Maryland online sports betting is certain to go live soon, and Crossing Broad has the MD online sports bettor covered with news, reviews and more.
Thanks to the voters’ approval of a referendum in November 2020, coupled with the passage of a new sports betting bill (HB 940) in the Spring of 2021, Maryland sports gamblers are as close to experiencing the exciting light at the end of the tunnel as possible.
Maryland Online Sports Betting is coming. Targeted to officially go live at some point in 2022, a state that’s home to a number of worthy professional sports organizations, is expected to compete with some of the best sports betting states in the nation.
State officials previously targeted Sept. 1, 2021, as the online launch date, but it didn’t come to pass. Either way, Maryland is one of the last of the mid-Atlantic states to officially launch legal online sports betting.
Unlike New York, a state that currently boasts retail sports betting at several brick-and-mortar locations, Maryland is still without that feature. Soon, however, the Old Line State will be ready to launch retail sports gambling in addition to the popular online version.
The fine folks outside of Maryland’s borders and within state lines of an already-legalized online sports betting state can get started today with a $1,500 deposit match at Caesars Sportsbook.
Probable Online Sportsbooks to Launch in 2022
Recent history and geographical information suggest that Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, BetMGM and PointsBet Sportsbook are five of the major sportsbooks expected to hop all over Maryland once everything comes together.
Interestingly, William Hill was actually the largest retail sportsbook in America. Founded over 50 years ago in England, William Hill Sportsbook also enjoys a great presence worldwide.
That was then.
Now, after Caesars Entertainment’s acquisition of William Hill this past summer, a new big player has joined the online sports betting market. Caesars Sportsbook is here and currently offering a mouthwatering $1,001 free bet match to new users.
States where Caesars Sportsbook is currently live:
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
- New York
FanDuel Sportsbook is Crossing Broad’s preferred sportsbook cohice. The company that made itself famous via daily fantasy sports is now one of the leaders in the online sports gambling game.
There’s no reason to think FanDuel Sportsbook won’t enter the Maryland online sports gambling market. Those within limits of a legal online sports betting state can take advantage of FanDuel Sportsbook’s excellent $1,000 No-Sweat First Bet offer today.
It’s already in 10 states, keeping pace with its chief rival, DraftKings Sportsbook.
States where FanDuel Sportsbook is currently live:
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
- New York
As you may have already heard, Crossing Broad touts FanDuel Sportsbook as its preferred sportsbook. Then again, that doesn’t mean DraftKings Sportsbook should be left out in the cold entirely.
Not only does DraftKings Sportsbook offer an incredible amount of variety, but it also provides new users with an amazing entrance promo. The aforementioned new-user bonus is one of the best in the business.
For non-Maryland residents or and/or those who are currently within state lines of a legalized online sports gambling state, simply sign up as a first-time user, deposit at least $5 and make a risk-free sports wager of up to $50. The deposit bonus of up to $1,000 will be matched at 20% requiring 25x Play Thru.
While there isn’t an area DraftKings Sportsbook lags behind significantly, it’s worth mentioning the mobile app specifically. For our money, it’s the best mobile sportsbook app in the market today.
States where DraftKings Sportsbook is currently live:
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
- New York
BetMGM is the online sports betting platform of the famed MGM Resorts and Casinos, its parent company, and what this specific option has going for it is its prestige.
This organization has been known for its gambling expertise for over 30 years. Similar to many of the top online sportsbooks out there, BetMGM first entered the market in New Jersey in 2018, when the PASPA was legendarily overturned.
Those who are currently located in a legal online sports-betting state can take advantage of BetMGM’s enticing $600 risk-free bet right now.
States where BetMGM is currently live:
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
- Washington D.C.
- New York
PointsBet Sportsbook quickly entered the U.S. market after the overturn of PASPA in 2018. Founded originally in Australia, PointsBet has become the sportsbook many online sports gambling pundits love to root for.
If eligible, new users can make two risk-free best of up to $2,000 with PointsBet, which is operating in six states, thus encouraging its scrappy and underdog nature.
States where PointsBet Sportsbook is currently live:
- New Jersey
Maryland Online Sports Betting News & Timeline
The road to legal Maryland online sports betting has required patience. Maryland required voter approval for any commercial betting activity expansion. Fortunately, the referendum that was brought to the table was overwhelmingly approved.
Despite a slow patch that arrived as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland righted the ship in the spring with the passage of Bill HB 940—one of the most impactful sports-betting bills in the nation.
Governor Larry Hogan made Maryland online sports betting a future reality on May 18, 2021.
Maryland’s six casinos will soon see licenses for in-person sports gambling. In addition, the three major professional sports stadiums, the fairgrounds, the riverboat casino on the Potomac River, and the horse racing tracks will also be granted licenses via the state.
- June 10, 2021: PointsBet partners with the Riverboat on the Potomac, one of Maryland’s four licensed off-track betting sites (one of six total casinos in the state).
- May 19, 2021: The Baltimore Ravens partners with BetMGM, moving the sports gambling legitimacy needle further with the NFL jumping aboard.
- May 18, 2021: House Bill 940 is signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan.
- April 12, 2021: HB 940 passes through the Maryland state legislature.
- Nov. 3, 2020: Maryland voters overwhelmingly approve the legalization of sports betting (retail) at casinos and stadiums by a margin of 2 to 1 via a referendum.
- May 14, 2018: PASPA is overturned, opening the door for states to legalize online sports betting.
Maryland Sports Betting Market Overview
Maryland’s sports-gambling potential is something many in the market are salivating over. It’s not hard to grasp why once the state’s data is viewed.
- Population (2020 Census): 6.177 million
- Expected Launch Date: Sept. 1, 2021
- Regulator: Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission
- Platforms: Both online and retail are still pending
- Tax Rate: 15 percent (will increase to 17.5 percent on annual mobile betting revenue above $5 million per operator)
Projected Maryland Online Sports Betting Revenue
Early indications suggest that Maryland’s sports-betting handle can be worth more than $200 million. More than $2 million of that outrageous sum is estimated to go to the state in tax revenue.
Maryland Retail Sports Betting Locations
Thirty retail sports-betting licenses will be handed out by the state, six of which are the state’s major casinos.
MGM National Harbor
- 101 MGM National Ave, Forest Heights, MD 20745
- Sportsbook association: BetMGM
MGM National Harbor is an MGM Resort and Casino that offers lodging, restaurants, entertainment, and more. It really has it all for when it comes to vacation and gambling. It is, of course, a part of the M life loyalty program, and you can earn points or spend points at this location.
- 10218 Racetrack Road, Berlin, MD 21811
The Ocean Downs Casino offers some of the best action in the state. From over 850 slot machines to live table games and summer harness racing, there’s a little bit of everything for everybody in Berlin, MD.
- 7002 Arundel Mills Cir #7777, Hanover, MD 21076
- Sportsbook partnership: FanDuel Sportsbook
The dominant gaming destination in its region, and the most visited destination in Maryland, attracting over 18 million visitors annually. Located at the Arundel Mills Mall in the heart of the Baltimore-Washington Corridor, the project combines dynamic gaming, dining and entertainment with a world-class retail experience.
- 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD 21903
Hollywood Casino Perryville offers Vegas-style gaming vibes in a friendly community atmosphere. Add in great food and free live entertainment and you’re sure to find something to liven up your day. Our endless action-packed casino floor is equipped with approximately 800 of the latest reel and video slot machines and all the table games you love to play including poker, craps, roulette, blackjack and many more.
- 1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230
- Sportsbook association: William Hill Sportsbook
Caesars Entertainment joins two successful gaming leaders, Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts, who have come together to create the largest and most diversified collection of destinations across the U.S.
- 16701 Lakeview Rd NE, Flintstone, MD 21530
Rocky Gap Casino Resort is located in Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland in the heart of Allegany County. A AAA 4-Diamond Award® and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning resort, Rocky Gap offers a casino, hotel, conference center, Bonkerz Comedy Club, three restaurants and a deli, indoor and outdoor event spaces, the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Maryland, a spa, indoor pool, fitness center, pro shop, complimentary valet parking, individual parking, and several outdoor recreational activities.
Maryland Professional Sports Teams
Understanding which professional sports teams are actually located in Maryland isn’t a common thing. What exactly is Washington D.C., after all? After realizing how many major professional sports teams are located in this geographical region—six, by my count—confusion reigns supreme.
Luckily, Crossing Broad is here to break it down. Three of the six big boys in the area can claim they play their home games in the state of Maryland.
Washington Football Team
- Washington Football Team +4000 to win Super Bowl 56
- Washington Football Team +200 to win the 2021 NFC East
- Chase Young +850 to win the 2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
The Washington Football Team enters its second season without a nickname, but a beard is coming to supplement. Can veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick improve upon their playoff-bound season from 2020?
The latest DraftKings Sportsbook NFL Odds over at Pro Football Network suggests the oddsmakers believe WFT is on the rise.
- Sportsbook partnership: FanDuel
FanDuel Sportsbook struck early in the state via a partnership with the NFL’s Washington Football Team.
- Baltimore Ravens +1400 to win Super Bowl 56
- Baltimore Ravens +650 to win the 2021 AFC Championship
- Lamar Jackson +1800 to win the 2021 NFL MVP
Can Lamar Jackson snag his second NFL MVP? Well, some NFL pundits believe he can now that the Baltimore Ravens upped the talent level around him. Drafting wide receiver Rashod Bateman and signing Sammy Watkins is a decent start.
Naturally, putting your money on the table for the Ravens to win the AFC North is usually a wise bet. Baltimore has won its division in two of the last three seasons.
- Sportsbook partnership: BetMGM
Interestingly, the Ravens have already announced a sports-betting partnership with BetMGM.
- Baltimore Orioles +100000 to win the 2021 World Series
- Baltimore Orioles +100000 to win the 2021 AL Pennant
- Baltimore Orioles +100000 to win the 2021 AL East
Those who really love (and we mean, “really love”) a long shot can turn their attention to the Baltimore Orioles. The O’s to win pretty much anything is currently running at +100000 odds.
Maryland Sports Betting FAQs
Will Sports Betting be Legal in Maryland?
Yes. State officials have targeted Sept. 1, 2021, as the go-live date.
Is DraftKings Sportsbook Legal in Maryland?
FanDuel is patiently awaiting the process via online, but its retail side is ready to go with a partnership with Live! Casino & Hotel and the Baltimore Ravens.
Is DraftKings Sports Betting Legal in Maryland?
Similar to FanDuel, DraftKings is expected to pounce as soon as it's possible to go live online. DraftKings Sportsbook also has a headstart with a partnership with the Washington Football Team.
Is Maryland online sports betting currently live?
No, but it's coming. 2022 is when online sports betting is expected to become a live reality.
Is retail sports betting currently legal and live?
No, but like its online counterpart, it's coming soon (estimated target: 2022).
Who controls Maryland sports betting?
The state does, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission.
Can I bet on college sports once it goes live?
Yes, college sports will be included, including in-state college teams such as The University of Maryland.
Can I Play Daily Fantasy Sports in Maryland?
Yes, Maryland does allow daily fantasy sports, as it is not officially deemed as sports wagering. The profit made from playing is taxable income.
How many retail licenses will be dished out in Maryland?
A total of 30 retial sports betting licenses will be handed out, six of which include the state's major casinos.
What is the Size of the Maryland Sports Betting Market?
Maryland's betting market could be huge. Many experts project a sports betting handle passing $200 million.