Sports betting is officially underway in the Old Line State. Retail sportsbooks began accepting wagers on December 9, 2021, with online sports betting expected to launch sometime in 2022.
Home to six million people, Maryland is the last of the Mid-Atlantic states to legalize sports betting. With several major professional sports teams located in-state and many more within just a couple hours’ drive, the Old Line State is sure to be an ultra-competitive market for sports betting.
Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know to start betting on sports in Maryland.
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Maryland Sports Betting Key Info
Before we get straight into the action, let’s start off with some fundamentals of legal sports betting in Maryland.
Betting Legalized: May 2021
Platforms: Retail only, online pending
Expected Online Betting Launch: 2022
Expected Online Sportsbooks: BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, Barstool Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook
Age Requirement: 21+
This page has answers to all your questions about betting on sports in Maryland. If you’re looking for something specific, skip ahead to learn more:
- Latest Maryland Sports Betting News
- Maryland Online Sports Betting: MD Sportsbooks Coming in 2022
- Maryland Sports Betting at a Glance
- When Will Online Sports Betting Launch in Maryland?
- Maryland Retail Sports Betting: Wagering In-Person at Casinos
- Where to Bet on Sports in Maryland
- MD Sports Betting Apps & Mobile Betting: Everything You Need to Know
- Best Maryland Sports Betting Bonuses & Promos
- Legal Sports Betting in Maryland
- Online Sports Betting in Maryland
- Maryland Sports Betting Rules & Restrictions
- Maryland Sports Betting FAQs
- Local Teams Worth Betting On
- Maryland Sports Betting History
Here’s a recap of the latest news as Maryland prepares for the launch of legal sports betting.
- April 25, 2022: After a rather lengthy holdup, Maryland online sports betting is once again expected to launch soon, with a potential start date during the 2022 NFL season. John Martin, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director, is hopeful online sports betting will begin sometime after the season kicks off.
- December 22, 2021: A job posting in Maryland is hinting at the launch of a new retail sportsbook. According to the job description, Fanatics Betting and Gaming is hiring for a retail sportsbook, which would be the first Fanatics retail betting location in the country.
- December 9, 2021: Maryland sports betting got underway one day earlier than originally anticipated. Gov. Larry Hogan placed the first official sports wager at the MGM National Harbor, betting on the Washington Football Team and Baltimore Ravens to reach the Super Bowl.
- December 7, 2021: The Horseshoe Casino (Caesars Sportsbook), MGM National Harbor (BetMGM), and Maryland Live! Casino and Hotel (FanDuel Sportsbook) are set to begin controlled demonstrations of sports betting. Barring any issues that arise during these demonstrations, Maryland sports betting will officially begin at these locations on Friday, December 10 with more expected to open shortly thereafter.
- November 18, 2021: Maryland awards retail sportsbook licenses to five casinos, giving FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, Barstool Sportsbook, and TwinSpires the opportunity to open in-person betting locations. At least four more retail sportsbooks are pending approval according to state officials.
- November 16, 2021: During a recent VIXIO GamingCompliance webinar, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin said online sports betting in the state “is going to take a long time.” A fall 2022 launch may not even happen at this point in time.
- October 28, 2021: A regulatory review commission meeting is set for November 3. This meeting could help pave the path for the retail sportsbook launches of FanDuel Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, and TwinSpires.
- October 15, 2021: Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin says two additional Maryland casinos are set to have their sports betting licenses approved at a meeting next week. Those casinos are the Ocean Downs Casino and Hollywood Casino Perryville.
- October 13, 2021: The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) was set to approve the licensing of three Maryland casinos (Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Live! Casino and Hotel in Hanover, and MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill) at a meeting scheduled for October 14. That meeting has been postponed for the time being.
- October 8, 2021: Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin explained that while legal sports betting is making progress, online betting could be six months to a year away. In-person wagering is expected sometime in the fall, while mobile betting could take much longer.
- October 6, 2021: The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission announced the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Live! Casino and Hotel, and MGM National Harbor met the requirements to receive sports betting licenses. The applications from these casinos will be forwarded to SWARC, a governing body who could officially issue licenses as early as their next meeting on October 14.
- October 5, 2021: Stakeholders in the Maryland sports betting market have expressed multiple concerns with official rules and regulations following the end of the public commentary period. The primary points of contention are betting limits and the use of official league data. While in-person wagering could start by the end of the year, online Maryland sports betting may not launch until 2022.
- October 4, 2021: The final rules and regulations for Maryland sports betting are officially under review after the public commentary period ended on September 27, 2021. State officials are reviewing the comments and hoping to finalize guidelines before the end of the month.
- September 22, 2021: The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) is working to complete background check investigations before operator’s licenses are awarded to 17 initial sportsbooks. These platforms will be the first to launch when Maryland sports betting gets underway in late 2021.
- September 14, 2021: The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission announced they expect in-person betting to begin in late fall or early winter. Director John Martin announced they’re working to expedite the process in time for the start of the NFL playoffs.
- September 10, 2021: Maryland sports betting didn’t launch in time for the start of the NFL season. Rules and regulations are still under review by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, as well as the state’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission. In-person wagering at retail locations is expected to launch later in the fall, while online betting should arrive sometime before the 2022 Super Bowl.
- August 27, 2021: The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission published 227 pages of rules for sports betting in the Maryland Register, beginning a required 30-day period for public comment. A meeting for public comment will be held on September 22, 2021.
- August 16, 2021: Maryland’s new Sports Wagering Application Review Commission met for the first time. They passed on licensees designated in legislation to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission.
- July 15, 2021: The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission unanimously approved rules and regulations for legal sports betting in the state. Marylanders will be provided 30 days for comments before the commission begins accepting operator applications.
- June 10, 2021: PointsBet solidifies access to the Maryland market through a partnership with the Riverboat on the Potomac, one of the state’s four licensed off-track betting sites.
- May 19, 2021: The Baltimore Ravens announce an official partnership with BetMGM Sportsbook.
- May 18, 2021: Governor Larry Hogan signs House Bill 940 into law, the final formality ahead of an expected launch this fall. HB 940 is set to be enacted on June 1, 2021.
- April 12, 2021: HB 940 passes through the Maryland state legislature.
- November 3, 2020: Maryland voters overwhelmingly supported sports wagering in a general election ballot measure.
Here are the sportsbooks we know will be entering Maryland when they launch online sports betting.
BetMGM secured access to the Maryland sports betting market through an official partnership with the Baltimore Ravens. Not only will MD bettors see advertisements at M&T Bank Stadium, but Ravens fans can also look forward to special odds and promotions with BetMGM Maryland. There may one day be betting kiosks within the football stadium should the building owner, MD Stadium Authority, and the NFL team apply for a license.
An additional retail location is expected to launch at MGM National Harbor Casino in Forest Heights, MD. With BetMGM, Maryland sports bettors can enjoy a high quality and quantity of wagering options and some of the best ongoing promotions and contests in the sports betting business.
Caesars Sportsbook Maryland
Caesars is one of the biggest names in the gambling industry and is sure to be a player in the new Maryland market. Caesars Entertainment owns Horseshoe Baltimore Casino, so you can bet they’ll be launching Caesars Sportsbook Maryland quickly when sports betting goes live.
Caesars’ well-established reputation and integrated rewards program will make it a very attractive option for MD sports bettors who want to do at least some of their wagering in-person. Notably, Caesars is the official casino partner of the Baltimore Ravens. The brand takes a quality over quantity approach with its sportsbook, which should make it a favorite amongst Marylanders who want to cut out all the noise.
Barstool Sportsbook Maryland
Barstool Sportbook is poised to be the most polarizing of Maryland sports betting sites. Barstool itself has a huge social media following (almost 3 million on Twitter alone) which will surely help the brand drive loyal “Stoolies” to the Barstool Sportsbook Maryland when it launches.
Barstool Sportsbook itself offers creative promotions that will generate buzz and entice new and seasoned bettors alike. Owned by PA-based Penn National Gaming, Barstool is likely to have a digital presence and a retail location in MD via Hollywood Casino in Perryville, which is owned by a spin-off investment firm with ties to Penn National.
FOX Bet Maryland
FOX Bet is a top contender for a Maryland sports betting license given its existing agreements as an official sports betting partner of both the NFL and MLB. FOX Bet offers unique promos that often tie into network sports coverage on FOX Sports.
The idea is that sports analysts and TV personalities introduce personalized promos during live broadcasts. Essentially, broadcasters pick their favorite lines, and bettors can get in on the action with enhanced odds. This fun integration between media coverage and sports betting is just one of many reasons we’re confident Marylanders will enjoy FOX Bet MD. The mobile-first platform also has one of the easiest online sign-up processes in the business and an extensive menu of live betting options.
DraftKings Sportsbook Maryland
With one of the biggest marketing budgets of any sportsbook, DraftKings is a household name in America. The brand contributed $250,000 to the “Vote Yes on Question 2” campaign that helped sports betting gain approval from Maryland voters in the 2020 general election referendum, so you know they’ll be a major player moving forward.
DraftKings Sportsbook Maryland will have an extensive array of betting options and promotions available as one of the most user-friendly sportsbooks around. It’s sure to be a favorite in the hyper-competitive new Maryland sports betting market, and we’d be shocked if it weren’t in the starting lineup on day one.
FanDuel Sportsbook Maryland
FanDuel has one of the largest market shares of any sportsbook in the United States. The brand also spent $500,000 to help the “Vote Yes on Question 2” campaign to legalize sports betting in Maryland, so there’s no doubt they will do whatever it takes to launch FanDuel Sportsbook in the Old Line State. FanDuel Sportsbook Maryland could be one of the biggest revenue generators in the state when MD online sports betting launches.
Marylanders can look forward to placing wagers on the go with one of the most visually appealing and intuitive mobile betting apps around. Those who enjoy the fast pace of live, in-game betting will appreciate both the array of in-play wagering options and the speed and smoothness of the FanDuel app.
Given that Churchill Downs owns Ocean Downs Casino and Race Track in Berlin, MD, its likely they’ll operate both an online and retail sportsbook under their TwinSpires brand. Those who like to wager on horse racing have trusted the TwinSpires Maryland Racebook for years and can look forward to a grand opening of TwinSpires Sportsbook in the near future.
Elsewhere, TwinSpires offers competitive odds and lucrative promotions on its easy-to-use desktop and mobile platforms. While it’s not yet as big as its competitor sportsbooks, TwinSpires looks to continue expanding across America and will benefit from Churchill Downs’ long-standing gambling industry expertise. Maryland sports bettors can rest assured TwinSpires is a trustworthy and respected brand.
PointsBet already solidified access to the Maryland sports betting market via a partnership with the Riverboat on the Potomac, one of the Old Line State’s four licensed off-track betting sites. PointsBet sets itself apart with its creativity, extensive ongoing promotions, and well-priced sports odds.
The innovative brand also developed an entirely new form of wagering called PointsBetting. PointsBet has official partnerships with NBC Sports and the NHL, among others, proving their aggressive approach to expanding their footprint across the United States. With PointsBet, Marylanders can look forward to wagering with a truly unique sportsbook. The brand’s user-friendly platform is great choice for anyone placing their first bet in the Old Line State.
Maryland voters overwhelmingly supported sports wagering in a November 2020 general election ballot measure. The Maryland Constitution requires voter approval for any expansion of commercial gambling activities, which means the referendum was a mandatory step for the state to legalize sports betting.
Question 2 authorized sports wagering at certain licensed facilities and passed by approximately a 2-1 margin. However, with the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly shortened in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate Bill 4 (which placed Question 2 on the ballot) was rushed through, resulting in a referendum that did not include specifics as to how legal sports betting would operate.
Voters’ approval of sports betting effectively gave Maryland legislators a directive to take further action towards implementing rules and regulations. State legislature reconvened in January 2021, and Maryland lawmakers were tasked with determining a number of factors, including:
- Licensing fees and tax rates
- Number of licensed operators
- Whether or not online sports betting will be allowed
- What types of sports events can be wagered on
- What betting options will be permitted
- Whether or not additional provisions are needed to diversify the industry
Bill HB 940 made its way through the Maryland Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan on May 18, 2021. Sweeping, last-minute changes by the Senate were approved by the House, making this one of the biggest sports betting bills in the nation.
With HB 940’s passage, the total number of sports betting licenses soon to be available in Maryland is more than double that of any other state thus far.
The state will automatically grant licenses for in-person sports wagering at Maryland’s six casinos, three major professional sports stadiums, horse racing tracks, the state fairgrounds, and a riverboat casino on the Potomac River. Another 30 retail betting licenses are open to additional applicants, and 60 licenses for online sportsbooks will be up for grabs.
All of this is excellent news for Maryland sports bettors. With an open and competitive market in the state, Marylanders can expect plenty of options and juicier promotions.
Here are some of the online sportsbooks we expect to see licensed in Maryland in the near future:
|Sportsbook||Expected Online Launch||Expected Bonus|
|FanDuel||2022||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet|
|BetMGM||2022||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet|
|PointsBet||2022||$250 Deposit Match|
|Caesars Sportsbook||2022||$5,000 Risk-Free Bet|
|Barstool Sportsbook||2022||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet|
|TwinSpires||2022||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet|
|Rocky Gap Casino||2022||TBD|
|M&T Bank Stadium||2022||TBD|
|Oriole Park at Camden Yards||2022||TBD|
|Jockey Bar and Grille||2022||TBD|
|Maryland State Fairgrounds||2022||TBD|
Maryland sports betting launched at retail locations in December 2021. Online sports betting is expected to start sometime in 2022.
In-person only. Maryland online sports betting is months away. Late 2022, early 2023 most likely. https://t.co/oc35UWkHpW
— RLinnehanXL (@RLinnehanXl) December 7, 2021
In the meantime, Maryland residents have many nearby options should they wish to place their bets elsewhere. Jurisdictions that border Maryland – Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, DC for example – offer various forms of legalized sports betting.
Other nearby options include:
- Sports Betting New Jersey
- Sports Betting New York (retail only)
- Sports Betting Pennsylvania
- Sports Betting West Virginia
Though Maryland is small, it has strong fan support for its local sports teams and is well within driving distance of many other populous states, making it a great destination for sports gambling in the future.
While online sports betting is typically the most convenient way to wager, visiting a casino has its own unique appeal. It’s hard to beat the excitement of placing a bet in-person and watching the action unfold on the sportsbook floor, especially during major events such as March Madness or the Super Bowl.
For those who want to enjoy the brick-and-mortar wagering experience, Maryland’s six casinos are scattered throughout the state. Each of these to be automatically be licensed for retail sports betting in when House Bill 940 is enacted.
Like Washington, DC, Illinois, and Arizona, Maryland will also grant licenses to major sports stadiums and racetracks, meaning there will eventually be retail sportsbooks at CamdenYards, FedEx Field, and M&T Bank Stadium as well as Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course, and the state fairgrounds.
Sports Betting Dime will provide status updates as they become available. In the meantime, find the full name, address, and hours of operation of Maryland’s six casinos below.
|Hollywood Casino Perryville||Barstool Sportsbook||1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD 21903||Open 24/7|
|Horseshoe Casino Baltimore||Caesars Sportsbook||1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230||Open 24/7|
|Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel||FanDuel Sportsbook||7002 Arundel Mills Cir #7777, Hanover, MD 21076||Open 24/7|
|MGM National Harbor||BetMGM||101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745||Open 24/7|
|Ocean Downs Casino||TwinSpires||10218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin, MD 21811||Daily: 8am to 2am|
|Rocky Gap Casino Resort||TBD||16701 Lakeview Rd NW, Flintstone, MD 21530||Open 24/7|
*Hours subject to change due to COVID-19
Online sports betting sites will be available in Maryland in the near future. You’ll soon be able to place a sports bet while sitting amongst Ravens Nation at M&T Bank Stadium.
Expect to see most if not all of the industry leaders and a number of smaller operators in Maryland.
Maryland legislators took important steps to prioritize licenses and funds for minority and women-owned businesses. The state will also ensure smaller businesses can obtain licenses, including non-gaming entities such as bars, restaurants, minor-league sports venues, and others. Smaller operators will pay a lower licensing fee, reducing barriers to entry.
Mobile betting apps offer fans the flexibility and convenience of placing a sports bet from anywhere at any time.
Maryland regulations allow for up to 60 mobile sports betting permits, so bettors will soon have no shortage of options.
Here are some of the sportsbook apps we expect to see in Maryland:
|Betting App||State-Specific Version?||Learn More|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||No||Read Review|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||No||Read Review|
|BetMGM Sportsbook||No||Read Review|
|PointsBet Sportsbook||No||Read Review|
|William Hill Sportsbook||No||Read Review|
Most betting apps and online sportsbooks offer a variety of promotions and bonuses in order to stand out in an increasingly competitive market. These offers change on a frequent basis and can add significant amounts to your bankroll.
Many promos come in the form of boosted odds – meaning a bigger potential payout for the same risk – or risk-free bet credits. Some sportsbooks also offer skills-based contests, and most top-rated books offer lucrative welcome bonuses. Taking advantage of these is a great reason to register with an online sportsbook even if you plan to do most of your betting in-person at a casino.
Check this page for the latest Maryland sportsbook promotions and sign-up bonuses as sports betting goes live in the state.
Maryland voters overwhelmingly approved of sports wagering in a referendum in November 2020, then Gov. Larry Hogan signed legal sports betting into law in May 2021. Legal sportsbooks are projected to launch in Maryland later in summer 2021.
The sections below summarize the most important information bettors in Maryland should be aware of.
Maryland lawmakers full-heartedly embrace online betting and will issue more permits than any other state as a means to remain competitive in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Maryland will allow fully remote registration, meaning bettors will not be required to sign up for or verify an online sportsbook account in person.
Sports Betting Dime will keep you up to date with rules and regulations for online sportsbooks in Maryland, as well as licensee information, as more information becomes available.
Maryland is still finalizing rules and restrictions for sports betting in the state. We expect more information to become available soon.
Check back here for updates on:
- What types of sporting events are eligible to be wagered on
- What types of wagers are allowed
- Notable exceptions and restrictions
Check out some of the most frequently asked questions about Maryland sports betting.
Can you bet on sports in Maryland?
In-person sports betting is currently available in Maryland. Online sports betting is expected to launch sometime in 2022.
How many casinos are in Maryland?
Maryland has six casinos and five horse tracks.
Where will Maryland sports betting revenue go?
State officials estimate that sports betting in Maryland could generate up to $20 million a year in tax revenue. Both lawmakers and the November 2020 ballot measure explicitly stated that the primary purpose of this revenue will be to fund public education.
Will mobile sports betting be allowed in Maryland?
Yes. Mobile sports betting is expected to go live in Maryland sometime in 2022.
Get ready to place a bet at a legal MD sportsbook by starting to research local teams before the anticipated launch of sports betting in 2022. The following pro sports teams are located in or near Maryland:
- Baltimore Orioles
- Baltimore Ravens
- D.C. United
- Washington Capitals
- Washington Football Team
- Washington Nationals
- Washington Wizards
The Baltimore Ravens have already announced BetMGM as the team’s official gaming partner, so expect to see advertisements around M&T Bank Stadium. It’s also likely BetMGM will offer enhanced offs and promotions on Ravens games.
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Maryland is one of few states in the US to go from allowing gambling to banning it, and is now in the process of bringing it back again. Notably, any expansion of commercial gambling activities in Maryland must be approved by a majority vote in a statewide referendum.
Once upon a time, Maryland offered legal slots betting before banning the activity in 1968. Decades later, referendums in 2008 and 2012, respectively, brought back slots wagering and then table games at state casinos.
Since then, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned on May 14, 2018. As a result, each state is now permitted to create its own laws and regulations for sports betting. As such, Maryland passed bill SB 4 to hold a referendum vote on sports and events wagering in November 2020. The vote passed overwhelmingly, paving the path for sports betting to launch in Maryland sometime in 2022.
In the meantime, the Old Line State has six casinos and five horse tracks overall. They opened their sixth casino, the MGM National Harbor, in December of 2019. Those who follow the World Poker Tour may recognize the Maryland Live! Casino, which is the state’s largest and hosts a stop on the tour.
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