Start of NFL Season Leads to Big Spike in Maryland Sports Betting

The start of the NFL season led to a big month for retail sportsbooks in Maryland. Maryland Lottery and Gaming announced that the seven sportsbooks contributed $984,308 to the state for September.

The total sports betting handle for the month was more than $31.3 million, bringing the year’s total to $65.5 million. The sports betting handle is limited to retail betting because MD betting still has not launched online wagering.

Sportsbooks have the start of the NFL season to thank for a large increase in handle from August. September’s handle saw a 68.2% increase from the previous month’s handle of $477,840. 

The September totals make it the second-best month since legal sports betting launched in December 2021. Only January 2022 had a higher total handle with $32.5 million. 

Each sportsbook must contribute 15% of its taxable winnings to the state which goes to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund. The fund helps support public education in the state. 

Maryland Sports Betting Breakdown

Maryland currently has seven operating retail sportsbooks, and each of them saw a large increase in handle from August. FanDuel’s sportsbook at Live! Casino & Hotel and BetMGM at MGM National Harbor were the big earners bringing in a combined total handle of $21.3 million. 

With both NFL and college football in full swing, it’s likely that the numbers will continue to rise throughout the fall. 

The total contributions and handles for each of the seven sportsbooks in September:

  • Live! Casino & Hotel (FanDuel) $12,738,889 and a $457,440 contribution
  • MGM National Harbor (BetMGM) $8,639,400 and a $226,662 contribution
  • Horseshoe Casino (Caesars Sportsbook) $4,916,390 and a $157,329 contribution
  • Hollywood Casino Perryville (Barstool Sports) $2,548,876 and a $51,524 contribution
  • Ocean Downs Casino (TwinSpires) $1,806,095 and a $63,734 contribution
  • Bingo World (BetRivers) $708,612 and a $26,379 contribution 
  • Riverboat on the Potomac (PointsBet) $17.807 and a $1,236 contribution

Riverboat on the Potomac is the latest sportsbook to open, having opened its doors on Sept. 8. 

More retail sportsbooks are on the way with Betfred Sportsbook partnering with Long Shot’sDraftKings partnering with Timonium Racetrack, and Greenmount Station having been awarded a license. 

Mobile Sports Betting Progress

The launch process for mobile sports betting in Maryland has been a rollercoaster leading to a lot of frustration from sports bettors in the state. 

Potential licensees still have until Oct. 21 to submit applications to Maryland Lottery and Gaming (MLG). Once those are in and MLG qualifies applicants the applications will be sent over to Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) for approval. Then once SWARC determines applicants are qualified MLG can complete the final steps before each business can start taking mobile bets.  

MLG has had a hard time committing to a specific start date with the Super Bowl having previously been a target. Now it seems that if the process goes smoothly we could see mobile sports wagering before the end of the year

As Maryland, inches closer to mobile sports betting, Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore recently applied for a mobile sports betting license. According to Maryland law, up to 60 mobile licenses could be awarded.

About the Author

Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.