Maryland Sports Betting

Welcome to Maryland Betting Experts

Welcome to Maryland Betting Experts – the home of all things sports betting and casino in the Old Line State!

Betting in Maryland starts in…

September 2022

Is Sports Betting Legal in Maryland?

Sports betting is now legal in Maryland. On April 12, 2021, HB 940 was passed through the Maryland state legislature and was then signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan on May 18, 2021. This marked the final step for Maryland towards becoming a legal sports betting state.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature made Maryland the fifth state to legalize sports betting in 2021 – after South Dakota, Wyoming, New York and Arizona. However, of these five states, only Arizona has officially launched sports wagering to its people.

So, What About In-Person and Online Sports Betting?

Although sports betting is now technically legal in the Old Line State, in-person and online sports betting is not yet available to Marylanders.

At full capacity, those in the sports betting industry expect up to 60 Maryland sports betting apps and 47 retail gaming locations to exist. As a result, it is taking slightly longer than planned to finalize details ahead of the official launch of Maryland sports betting.

In-person sports betting in Maryland is expected to go live in time for the start of 2022. Some reports are implying that sports betting in Maryland could be up to 12 months away, but the timeline is expected to be shorter than this. The honest answer is that nobody knows exactly when in-person and mobile sports betting will eventually launch in Maryland.

What We Do Know…

What we do know is that sports betting is going to take over the state – stadiums, casinos, sports channels…you name it. Maryland sports betting will be massive.

The rise of online sports betting in America has been rapid, with several states joining the party in recent years. Online casino gaming is also now legal in a number of states. Here are all of the states in which you can currently place a sports bet or casino wager online:

StateIs mobile sports betting legal?Is mobile casino gaming legal?Is in-person registration required?
New HampshireYesNoYes
New JerseyYesYesNo
New YorkYesNoNo
Rhode IslandYesNoYes
West VirginiaYesNoNo

What Can We Expect from the Passing of the Maryland Sports Betting Bill?

With Maryland sports betting just a matter of months away, here are some things to expect based on evidence from other legal sports betting states. The wheels are already in motion in Maryland and big things are happening.

Sports Betting Partnerships Galore

Maryland sports teams and Maryland sports venues have been quick to strike lucrative multi-year partnerships with sportsbooks that will be launching in the state. This is an obvious strategic move for the US sportsbooks, as it gives them a platform upon which to build brand recognition and power within Maryland.

If you are in Maryland and your knowledge of sportsbook brands is limited, the partnerships struck between these brands and sports teams or venues in your state will familiarize you with the what is available for when sports betting does officially go live. As a result, you will be much more likely to make them your sportsbook of choice.

For example, globally-renowned iGaming brand BetMGM have made a multi-year partnership deal with the Baltimore Ravens. This partnership marked the team’s first ever Official Gaming Partner, with BetMGM branded signage being present throughout M&T Bank Stadium, digital media and integrated social media content.

Baltimore Ravens Sports Betting

The following professional sports teams are located in or near Maryland and will most likely secure multi-year partnership deals with the major US sportsbook brands:

  • Baltimore Ravens (NFL)
  • Baltimore Orioles (MLB)
  • D.C. United (MLS)
  • Washington Capitals (NHL)
  • Washington Football Team (NFL)
  • Washington Nationals (MLB)
  • Washington Wizards

Fully Remote Registration

The sports betting bill that was passed in Maryland allows fully remote registration. In other words, anyone who wishes to register for a new online sportsbook account once Maryland sports betting goes live will not be required to sign up or verify their account in person. It can all be done on their mobile, desktop or tablet device from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

The benefits of fully remote registration in legal sports betting states cannot be underestimated. Currently, Illinois, Nevada and Rhode Island are the only legal sports betting states which require in-person registration.

Maryland Sports Betting

Taking a look at the sports betting figures in Illinois and Rhode Island compared to states of similar sizes, it is clear that in-person registration has been a barrier to those who are unable to visit their local brick-and-mortar sportsbook or are simply too far away from one. Consequently, these states lag behind the likes of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan in sports betting revenue figures.

Fortunately, in-person registration is not required in Maryland. As a Maryland sports bettor, you will be able to register new sportsbook accounts from the comfort of your own home, while riding the bus, or even while at work.

The introduction of fully remote registration is super convenient. Additionally, it is proven to make people more likely to sign up to an online sportsbook when the opportunity arises.

An Instant Impact from Industry-Leading Sportsbook Brands

Home to more than six million people, Maryland is the 19th-largest state by population. It has the second-highest median income in the United States. These statistics, combined with Maryland’s loyal and committed sports fanbase, all point towards a successful future for the Maryland sports betting industry.

The biggest sportsbook brands in America will be investing considerable time and capital into getting it right in Maryland. There is huge revenue potential for these brands in the coming years as sports betting engrains itself in the daily lives of Marylanders.

Baltimore Sportsbooks

So, how will the industry-leading sportsbook brands make an impact from day one? Well, they have already started making tracks through partnership deals with stadiums, sports teams and land-based casinos in Maryland. These partnerships will prove to be invaluable once Maryland sports betting officially launches.

But what about the online sportsbooks themselves?

A Focus on the Online Sportsbooks

It’s worth taking into account what happened in the run-up to Michigan’s official launch of mobile sports betting. This is because Michigan is similar to Maryland in terms of population size and appetite for sports.

Around three weeks prior to Michigan sports betting going live, major sportsbook brands like BetMGM, DraftKings and Caesars began to promote some incredible pre-launch offers to Michiganders. These pre-launch offers were extremely generous and gave prospective Michigan sports bettors an incentive to open new sportsbook accounts in order to unlock rewards.

BetMGM Sportsbook offered new online customers $100 in free bets to use on sports and $100 in free bets to use on casino games. DraftKings Sportsbook offered a similar pre-launch bonus worth $200 in free bets. It is expected that any sportsbook brands preparing to launch in Maryland will continue the trend and offer enticing pre-launch offers similar to those that were on offer in Michigan back in January 2021.

This is a smart move from the sportsbooks as it generates market share in time for the official launch date. Having a strong player base of Maryland residents from day one is very important for these sportsbook brands, as they aim for the top of the Maryland sports betting industry.

What Will the Maryland Sports Betting Landscape Look Like?

Using a combination of knowledge surrounding the Maryland sports betting bill and information taken from states which have previously gone through the sports betting legalization process, it is possible to gain insight into what the Maryland sports betting landscape is expected to look like.

Highly Competitive Market

The Maryland sports betting bill makes room for as many as 60 online sportsbooks in the Old Line State. This is a colossal number and is the highest cap of any jurisdiction in the United States.

If the number of online sportsbook licenses does reach 60, Maryland would be home to nearly triple the number of online sports betting destinations currently available in New Jersey. New Jersey is the current national leader in average monthly betting handle. This signifies just how dominant Maryland could be as a sports betting state.

A state with 60 online sports betting licenses is hard to fathom. It could actually be years until Maryland reaches this cap. However, the state’s market potential is so high that nobody should underestimate just how quickly the Maryland sports betting industry could grow.

With multiple professional sports teams, the nation’s highest median household income and neighbouring states where sports betting operators are currently thriving, expect plenty of sportsbook operators to launch in Maryland from the word go.

More Brick-and-Mortar Sportsbooks Than Any Other State

Maryland state officials announced that the passed Maryland sports betting bill will have a focus on assisting family-owned and female-owned businesses. Consequently, Maryland will award a sports betting license to any business that can afford the state’s licensing fees and pass a review from the Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency.

With a focus on helping smaller fish in a large pond, Maryland could have more brick-and-mortar sportsbooks than any other state out-with Nevada. Furthermore, Maryland will be among the first to award physical sports betting licenses to non-casino or gaming properties.

This gives plenty of opportunity to those in Maryland looking to obtain a license and contribute to the state’s sports betting handle. Not to mention the brick-and-mortar sportsbooks that we know will be in operation at sports stadiums and casinos throughout the Old Line State.

The Maryland sports betting landscape will certainly be unique!

Where Can I Bet in Maryland? Sports Betting Apps We Expect to See

In order to operate as an online sportsbook in Maryland, the sportsbook brand is obliged to partner with a land-based casino property within the state.

Based on existing partnerships in the Old Line State, here are the sports betting apps that we expect to see on (and leading up to) the official Maryland sports betting launch date:

SportsbookCasino Partner
BetMGM SportsbookMGM National Harbor
Caesars SportsbookHorseshoe Casino Baltimore
FanDuel SportsbookMaryland Live! Casino & Hotel
PointsBet SportsbookRiverboat on the Potomac
Barstool SportsbookHollywood Casino Perryville
TwinSpires SportsbookOcean Downs

There are also a number of major online sportsbook brands that are currently thriving in the rapidly-growing US iGaming market, but haven’t yet partnered with a land-based Maryland casino.

Here are the other sports betting apps we expect to see in Maryland following their expected partnerships with land-based casinos in the coming months:

  • DraftKings Sportsbook – the brand’s Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform is already available in Maryland
  • BetRivers Sportsbook – currently operates online in nine US states
  • FOXBet Sportsbook – currently operates online in four US states
  • Golden Nugget – currently operates in New Jersey and Michigan
  • WynnBET – currently operates in New Jersey and Michigan
  • Bet365 Sportsbook – currently operates in New Jersey
  • Unibet – currently operates in New Jersey

With up to 60 online sports betting licenses up for grabs in Maryland, the sports betting apps listed above are just the beginning. Expect to see some more familiar names, and some new ones, as the Maryland sports betting industry progresses.

Where Can I Bet in Maryland? Retail Sportsbooks in Maryland

When sports betting launches in Maryland, there will be 17 retail locations to consider that have been listed in the wagering law. These 17 retail locations can be broken down into six casinos, seven off-track betting destinations and three stadiums.

Retail Sportsbooks at Maryland Casinos

All six casinos are owned by brands that have a connected sportsbook sub-brand. Here are the six casinos in Maryland that have been listed in the wagering law and will have a retail sportsbook in operation:

CasinoOwnerSportsbook Partner
Horseshoe Baltimore CasinoCaesars EntertainmentCaesars Sportsbook (confirmed)
MGM National HarborMGMBetMGM Sportsbook (confirmed)
Live! Casino & Hotel MarylandThe Cordish CompaniesFanDuel Sportsbook (confirmed)
Hollywood Casino PerryvillePenn National GamingBarstool Sportsbook (confirmed)
Ocean Downs CasinoChurchill Downs IncorporatedTwinSpires Sportsbook
Rocky Gap Casino ResortGolden EntertainmentCaesars Sportsbook

If you are visiting one of the Maryland casinos listed above after the official launch of Maryland sports betting, you will have access to a retail sportsbook.

You can create a new sportsbook account to use in-person and online, deposit or withdraw money, and wager on any sporting events of your choice. There will also be numerous large-screen televisions for you to watch sports on and a restaurant/bar area for food and drinks.

Retail Sportsbooks at Maryland Off-Track Betting Locations

Off-track betting destinations are official gambling locations that are not connected to a race track. One off-tracking betting location of note is Riverboat on the Potomac.

This destination is located in Colonial Beach, Virginia, but is actually regulated by the Maryland State Lottery. After an agreed partnership with sportsbook brand PointsBet, you will be able to place a sports bet at Riverboat.

Other notable off-track betting destinations include Long Shots in Frederick, Rod-N-Reel in Chesapeake Beach and Greenmount Station in Hampstead. All will be open to the public for sports wagering once Maryland sports betting is given the official green light.

Rod N Reel Chesapeake
Rod-N-Reel, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Retail Sportsbooks at Maryland Sports Stadiums

Let’s say you are heading out to watch your beloved Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles or Washington Football Team. Well, you will also be able to place a sports bet when you arrive at the stadium! It certainly adds to the game day experience and can boost the atmosphere experienced within the stadium.

The Baltimore Ravens recently struck a multi-year partnership deal with BetMGM. As you’d expect, this means that M&T Bank Stadium will be home to a BetMGM retail sportsbook when retail sportsbooks are introduced to Maryland sports stadiums.

Just like at the Maryland casinos and off-track betting locations, you will even be able to create a new sportsbook account at the stadium on game day once Maryland sports betting goes live.

However, the NFL does not allow betting kiosks in the stadium. Instead, fans will be able to place bets on their phone in mobile lounges. These will be similar to a standard retail sportsbook experience.

The Financial Impact of Maryland Sports Betting

Data obtained from other US states in recent years has proven that the introduction of sports betting will definitely improve the financial health of the Old Line State.

Maryland will benefit financially from tax revenue (taxes collected by state and local jurisdictions, or the state’s share of proceeds in revenue-sharing markets) and licensing fees.

There will also be a financial benefit to the state as a consequence of increased visitor numbers and increased spending in Maryland’s sportsbooks, casinos, stadiums and their associated hospitality destinations.

Tax Revenues and Licensing Fees

Maryland’s tax rate is going to be 15% for major retail vendors and online sportsbooks. Secondary retail licenses will receive a 13% tax on gross revenue figures. Major retail operators will be required to pay a $250,000 licensing fee and minor retail operators will pay $50,000. The annual charge for major operators will then be $50,000, and $10,000 for minor operators.

For online sportsbooks, the capital required to break into the Maryland online sports betting market will be even greater. Online sportsbooks like DraftKings, BetMGM and Caesars will be required to pay $500,000 to apply and will receive an annual fee of $100,000 from then on.

It is helpful to take a look at other states’ tax revenues generated as a result of sports betting being introduced.

The majority of new states coming online with sports betting have implemented tax rates in the low teens, between 8% and 15%. Maryland falls into the 8-15% category. The exceptions to the rule are Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, where tax rates of around 50% have been implemented, and Pennsylvania where the tax rate is 34%.

The Impact of Tax Rates on Sports Betting Handle

Tax rates in Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire lessen the motivations of online sportsbooks to launch in these states. However, with a proposed tax rate of around 15%, online sportsbooks will be more than ready to launch their products in Maryland.

Here are some the top-performing sports betting states with tax rates at a similar level to Maryland’s 15% tax rate. Handle refers to the amount wagered on sports betting markets in that state from the date of launch to October 2021. Revenue is the amount of money kept by sportsbooks from the total amount wagered (handle).

StateHandleRevenueTax Revenue
New Jersey (8.5% tax)$18,992,128,140$1,349,911,988$169,472,358
Virginia (15% tax)$1,671,400,854$144,953,879$11,074,022
West Virginia (10% tax)$1,012,543,325$83,870,560$8,387,056
Michigan (8.4% tax)$2,583,952,464$216,172,891$7,457,788

New Jersey, one of the first states to launch mobile sports betting back in 2018, has generated $169,472,358 in tax revenue for the state in just over three years. In total, over $733 million of tax revenue has been generated in the United States since June 2018.

The potential financial benefit of Maryland sports betting is colossal and could have a considerable impact on how the state progresses in the coming years. According to industry analysts, Maryland annual tax revenue from sports betting is projected at $35 million by Year 3.

Increased Visitor Numbers

Again, as seen in other states, the launch of sports betting attracts increased visitor numbers to the state from other states where sports betting is not yet possible.

To bet on sports online, you do not have to be a resident of a sports betting state. You simply have to be present within the borders of a sports betting state at the time of wagering to qualify to bet. Similarly, to bet on sports in-person at a brick-and-mortar sportsbook, land-based casino or sports stadium, you do not have to actually reside in that state.

This means that sports fans will definitely travel from other states to wager on their favorite sporting events when Maryland sports betting goes live.

Maryland is bordered by a number of states where sports betting is already legal, like New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. However, if your football team, baseball team or basketball team is playing a Maryland-based team and you are travelling to the Old Line State for the game, you will be able to bet on whatever you like on the day.

Movement Within Maryland

It’s not only those from outside of the state that will contribute to increased visitor numbers at Maryland’s sports betting venues.

The atmosphere and buzz surrounding the popular Maryland casinos like ‘Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland’, Hollywood Casino Perryville and Ocean Downs Casino will undoubtedly improve as they integrate sportsbook lounges and sports betting booths into their buildings. MGM National Harbor has already announced the opening of its 350-person capacity sportsbook lounge.

It will be a similar transition at Maryland’s major sports venues. M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards are expected to welcome brand new sportsbooks to their venues which will make game day an even more exciting experience for those with an interest in sports betting.

Baltimore Ravens Betting

Sports Teams to Bet on in Maryland

The are several teams within and near Maryland state borders that you will be able to wager on when betting goes live.

Of course, you will be able to bet on any NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL team that are playing, but the teams in and around Maryland will generate the most attention within the Maryland sports betting industry.

Baltimore Ravens

Maryland Sports Betting

The Baltimore Ravens are the biggest Football team in Maryland, playing their trade in the National Football League (NFL). As proven by evidence in other sports betting states, the greatest appetite for sports betting is among Football bettors. The NFL season runs from September to February and is when the retail and online sportsbooks expect to generate the greatest revenue.

The NFL season ends with the eagerly-anticipated Super Bowl, which takes place every February. The Baltimore Ravens have not reached the Super Bowl since 2013, which was their first Super Bowl appearance and their first Super Bowl victory.

As a strong contender in the AFC North and with star quarterback Lamar Jackson in their ranks, Baltimore has the potential to reach another Super Bowl soon.

Washington Football Team

Washington Football Team Logo

Washington Football Team is another NFL franchise which boasts a passionate fanbase. Washington plays out of Washington D.C. and FedExField, but the team has a strong fanbase in the Old Line State.

Washington Football Team has not reached a Super Bowl since 1992 and are less-likely to reach one before the Baltimore Ravens next do. They play in the NFC East alongside the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. This is arguably the most famous football division within the National Football League.

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles Logo

The Baltimore Orioles are Maryland’s representation in Major League Baseball. The team has won three World Series titles, in 1966, 1970 and 1983. With 162 games scheduled a season, there is no shortage of action to bet on as a Baseball fan.

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in the United States. As such, it features consistently in daily sportsbook promotions and has a wide range of betting markets to wager on, from run line spreads to player props.

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals Logo

The Nationals play in Washington D.C., where sports betting is currently allowed to take place. Caesars, one of America’s most popular sportsbook brands, has partnered up with the Washington Nationals as sports betting continues to take over the United States.

Just because the team has ‘Washington’ in its name does not mean there isn’t a strong following in Maryland. Formerly the Montreal Expos, the Nationals have won the World Series in 2019 and are well-respected in the MLB. There will certainly be appetite for betting on the Nationals in the Old Line State.

Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals Logo

While the National Hockey League isn’t the most popular of sports leagues in America, if you are a Hockey fan from Maryland then there is a big chance you will be cheering the Capitals on. The Capitals are based in Washington D.C. and won their first piece of silverware back in 2018 when they hosted the famous Stanley Cup Finals.

Regardless of the appetite for Hockey compared to Football, Baseball or Basketball, the legal sportsbooks in America offer a huge variety of betting markets to wager on. This will become clear when Maryland sports betting goes live.

Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards Logo

Another Washington-based team, the Wizards are the closest NBA team to the Old Line State. The Capital One Arena is their home and is just minutes from Maryland state borders. As expected, a large fraction of Wizards fans reside in Maryland.

The Wizards are lacking in major success as an NBA franchise. However, the NBA is one of the most popular sports to wager on in the United States. This means that you will never be short of betting markets to explore as all of the sportsbook brands invest heavily in the ability to offer the most entertaining and unique betting options around.

Maryland Terrapins – University of Maryland

Maryland Terrapins Logo

Yes, you read right. You can bet on Maryland colleges and universities once the state launches sports betting. The University of Maryland is the largest collegiate athletic program in the Old Line State and its Football and Basketball programs are some of the best in America.

You will be able to bet on Maryland Terrapins Men’s Football and Men’s Basketball at university level. As it stands, this is the extent of betting at this level at the US sportsbooks. However, as the American sports betting industry continues to progress, we may see some other betting options added to apps and retail locations.

Navy Midshipmen – Navy

Navy Midshipmen Logo

The historic Football collegiate program has claimed one national title back in 1926. Lacking in recent history, Navy is one of the most famous original collegiate programs in the United States.

You will be able to bet on Navy Midshipmen College Football matchups once sports betting begins in Maryland. The sky really is the limit as far as Maryland college sports betting goes!

Most Popular Sports to Bet on in Maryland

As expected, the most popular sports to bet on in Maryland will also be the most watched sports in the state. Football is the core sports focus in the Old Line State and betting handle figures are expected to support this.

NFL Betting in Maryland

The Baltimore Ravens and Washington Football Team both play their home games in Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens are a strong NFL franchise at the moment and could experience some success in the coming years. Both teams also have strong and passionate fanbases.

The inclusion of sports betting at sports stadiums in the Maryland sports betting bill will undoubtedly increase appetite for NFL betting in Maryland. This is expected to positively impact on both in-person and mobile betting figures.

MLB Betting in Maryland

Just like the NFL, sports fans in Maryland have an affinity with two Major League Baseball franchises. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals both attract considerable interest in the Old Line State.

Due to the sheer volume of Baseball played each MLB season, MLB betting in Maryland will be sure to bring in high levels of revenue on a weekly basis.

Oriole Park Camden Yards

NBA Betting in Maryland

There are no NBA teams in Maryland, so many Marylanders have opted to support the Washington Wizards. Regardless, NBA is proven to be one of the most-bet on sports in America where sports betting is currently legal, so expect this trend to continue in Maryland.

NHL Betting in Maryland

As is the case with the NBA, there are no professional Hockey teams in Maryland. Marylanders once again look to their neighbors in Washington D.C. and have a connection with the Washington Capitals.

As one of the four highest-wagering sports markets, the NHL is not short of betting options for online sports bettors. NHL betting options in Maryland will be no different.

College Betting in Maryland

Betting on college sports is limited or illegal in certain sports betting states. However, the Maryland sports betting bill allows for NCAA betting. Whether it’s the Maryland Terrapins basketball team, or the Army-Navy football rivalry that you are inclined to wager on, the options are certainly there for you.

Maryland Online Casino – Can You Play Online Casino in Maryland?

Online casino gaming has not been legalized in Maryland. These things can change quickly though, as we have seen with sports betting and casino legislation being passed in other states.

States often launch sports betting prior to online casino, as the sports betting process is slightly more straightforward.

The number of states where sports betting is legal is into double figures, but there are currently just four legal online casino states – New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Watch this space, though. Maryland could have online casinos up and running in no time.

Maryland Daily Fantasy Sports – Is DFS Legal in Maryland?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is legal in Maryland for anyone over the age of 18 years old.

In fact, Maryland was the first state to explicitly legalize fantasy sports back in 2012. Since then, the Daily Fantasy Sports industry has evolved and grown considerably in popularity.

Two of the largest DFS sites in America are DraftKings and FanDuel. These two brands are household names in Maryland and throughout the United States, which will bode well for them when they launch their sports betting apps to the people of Maryland.

Maryland DFS

DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook have generated significant market share in all legal sports betting states where they operate and there are no doubts that they will be two of the most used apps in Maryland when sports betting goes live.

Once FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook come to Maryland, you will be able to link your Daily Fantasy Sports account to your new sportsbook account.

How to Compare Maryland Sportsbooks

There are a number of factors that you should consider before signing up to a new Maryland online sportsbook, as all sportsbooks offer something slightly different to one another. Here are a list of factors to consider before deciding on which Maryland sportsbook you will use.

Reputation of Maryland Sportsbooks

Sportsbook brands will gain a positive reputation through both increased visibility and customer satisfaction. Increased visibility happens as a result of partnership deals with casinos, sports teams and sports stadiums in Maryland, which strengthens brand recognition and therefore makes one sportsbook more desirable compared to another.

Customer satisfaction is impacted by the overall user experience of the Maryland sportsbook. If you have a better experience using one sportsbook compared to another, then you will be more likely to use it again and tell your network about it.

It goes without saying that fully regulated and licensed Maryland sportsbooks should always be used ahead of illegal, offshore sportsbook brands.

Maryland Sign Up Bonuses & New Customer Offers

Maryland sportsbook bonuses for new customers will be competitive amongst the various brands, but will always be enticing. New customer sign up bonuses can be in the form of deposit match bonuses, risk free bets, no deposit bonuses or even cash back bonuses.

The quality of a Maryland sportsbook bonus is subjective. One prospective sports bettor may prefer to receive a bonus matching their first deposit, whereas another bettor may prefer to have a risk-free first bet on a sporting event of their choice. Either way, the bonuses available to you as a new customer is one of the best ways to compare Maryland sportsbooks.

Maryland Existing Customer Promotions

Once you are a new Maryland sportsbook customer, you will be able to take advantage of a number of sportsbook promotions on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

For example, BetMGM Sportsbook has its ‘Money Monday Club’ which gives you a $10 free bet every week when you bet $50 or more in the previous week. Caesars Sportsbook has daily ‘Super Boosts’, where the odds for a specific bet from a popular sporting event that day will be boosted significantly.

Money Monday BetMGM

The existence of these promotions are often what drives a new customer to one of America’s big sportsbook brands.

Range of Betting Markets Available at Maryland Sportsbooks

The best Maryland sportsbooks will have a huge variety of sports to bet on, from NFL Football betting to Table Tennis betting.

Not only that, but they will have a wide range of betting markets within each sport. For example, one NFL game will have pre-game lines, player props, team props, handicap betting markets, live in-play betting and more.

Some sportsbooks will have a wider range of betting markets for different sports depending on what their key focus is and what sports make them the most money. Be sure to consider the betting markets available at each Maryland sportsbook before making your decision.

Payment Options at Maryland Sportsbooks

The payment methods available to you as a Maryland sports bettor can be key when making your decision which sportsbook to register at. The bigger sportsbook brands will allow you to fund your betting account using convenient methods like PayPal and Play+ prepaid cards.

If you wish to use a less-common form of payment method to either deposit or withdraw at the Maryland sportsbook then check out their site before joining to assess your options.

Here are the most popular sportsbook payment options which will be available at the Maryland online sportsbooks for you to use:

Payment OptionDeposit or Withdrawal?Payout Time
Credit/Debit CardDeposit onlyN/A
ACH/E-Check TransferBoth1-7 days
Wire/Bank TransferBoth1-7 days
PayPalBoth1-3 days
SkrillBoth1-3 days
Prepaid/Play+ CardsBothInstant
ChecksWithdrawal only2-14 days
Cash at Casino CageBothInstant

How to Place a Sports Bet in Maryland

Here are the simple steps that you as an online sports bettor in Maryland will need to take to open your brand new sportsbook account and place a sports bet.

1. Choose Your Maryland Sportsbook

The first step to sports betting in Maryland is to take into account all of the factors when comparing Maryland sportsbook brands, as listed above.

You should consider:

  • Reputation of each Maryland sportsbook
  • Bonuses on offer as a new customer
  • Promotions available as an existing customer
  • Range of betting markets available
  • The ways in which you can fund and withdraw from your Maryland online sports betting account

Once you have made your choice, simply visit the sportsbook’s browser site or the sportsbook app on your mobile device. We cover all of the online sportsbook options in Maryland in our Sportsbook Reviews section.

2. Create Your Maryland Sports Betting Account

Once you have downloaded your chosen Maryland sportsbook app or have visited the website, you will need to begin the registration process to create your new betting account.

You will be asked for some personal information such as your name, date of birth, address and the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN).

The need for your personal details is strictly for security and identity verification purposes. The Maryland online sportsbook will require your name and date of birth to verify that you are in fact 21 years old and legally able to bet. Your address and SSN is needed to prove that you are an American resident.

You will also need to ensure that location services are enabled if you are using a mobile device, or that the required geolocation software is downloaded if you are using a desktop or laptop compute. This is so that the sportsbook can confirm you are physically located within Maryland state lines during account creation.

Maryland Flag

Once the registration process is complete and the sportsbook has verified your account information, you will be able to access your new Maryland online sportsbook account.

3. Deposit Money Into Your Account

Different sportsbooks will offer different deposit methods. The most common deposit methods available at the Maryland online sportsbooks will be:

  • Credit or Debit Card
  • eCheck
  • PayPal
  • PayNearMe

If your chosen Maryland online sportsbook has a physical location in the Old Line State then you will be able to fund your online account at the casino’s cash cage.

There is no additional fee attached to any of the deposit options mentioned above and every Maryland online sportsbook will allow instant deposit transfers.

When depositing money into your account, be mindful of the sign up bonus you have been promised by the sportsbook. Several online sportsbooks in Maryland will be offering generous deposit match bonuses, whereby your first real money deposit will be matched by the sportsbook in the form of free bets.

4. Place a Bet!

Now that your sportsbook account is verified and loaded up with funds, you can place your first sports bet. All of the online sportsbooks have categories which can allow you to filter bets by sport, event, country or date.

Once you find a bet that you like, simply add it to your betslip and enter the amount you would like to wager. The sportsbook will then display your expected payout on screen. To place the bet, just click confirm and await the result!

So, what type of bets will you be able to place?

Once mobile sports betting in Maryland launches, it is almost certain that you will be blown away by the sheer variety of possible wagers. No matter what sport you are most interested in, there will be an unbelievable range of betting markets to choose from.

Here are some examples of the types of bets that you will be able to make on the NFL using your sportsbook apps when online sports betting arrives in the Old Line State:

  • Money lines
  • Spreads
  • Points totals
  • Alternate spreads
  • Alternate totals
  • Spread/total bets
  • Half time/full time bets
  • Quarter spreads
  • Quarter totals
  • Weekly specials
  • Player props (touchdown scorers, rushing yards totals etc.)
  • Team futures (AFC winner, Baltimore Ravens season win total etc.)
  • Player futures (most passing yards, most sacks etc.)
  • Awards (season MVP, Coach of the Year etc.)
  • NFL Draft 2022 specials

That is just for the NFL! Take into account the betting markets for NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer, MMA and loads more. Then, you will realise that this is only the start. It will be tougher to find something that you CAN’T bet on when mobile sports betting comes to Maryland.

Maryland Sports Betting FAQ

Who will oversee sports betting in Maryland?

Gambling activity in Maryland is overseen by the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Anyone who wishes to gain a license in Maryland must contact the State Lottery and apply via their licensing process.

Will mobile sports betting be allowed in Maryland?

Yes, mobile sports betting will be allowed in Maryland. The state is currently waiting to launch its sports betting offering but, when it does go live, Maryland law will allow for up to 60 mobile sports betting licenses.

To take part in mobile sports betting in Maryland, you will need to be at least 21 years old and located within Maryland state borders at the time of registration or wagering.

What is the legal gambling age in Maryland?

The legal gambling age in Maryland is 21 years old. You will be asked for proof of age at land-based casinos, retail sportsbooks and online sportsbooks in Maryland.

Where can I bet on sports in Maryland?

You can bet on sports at a number of land-based casinos, retail sportsbook locations, sports stadiums and via mobile apps once sports betting goes live in the Old Line State.

Can I bet on College Sports in Maryland?

The sports betting bill passed in Maryland allows for collegiate in-state betting. This means that you can bet on the University of Maryland and on Navy while you are within Maryland state borders.

Normally, College Football and College Basketball are available to bet on at the sportsbooks.
Maryland Betting Experts