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Maryland Sports Betting, The Launch Of MD Sportsbooks & Betting Sites 2022

Betting is live in Maryland

Retail sports betting in Maryland has been live since December 2021. The launch of Maryland mobile sports betting has been significantly slowed by some regulatory red tape, though Governor Larry Hogan is making a push to speed things up in an effort to launch before the start of the 2022 NFL season on September 8.

Hogan sent a letter to regulators expressing his displeasure with the pace of the Maryland online sports betting launch, which has been projected to happen later in 2022 or early 2023 up until this point.

Hogan wrote to the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission in mid June requesting they "act immediately so that mobile sports wagering can begin in the state of Maryland before the start of the National Football League regular season on September 8, 2022," telling regulators to "immediately accelerate and intensify your efforts."

Hogan's requests were to:

  • Set a firm launch date
  • Release drafts of sports wagering applications and regulations
  • Award licenses on a first-come basis
  • Prioritize licenses for operators with existing partnerships within the state
  • Hogan's calls apparently were partially heeded because the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency announced that sports betting rules are "nearly 95% done" and it could start taking operator applications as early as this summer. However, no specific timeline was provided (as Hogan asked for).

    A special June 29 meeting will be held to review and release the sports betting rules drafts. At the moment, it seems rather unlikely a launch would happen before September 8, since there are so many moving parts.

    Maryland sports betting has been delayed by a disparity study, which is required by law to explore attracting more women-and-minority owned businesses into the industry. Hogan's letter makes it clear that he wants six of the 17 operators listed in the legislation that are already licensed for mobile in other states to be able to launch sooner. There hasn't been an update on the status of the study, which needs to be completed before applications can be submitted.

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    Android Betting Apps & iOS Betting Apps for MD Players

    All Maryland online sports betting operators will offer a mobile app for iOS and/or Android devices, free to download. The list of expected Maryland sportsbooks is below. Other names will be added as the state’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission awards sports betting licenses.

    Top Maryland Online Sportsbooks Likely To Launch

    BetMGM Sport

    BetMGM Maryland Sportbook

    With the MGM National Harbor Casino currently in operation in Oxon, it's a near certainty that BetMGM Maryland app will be licensed to operate in Maryland, offering one of the best betting apps in the industry and a generous welcome bonus.

    Caesars Sport

    Caesars Maryland Sportsbook

    A huge player in the American sports betting market, its merger with William Hill has made for a powerhouse partnership. Caesars Maryland launched its retail sportsbook at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore on Dec. 10, 2021. Caesars will offer an app with great promotions and best-in-class sports betting markets.


    WynnBET Maryland Sportsbook

    A newer player in online betting but a huge and recognizable name in the gambling industry, WynnBET Maryland betting app doesn't have as many betting markets as some betting apps but makes up for it with great odds, a strong welcome offer and plenty of promotions.

    PointsBet Sport

    PointsBet Maryland Sportsbook

    This Australia-based bookmaker will likely bring its well-designed app, unique points-based sports betting offering (PointsBetting) and local odds boosts to those betting with Pointsbet Maryland sportsbook app.

    DraftKings Sport

    DraftKings Maryland Sportsbook

    A Daily Fantasy innovator, DraftKings Maryland sportsbook app has eyes on a national footprint and already has experience operating legally in the Maryland market. Expanding its footprint from DFS to sports betting is a natural fit, and its betting app and promotions consistently rate among the best among US sportsbooks.


    FanDuel Maryland Sportsbook

    Like DraftKings, FanDuel Maryland app is an experienced DFS operator in Maryland. FanDuel's Maryland retail sportsbook at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland in Hanover on Dec. 10, 2021. Its app receives high marks for its intuitive interface and ease of use - not to mention its great sign-up offer.

    FOX Bet Sport

    FOX Bet Maryland Sportsbook

    Featuring a fun-to-use app and plenty of FOX Sports personalities, FOX Bet Maryland betting app has made its mark with terrific contests, odds boosts and some of the most innovative member bonuses available.

    BetRivers Sport

    BetRivers Maryland Sportsbook

    Originally a land-based casino operator in Illinois, BetRivers Maryland app has expanded its mobile operation into several other states and its app is often one of the first to market when a new state launches. Marylanders should look or their generous sign-up bonus.

    Sports Illustrated

    Sports Illustrated Maryland Sportsbook

    888sport has rebranded and has plans to be in six states by the end of the 2021. Some experts speculate that Maryland's relatively liberal legal framework will make it a top target for Sports Illustrated Maryland sportsbook app.

    Bonuses & Promotions at Maryland Sports Betting Sites

    Every top online sportsbook offers some kind of welcome bonus to draw in new customers, and sports betting in Maryland will be no different.

    One of the most popular is a deposit match, up to 100%. How do these bonuses work? The sportsbook matches your deposit amount with an equal number of bonus dollars. What's the catch? You can't withdraw the bonus funds until you've risked those bonus dollars a set number of times (several sportsbooks have just a 1x wagering requirement, though), sometimes on specific wager types or with minimum odds. Often those bonus funds, which are presented as free bets, are not eligible for withdrawal - just any winnings from those bets.

    Other common Maryland sports betting bonuses are risk-free first bets, where you're forgiven if your first bet loses. If your first bet loses, you get an amount equal to that back as a free bet. Again, there may be additional requirements depending on the site.

    Some other great offers you'll see are odds boosts that you can earn through more betting in order to create an occasional high-advantage bet for yourself. You can expect Maryland sportsbooks to sprinkle rewards to their customers over time, either by offering a surprise early payout of a futures bet, forgiveness from a heartbreaking last-second loss (known as a 'bad beat'), cashback directly to your account and wacky celebrity tie-in contests where you win more if you bet with the star.

    Online sports gambling Maryland-style will no doubt feature similar enticements.

    Is Maryland Online Sports Betting Legal?

    Maryland online sports betting has been moving slowly, which has drawn the ire of Governor Larry Hogan. Hogan recently wrote to regulators urging them to speed up the process in order to launch Maryland online sports betting by the start of the 2022 NFL season on September 8. Hogan wants to expidite the process for operators who are already licensed for mobile in other states.

    The crux of the issue is this: Licensing rules cannot be set until a study is conducted on disparity in sports betting. The study took longer than expected to get underway, however, and there wasn't an update at the lastest Sports Wagering Application Review Commission meeting in mid June.

    The study will determine if special effort is needed to incorporate women-and-minority-owned businesses into the sports betting landscape. Maryland sports betting legislation requires the inclusion of women-and-minority-owned businesses.

    Benefits of Legal Online Sports Betting in Maryland

    Unlike offshore betting sites, all sites approved by Maryland Lottery and Gaming will have been vetted to ensure that they are above reproach. Once Maryland lawmakers have completed the vetting process and Maryland Lottery and Gaming have awarded sportsbooks licenses, these Maryland online sports betting sites operating in the Maryland sports betting market will be continually monitored and required to live up to the highest standards. Offshore sites face no such regulation, are risky and are never recommended.

    Legal Maryland Sportsbooks

    Retail sports betting has been live in Maryland since Dec. 9, 2021, however, online sports betting hasn't gone live yet. Officials are hoping that will happen in time for the 2022 NFL season. For now, there are five retail options: BetMGM Maryland (Oxon Hill), Caesars Sportsbook Maryland (Baltimore), FanDuel Maryland (Hanover), Twinspires Maryland (Berlin) and Barstool Maryland (Perryville). Take a look below.

    BetMGM SportsbookMGM National Harbor (Oxon Hill)12/9/21101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill
    Caesars Maryland SportsbookHorseshoe Casino (Baltimore)12/9/211525 Russell St., Baltimore
    FanDuel Maryland SportsbookLive! Casino & Hotel Maryland (Hanover)12/10/217002 Arundel Hills, Hanover
    Twinspires Maryland Sportsbook Ocean Downs Casino (Berlin)12/17/2110218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin
    Barstool Maryland Hollywood Casino Perryville12/23/211201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville

    Maryland Sports Betting Legislation Updates

    Most Maryland sports betting FAQs have to do with where the legislative and licensing process stands.

      June 15, 2022: Governor Larry Hogan writes a letter to regulators urging them to expidite the launch of Maryland online sports betting. Hogan wants to prioritize operators already approved for mobile sports betting in other states so Maryland online sports betting can launch in time for the start of the 2022 NFL season on September 8.

      April 21, 2022: The latest Sports Wagering Application Review Commission meeting failed to produce an update on the disparity review study needed to start the application process, which means the goal of a launch coinciding with the 2022 NFL season is becoming less realistic.

      April 11, 2022: Maryland retail sports betting took $31 million worth of bets in March, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission. March Madness helped operators bring in $3.9 million in gross gaming revenue.

      March 16, 2022: The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission met and announced the study on including women-and-minority-owned businesses is finally underway. The report is required by law before Maryland can issue licenses to operators.

      Jan 19, 2022: The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission meets to discuss the status of a study being commissioned to examine if extra efforts are needed to include women-and-minority-owned businesses into the sports betting industry, which is required by Maryland law. The study hasn't been commissioned yet, however, which means Maryland mobile betting might not launch until late in 2022.

      Jan 10, 2022: The Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency reports Maryland bettors placed more than $16 million wagers since the first retail sportsbook opened on Dec. 9.

      December 23, 2021: Penn National Gaming's Barstool Sportsbook launches at Hollywood Casino (Perryville). The launch brings the total number of retail sportsbooks in Maryland to five.

      December 17, 2021: TwinSpires launches its retail sportsbook at Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin, making it the fourth retail book to launch in the state.

      December 10, 2021: Caesars Sportsbook at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore begins in-person sports betting with a ribbon cutting ceremony that includes Gov. Hogan, Baltimore mayor Brandon Scott and former Baltimore Ravens Torrey Smith and Adalius Thomas. Former NBA slam dunk champion and Baltimore native Muggsy Bogues was also in attendance. Earlier in the day, Hogan, Ravens Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed and Hall of Fame former Bills defensive end Bruce Smith were at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover.

      December 9, 2021: Gov. Larry Hogan places the ceremonial first bet at MGM National Harbor (Oxon Hill), marking the start of retail sports betting in Maryland. Hogan bet the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Football Team to win the AFC and NFC, respectively.

      Maryland Sports Betting History

      Here is the history of sports betting in Maryland.

      2021: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signs bill HB940 into law after it is passed by the Maryland state senate and house. Passage of this bill and Hogan's signature officially make retail and online sports betting in Maryland legal.

      2020: Betting on sports in Maryland is approved by state voters in a November vote. They cast a majority of ballots in favor of a referendum approving of the legalization of betting on sports in Maryland.

      2018: The Supreme Court of the USA rules by a 6-3 vote that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unconstitutional. This move is opening the door to legalized sports betting in all 50 U.S. states.

      2012: A state-wide referendum passes in favor of casino gambling in Maryland. This enables casinos to open across the state.

      2008: Slot machines are legalized on Maryland.

      1973: The Maryland Lottery is legalized and launched.

      1963: Maryland bans slot machines. This brings an end to this type of gambling in the state for the next 45 years.

      1943: Slot machines are legalized in Maryland. However, usage of these machines is only permitted in certain counties.

      1920: Maryland legalizes pari-mutuel wagering. This helps to launch Maryland as one of the premier horse racing states in the USA.

      1834: New licenses for lotteries are banned. All lotteries in Maryland are outlawed.

      1791: Good cause lotteries are legalized. This makes Maryland one of the first states to offer legalized gambling in the United States.

      Governor Larry Hogan Legalizes Maryland Sports Betting 

      On May 18, 2021, when Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed bill HB940 into law, it officially began the process that will ultimately launch legalized sports betting across the state of Maryland.

      The bill could eventually permit more than 100 sportsbooks to operate in Maryland, which will be the highest number of any U.S. state that has legalized sports betting. Hogan has indicated that he believes there will be legal sports betting in Maryland in time for the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl.

      Maryland Sports Betting Law

      The bill signed into law by Hogan ratified the details of how Maryland sports betting will be licensed and regulated, as well as how many licenses and of what type will be available within the state.

      Maryland sports betting law allows for a combination of online and in-person sports betting licenses. Up to 60 online licenses can eventually be awarded, along with in-person licenses for the state’s six casinos, three pro sports stadiums (Baltimore Ravens, Orioles, Washington Football Team), two thoroughbred race tracks, certain off-track betting facilities and the state fairgrounds. Online and retail licenses will also be available to smaller non-gaming business, such as bars and restaurants, encouraging inclusivity.

      • State casinos, racetracks, pro sports franchises and sports stadiums will be permitted to apply for Class A 1-2 sports betting licenses.
      • There are also 30 Class B 1-2 retail licenses available to off-track betting site, bars and restaurants and amusement halls.
      • There will be as many as 40 retail licenses available.
      • Both Class A and B licensees will be permitted to apply for online sports betting licenses, of which 60 will be available.
      • All licenses will be good for five years.
      • All sports wagering licensees in Maryland will pay 15% of the gross revenue from sports wagering to the state. The funds contributed to the state will be used to support public education programs that are part of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Fund, under the control of the Comptroller of Maryland.
      • Bets will be able to be placed in a sports-wagering lounge, via a self-service kiosk or machine in a facility with a license or through online sports wagering.
      • Whether wagering in person or online, a bettor must be physically located in the state.
      • Bettors must be at least 21 years of age to legally bet in Maryland.

      Most Popular Online Sports Bets in Maryland

      Maryland online sportsbooks will offer all of the most popular sports wagers. The menu will include traditional pre-game bets, in-game wagering, futures bets and more. A look at the most popular wagers:

      • Point Spread: One team is favored over another by a specific number of points, set by the oddsmakers. Bettors can choose the favorite or underdog.
      • Moneyline: A wager on a team to win a game, based on odds set by the sportsbook. No point spreads involved.
      • Totals: Also known as over/under, it is a wager that the combined score of both teams in a game will be over or under the total set by the sportsbook.
      • Parlays: A single wager on two or more games, all of which must win for the parlay to cash. The more teams in the parlay, the higher the payoff.
      • Futures: A wager on a team or event to be determined at a future date. Among the most popular are NFL futures, in which bettors can wager on a specific team to win the Super Bowl or exceed a regular-season win total set by the sportsbook.
      • Teasers: Wagers in which bettors can adjust the point spread in their favor in exchange for reduced odds. Generally used in a parlay format.
      • Proposition bet: A wager on something that may or may not occur in a specific game and doesn’t necessarily affect the final outcome. prop bets examples: Will Ravens QB Lamar Jackson rush for two touchdowns or more in a specific game? How many home runs will the Orioles hit in a game?
      • In-play (live) wagering: Wagers made while the game is in progress, with odds adjusted in real time as the action unfolds. Dozens of live betting options are available for most pro games.

      What Sports Leagues Can I Bet on in MD?

      Maryland bettors can wager on every popular sports league and many of the less-popular ones. The list includes the

      Betting lines will also be offered on a wide range of international sports, including:

      You can also legally bet on eSports in Maryland.

      MD Major Sports Events to Bet on - 2022

      Maryland is home to the Baltimore Orioles, which makes the MLB postseason and World Series significant betting events. The state’s proximity to Washington D.C., which has teams in all four of the major U.S. sports leagues, will generate plenty of betting interest for the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup playoffs.

      The PGA Tour returned to Maryland in 2021 for the BMW Championship, the tour’s penultimate playoff event. Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is home to the Preakness, second jewel of the thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, and one of the sport’s top betting events.

      How to Sign Up and Place a Sports Bet in MD?

      If you're wondering how to bet on sports in Maryland, you'll find it's quite easy to go from sitting on the sidelines to playing the big games. To bet online, first create and fund an account with one of the providers we listed above and follow the steps below.

      Create an Account and Profile

      You'll need to create credentials and provide standard profile information. In addition, many sports betting operations will require you to verify your age, email address, and/or phone number, and provide security questions. Maryland gambling laws might require additional information.

      Add Funds

      Now your account is created, you have to fund it and select your bonus offer. There are many ways to add to your balance, from online banking to credit card to Play+, PayNearMe and e-wallets such as PayPal. Be sure to enter the welcome offer promo code to collect your signup bonus.

      Get the App

      If you are betting via mobile device, you'll be asked to download the sportsbook's app. This will be specific to the Maryland betting vendor. If you're betting on the web, just go to the sportsbook's site of the App Store. All sportsbook apps are available for iOS and Android.

      Time to Bet

      With your newly minted account, it's time to navigate to your favorite event, drill into the specific bets you like, enter the amount you want to risk and go. Once the app or website verifies that you're inside Maryland's state borders, you've got a bet!

      Deposits and Withdrawals

      Maryland online betting sites will make the process to deposit and withdraw funds as simple as possible. Maryland bettors will have a wide range of deposit options, several of which will transfer funds instantly into your online account. The most popular:


      PayPal: PayPal is an e-wallet that stores your information and allows you to immediately transfer funds to and from your online sports betting account for low or no fees. Neteller and Skrill are other e-wallets that may be accepted by your Maryland sportsbook.


      Credit/debit cards: Instantly deposits funds into your Maryland betting account. While a popular and convenient option for deposits, credit/debit cards often charge higher fees and cannot be used for withdrawals. The most common are Visa and MasterCard.


      Play+ prepaid cards: Many forms of prepaid cards are accepted for immediate deposit. Play+ prepaid cards offer the convenience of easy withdrawals, too, and are often branded by online betting sites.

      ACH Transfer

      ACH/online banking: An electronic connection is established between your bank and Maryland online sportsbook. Allows for seamless transfer of funds.


      PayNearMe: No bank account or credit card needed for this deposit-only method. Instead, transfer cash via barcode to your online sportsbook account at a participating Maryland 7-Eleven, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart or Family Dollar.


      Cash at casino cage: Simply visit the casino cage at the Maryland casino that is partnered with your online sportsbook.

      Withdrawals take longer than deposits and may require a 24-48 hour approval process. Using the same method for both deposits and withdrawals tends to work best. You may be asked to provide ID when making a first-time withdrawal to verify identity.

      Features of a Maryland Sports Betting Site

      Here's what you should expect to see at MD online betting sites in Maryland:

      Intuitive User Interface

      Maryland mobile sports betting apps will use state-of-the-art technology, and your user interface should be simple to navigate. Prominent menus and easy-to-use betslips make the app as easy to use as the desktop version. The app should be responsive and compatible with all of your mobile devices.

      List of Betting Odds

      Maryland bettors will find up-to-date odds and betting lines on a huge range of games. Expect to find slight differences in odds and prices among Maryland betting sites. Players should take advantage by signing up with more than one Maryland sportsbook to secure the best possible odds.

      Live Betting and/or Live Streaming

      Promotions vary by sportsbook operator, but MD bettors won’t have to look hard to find them. Daily promotions are prominently displayed and often provide bettors with a useful edge. Examples include daily odds boosts, reduced juice on games, parlay insurance and enhanced payoffs on specific sports.

      Safety and Security

      Maryland bettors want to know they are placing legal wagers at regulated sites and that their personal information is secure. Your Maryland betting operator should have a reputable and trustworthy history and operate on a secure and encrypted connection.

      We have high standards when it comes to assessing the best options for sports betting in Maryland, and our favorites all have similar characteristics. We've got a staff of experts who know what makes for a good sports betting experience for casual bettors, serious bettors and everyone in-between. Here's what we look for:


      Whether you do your legal sports betting online or in person, you're trusting strangers with your money. We expect sportsbooks to be established companies with a history of financial and operational health. In addition, it's important that your bookmaker treats data security as their highest priority. All legal and licensed betting sites in Maryland will use the latest encryption technology to protect your data.

      Fair Play

      Because the sports betting industry is new to much of the United States, the states that have legalized betting are still getting the hang of regulations and standards. We look for sportsbooks that have a good reputation for treating bettors fairly and responsively in all situations and in other states where they operate. Your sportsbook should publish clear policies for things like bet cancellation and dispute resolution.

      Transaction Ease

      Mostly a concern for online bettors, it should be easy to add and withdraw money to your account. That means there should be multiple options, minimal fees and the timelines the operator publishes should be honored. For bettors who like to bet on and at retail establishments, there should be minimal red tape involved in opening accounts and connecting them across different betting channels.

      Bonus Offers

      Sportsbooks work hard to lure bettors with freebies, bonuses and perks of all shapes and sizes. It might surprise you, but these offers can give you a real edge, whether you're just learning the ropes or if you're an experienced bettor. See the section below for more detail on sportsbook bonuses, but we look for lucrative offers with attainable playthrough requirements.

      The Overall Sports Betting Experience

      A good online betting experience means a high-performing, well-organized site, with easy navigation, great customer service and betting opportunities galore. We look for operators that provide the complete package.

      Other Evaluation Factors for Online Bookmakers

      Reputation: We listen to you, and we monitor what people are saying about bookmakers. If we recognize a trend - positive or negative - with one of Maryland's online bookmakers, we'll make sure you know about it.

      Accessibility: You should be able to access the betting menu and make your bets in the way you want to. That means high-performing web and mobile apps that are compatible with the most popular browsers and operating systems.

      Reliability: There should be no question that when you're ready to place a sports bet on a Maryland sports betting site, the web platform or mobile app is ready for you. All scheduled outages should be communicated to users, and unscheduled outages should be rare and treated as an all-hands-on-deck emergency by the company.

      Payment and Withdrawal Options: The best online bookmakers help you connect your bank account to your sports betting account so deposits and withdrawals flow nearly instantaneously. In addition, there should be a variety of bookmaker deposit options for moving money in and out of your account, from slow, simple, and free, to faster (and nearly free).

      Variety of Bets: While state law will dictate broad limitations on what sports bettors can wager on, the best sportsbooks will offer a betting menu that is both wide and deep. That means you can bet on the most popular worldwide sports and special events and have a variety of betting options within a given contest. That translates to a long list of derivatives, team props and player props.

      Better Odds: Odds will vary between establishments but should ensure that your bookmaker's fees aren't unreasonably high on the sport you like to bet the most. It's important to know how odds work so that you understand how to check the odds! A 2-way parlay of -110 bets should always pay about +260. Coin-flip bets (like point spreads and totals) should be offered at -110 on both sides the majority of the time.

      Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Maryland?

      Maryland sports betting was signed into law in May 2021 but has not yet launched. Maryland officials are hopeful sports betting in Maryland will go live before the end of the 2021 NFL season. Bettors can expect plenty of online sports providers – Maryland law allows for up to 60 online betting licenses to become available. That means lots of competition, which could make Maryland NFL betting particularly exciting.

      The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency regulates sports betting in the state and is in the process of finalizing rules and regulations. The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission is charged with awarding all Maryland sports betting licenses.

      Benefits of Legal Online Sports Betting in MD

      If you're a bettor in Maryland, be patient. Legal online sports betting operators will hopefully be open soon, and they'll likely roll out the red carpet for bettors in the form of terrific welcome bonuses and perks. If you just can't wait, drive to a neighboring state, or try Daily Fantasy Sports, which are perfectly legal in Maryland.

      We never recommend betting with an offshore site, as they are not licensed and regulated in the United States. That means you don't get the same legal protections as you would with a legal, US sportsbook. Betting with an offshore bookmaker won't prompt the FBI to put a grainy photo of you up in the post office, but because they are not legal in the US, critical tasks like withdrawing funds, getting customer support or resolving disputes can become dicey.

      Top 5 Maryland Sports Teams to Bet On

      The sports betting law passed by Maryland's legislature in April 2021 was expansive not just in terms of the number of licenses issued, but also with regard to the teams available to bettors. That, plus Maryland's proximity to teams in southeastern Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia make for a varied and nutritious betting diet.

      Baltimore Ravens

      Baltimore Ravens

      Coach John Harbaugh is a bettors' favorite, having compiled a stellar spread record in preseason games in addition to going 60% over the last four regular-season campaigns. Add in former MVP Lamar Jackson, and Maryland betting sites can expect to write a ton of Ravens tickets.


      Washington Football Team

      They're finally emerging from a dismal decade-plus of football and have one of the most exciting young defenses in the league. If the spread record is an indicator of surpassed expectations, Washington's 60% wins last year means it's on the way up.

      Washington Nationals

      Washington Nationals

      If you're in Maryland looking for a local baseball team to cheer for (and bet on) - go no further than the Nats, who won the World Series in 2019.

      Baltimore Orioles

      Baltimore Orioles

      They have plenty of history, but bettors might consider looking at a Total bet for these birds, who have been an afterthought in the American League East for years.


      College Teams

      Did you know Maryland has nine schools that compete in Division I basketball? In addition to the big ones (University of Maryland and Navy), there's also Coppin State, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland - Baltimore County, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Mount St. Mary's and Towson.

      Why Place Bets Online?

      Bettors clearly prefer wagering online. In most states which allow both online and in-person wagering (as Maryland does), 90% or more of all betting handle is placed online. Among the reasons why:

      Convenience: Maryland bettors will have access to sports wagering 24/7 on their smartphone or home computer from anywhere inside the state. That kind of convenience is hard to beat.

      Best odds: Signing up with multiple Maryland online sportsbooks allows bettors to simultaneously compare odds and moneyline prices and extract the most value from every wager.

      Bonuses and promotions: Both are available exclusively to online players. While most bonus offers are geared toward signing up new players, some are available to existing account holders.

      Responsible Gambling

      Maryland has a long history with horse racing and casino gambling. And like most states that have legalized sports betting, part of the money collected from the new taxes and fees from the new law will contribute to funding responsible gambling education and support. Bettors in Maryland can go to mdgamblinghelp.org for a list of resources. Additionally, every licensed and legal sportsbook makes Responsible Gaming part of its platform, offering robust resources to bettors to help identify if they have a problem and where they can go for help.

      Latest Maryland Online Casino News

      Bookies.com provides the latest updates and developments on gambling in Maryland, including casino news. MD bettors will also find up-to-date odds, selections, sportsbook reviews and helpful betting tools and wagering guides.

      Latest Maryland Retail Sports Betting Numbers


      Total Handle Revenue State tax
      March $31.026M$3.847M $0.577M
      February $25.526M$0.894M$0.135M
      Change Up 21.5% Up 330.4% Up 328.7%

      Note: Maryland retail sports betting launched Dec. 9, 2021. January was the first full month. Mobile sports betting has not yet launched in Maryland.

      Updated April 11

      Maryland Online Sports Betting FAQ

      Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Maryland?

      Yes. Online sports betting is legal in Maryland but has not yet launched. Retail sports betting went live on December 9. State officials are hopeful online sports betting will be live late in 2022, though there isn't a clear timeline at the moment due to regulatory red tape. Governor Larry Hogan wrote to regulators pushing for them to speed up the process so that Maryland online sports betting can launch by the start of the NFL season on September 8.

      Are Maryland sports betting sites safe?

      Yes, as long as online sports betting sites are properly licensed by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission and regulated by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Conversely, offshore-based sports betting sites lack adequate regulation and are not safe.

      What are the sports bet bonuses in Maryland?

      The most common bonus offers by Maryland online sportsbooks are risk-free first bets and deposit match. Both generally require the bonus money be wagered one or more times before it can be fully redeemed.

      What do I need to create an online sports betting account in MD?

      Bettors must be 21 or older and provide some personal information such as name, address, contact number and last four digits of Social Security number to verify identity and age.

      Is Daily Fantasy Sports betting allowed in Maryland?

      Yes. Wagering is permitted on daily fantasy sports and the industry’s biggest DFS providers, DraftKings and FanDuel, both operate in Maryland.

      Is eSports betting allowed in MD?

      Yes. Wagering on eSports is permitted in Maryland.

      Will I need to be an MD resident to bet online?

      No. You can sign up for a Maryland sports betting account from any state, but you must be physically located within Maryland state lines when placing a wager.

      Are all kinds of online wagering legal in Maryland?

      In addition to sports betting, Maryland allows online wagering on daily fantasy sports and pari-mutuel horse racing. Maryland Lottery tickets can also be purchased online.

      How will an online sportsbook know my location?

      Maryland online sportsbooks will use geolocation technology, which utilizes Wi-Fi and GPS, to accurately pinpoint the location from which all wagers are placed. Wagers attempted from outside Maryland are automatically denied access.

      Will I need to pay taxes on my winnings in MD?

      Gambling winnings are considered taxable income, according to the IRS. For winnings over $5,000, operators are required to withhold 9.25% for Maryland residents.

    About the Author

    Chet Fussman for Bookies.com
    Chet Fussman
    Chet Fussman, a former horse racing writer and longtime sports editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, is a poker and blackjack player and frequent sports bettor.