting options are the following:
These are among the most popular gambling odds. In money line odds, a minus (-) sign indicates the favorite and a plus (+) sign indicates the underdog.
In a game in which the Baltimore Ravens are favored to win, their moneyline odds may be -120. In this case, a bettor will be required to put up $120 for the chance to net $100 in the event of a Ravens victory.
If the Ravens are the underdog in a particular matchup, their odds may be +120. In this scenario, a bettor would put up $100 for the opportunity to net $120 for a Ravens victory.
Point Spread Bet
A point spread bet takes a money line wager a step further. It requires a team to “cover” a set line. For example, if the Ravens’ line is set at -2.5, they will need to win their game by a margin greater than 2.5 points. In reality, that means they need to win by 3 in order to cover the 2.5-point spread. Conversely, if the Ravens are an underdog at +2.5, they’ll need to lose by no more than 2 points in order to cover.
Different from an individual game, a futures bet commonly focuses on the odds of a team winning a championship, i.e. the Super Bowl. Futures odds are set following the conclusion of the previous season. These odds will fluctuate throughout the offseason and season based on a number of factors. A string of injuries or a key player acquisition can lead to a shift in these odds.
Totals Bet (aka “Over/Under”)
A bettor can wager on the total score of a game finishing over or under the set number. If a particular game has an over/under of 21.5, a fan betting on the over will want to see the two teams combine for at least 22 points.
In a parlay, a bettor will choose multiple bets for one ticket and each will need to hit in order for the parlay to pay off. The larger potential payoff from a winning parlay is appealing, but the increased odds reflect the heightened risk of this proposition.
A prop bet is a wager placed on the occurrence of a particular event that doesn’t necessarily affect the outcome of a game. It can be tied to an individual player (i.e. an over/under on the yards a player will total) or it can be team-focused (i.e., which team will score first). There is a wide variety of prop bets from which bettors can choose, and they’re especially popular in big sporting events like the Super Bowl.
Baltimore, Maryland Sports Betting Guide
3 Most Popular Sports For Sports Bettors In Maryland
With the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles calling Maryland home, it’s natural for residents in the state to gravitate toward football and baseball betting. The NFL is arguably the most popular sport in the United States, and fans who want a little extra excitement on gameday will often make a few wagers.
Baseball is “America’s pastime”, and though it may fall behind football on the popularity scale, there are 162 games on which fans can wager.
Number three in the sports popularity hierarchy – at least those that lend themselves to betting – would come down to professional basketball (NBA), hockey (NHL), or soccer (MLS). Neither of those sports leagues has Maryland-based teams, but each has a franchise in nearby Washington DC.
3 Best Online Betting Apps Coming To Maryland
There are a number of quality sportsbook apps and brands in the mobile betting industry, and they’re expected to hit the Maryland market when mobile sports betting launches. FanDuel Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, and BetMGM are three prominent players in the industry. Each one has a strong reputation and track record of success in states in which they’ve launched.
Each of the three sportsbook brands is partnered with a casino in the state of Maryland. FanDuel is partnered with Live! Casino & Hotel, Caesars is partnered with Horseshoe Casino, and BetMGM will serve as the sportsbook at MGM National Harbor. DraftKings is another prominent brand that could eventually make its way into the Maryland market as well, both in the retail and mobile spaces.
Esports Betting At Maryland Sportsbooks
Bettors will be able to wager on e-sports and competitive gaming in Maryland now that sports betting has been legalized. Under the law, eSports are treated as a competition that requires skill and strategy, and thus it will be treated under the same guidelines as any other sport or competition on which bettors in Maryland can wager.
Baltimore Sports Betting FAQs
Yes. It is legal for Maryland residents to gamble on sports in Maryland. Five casinos have received licenses to open sportsbooks in their venues. More licenses will be issued in the future along with the launch of mobile sports betting.
The first place Maryland residents will have access to make a sports wager is at one of the casinos that received a license to open a sportsbook on site. Those include Horseshoe Casino, MGM National Harbor, Live! Casino & Hotel, Hollywood Casino, and Ocean Downs Casino.
Sports betting was legalized in Maryland in summer of 2021. Upon legalization, sportsbooks were able to begin applying for licenses which are issued by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC).
Five Maryland casinos received licenses to open sportsbooks, and more are expected to receive licenses in the future. Eventually, up to 30 licenses could be issued between retail and mobile sportsbooks.
The legal sports gambling age in Maryland is 21 years old.
No. Maryland casinos do not allow their patrons to smoke.
Yes. Maryland bettors are required to pay taxes on betting winnings as it is considered income.