After a long process, Maryland mobile sports betting is set to launch on Nov. 23. The official launch date was announced by the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) on Nov. 17.
The launch will be just in time for bettors in Maryland to place bets on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which begins on Nov. 20. While Maryland sports bettors will miss the first few days of the tournament, there will be plenty of matches to wager on once online sports betting launches. Here’s everything you need to know about betting on the World Cup in Maryland.
Which Apps Are Likely To Launch First?
On Nov. 16 the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) awarded licenses to nine sportsbooks.
It’s not confirmed that all of these sportsbooks will be available but, likely, the big ones like Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM will go live on Nov. 23.
Bet on the World Cup in Maryland: Introduction to the 2022 Tournament
The 2022 World Cup is set to start on Nov. 20 and will run for close to a month with the final taking place on Dec. 18. The tournament will be played in Qatar, using five cities and eight venues. This is the first time that the tournament won’t be held during the summer. It had to be delayed due to the extreme heat in Qatar during the summer.
Thirty-two teams will be competing for a chance at the title. The teams are divided into eight groups of four to open the tournament with the group stage. Each team will play the other three teams in its group once apiece. The top two teams from each group will then advance to the round of 16 where it becomes a knockout tournament.
Brazil, Argentina, and France are the heavy favorites according to the oddsmakers with Spain and England following close behind. France will be looking to win back-to-back World Cups. If Les Bleus succeed it’ll be just the second time a country has won two straight championships and the first since 1962.
The opening match is Qatar against Ecuador at 11 a.m. ET on Nov. 20. The United States kicks off its campaign against Wales on Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. ET.
Group Stage Matchups to Watch
USA vs. England — Nov. 25; 2 p.m. ET
On paper, the United States’ toughest matchup in Group B will likely be the Nov. 25 meeting with England. Neither team has been in its best form in matches leading up to the tournament but both enter with high expectations. The last meeting between these two countries was a friendly in 2018, and England won 3-0.
France vs. Denmark — Nov. 26; 11 a.m. ET
If France is looking to win another World Cup it will need to get through Denmark, which could prove to be a tough matchup especially if France is looking ahead to the knockout stage. The two teams recently faced off on Sept. 25 with Denmark picking up a 2-0 win.
Germany vs. Spain — Nov. 27; 2 p.m. ET
This could be one of the best group-stage matches across the whole tournament. Both teams are trying to prove that they are real threats to lifting the trophy at the end of this tournament. This game could very well decide who wins the group and it’ll be important for both teams to pick up three points. The two teams haven’t met since 2020, but in that game, Spain cruised through Germany with a 6-0 win.
Pre-Launch Bonuses Available In Maryland
Right now many sportsbooks are offering launch bonuses for new users in Maryland who sign up before online sports betting launches. If Maryland bettors want to take advantage of these offers you’ll need to sign up for an account before that Nov. 23 launch date. Bettors in Maryland can sign up for multiple sportsbooks to take advantage of all the great sign-up bonuses.
Here are all of the bonuses currently available in Maryland.
DraftKings Maryland: Claim $200 in free bets and a chance to win a $100,000 free bet
FanDuel Maryland: Claim $100 in free bets and three free months of NBA League Pass
PointsBet Maryland: Claim $200 in free bets and five-second chance bets of up to $100
These offers can be used on any of the sports offered in each sportsbook including the 2022 World Cup.
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