Maryland Sports Betting in 2021

Last updated: Dec. 2, 2021

Maryland is poised to trade smashing crabs for smashing sports gambling revenue projections. Retail sportsbooks will open in several casinos, potentially in December or early 2022, but the wait for online wagering drags on.

The Old Line State will become the last of its Mid-Atlantic brethren to legalize sports betting — sports gambling is legal in each of its neighboring jurisdictions. The abundance of in-state sports franchises, coupled with its proximity to those in nearby states, positions Maryland as a likely competitive U.S. market for sports betting.

Read on for a detailed summary of everything you need to know about sports wagering in Maryland.

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    Population: 6.2 million

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    Legal age for sports betting: 21

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    Online sports betting: TBD

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    Retail sportsbooks: TBD

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    Sports betting revenue: N/A

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Is sports betting legal in Maryland?

Short answer: Yes. Maryland Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. signed sports betting bill HB 940 into law in May 2021. However, there's a rub, and it isn't Old Bay.

Maryland voters had their say and voted to legalize sports betting via a 2020 referendum. The state legislature passed a sports betting measure in April 2021, and Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr (R) signed sports betting bill HB 940 into law in May 2021.

Gov. Hogan was informed by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) that launching sports betting ahead of the NFL regular-season opener on Sept. 9 would not be feasible. Upon receiving the news, Gov. Hogan told Maryland Matters: “I pressed them pretty hard about making sure we get it done at least by the end of football season when all the betting takes place, really — in the playoffs and the Super Bowl.”

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) posted the draft rules to the Maryland Register on Aug. 27, 2021. The public comment period lasts 30 days, with a public meeting locked for Sept. 22, 2021.

Follow Maryland's and each state's progress with our sports betting legal tracker.

Timeline of Maryland sports betting

Positive momentum at all levels of government should propel Maryland sports betting legalization. However, the inability of the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) and Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) to work harmoniously has put a damper on plans to introduce sports betting in 2021. All signs point to a legal retail launch early in 2022 and mobile sports betting in late 2022.

Read about notable moments in Maryland's march to legalize sports betting:

Nov. 2020: Voters approved legal sports betting via a referendum on the 2020 ballot. Neighboring Mid-Atlantic states had already legalized sports betting, and MD state legislators moved to avoid being left behind.

March 2021: The House Ways & Means Committee sent HB 940 to the House floor for a vote. The bill provided accommodations to expand the number of licenses and allow retail sportsbooks at all Maryland casinos and big-league sports venues.

April 2021: Both Maryland state houses passed HB 940, which green-lit retail and online sports betting. Up to 60 mobile and online sportsbooks are allowed to operate in Maryland.

May 2021: Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr (R) signed sports betting bill HB 940 into law.

July 2021: The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) approved draft rules for sports betting regulations to guide the state’s licensing and operational rollout. The 228-page document was posted to the Maryland Register. The public comment period lasts 30 days, with a public meeting locked for Sept. 22, 2021.

Aug. 2021: Gov. Hogan told Maryland Matters that legal sports betting won't be ready by the start of the NFL regular season but is optimistic about a launch in time for the playoffs and the 2022 Super Bowl.

Sept. 8, 2021: the Baltimore Ravens and Caesars Entertainment, Inc. announced a broad partnership with Caesars Sportsbook. The agreement further increases Horseshoe Baltimore's standing as the team's lone official casino partner.

Nov. 4, 2021: Following Sports Wagering Application Review Commission's (SWARC) refusal to award five retail sports betting licenses on November 3, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin indicates sports betting is unlikely to arrive in Maryland until early 2022.

Nov. 16, 2021: During a VIXIO GamblingCompliance webinar, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin says the state is "a long way away" from launching mobile sports betting. SWARC has yet to define regulations or what the operator application process will look like in MD.

Nov. 18, 2021: SWARC awards casino sports betting licenses to Hollywood Casino Perryville (Barstool), Horseshoe Baltimore (Caesars), Live! Casino Maryland (FanDuel), MGM National Harbor (BetMGM), and Ocean Downs (TwinSpires).

Dec. 2, 2021: The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission announces it is preparing for a soft launch in December. Five retail sportsbooks will be watched closely by MLGCC staff over a two-day period. Additionally, MLGCC forwards two off-track betting facilities — Riverboat on the Potomac and Long Shot’s — to SWARC after qualifying the locations for sports betting licenses. 

Online sports betting: Coming soon to MD

As the pieces for Maryland's sports betting puzzle slowly fall into place, several details have emerged. The bill, in its current form, permits as many as 60 mobile and online sportsbooks.

Each mobile sportsbook licensee is allowed to partner with an online betting platform operator, who must secure an operator license. All sports betting licenses are valid for five years.

Who can bet on sports in Maryland?

Residents aged 21 or older will be eligible to wager on sports. Maryland's State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission will regulate sports betting, which should start in 2022.

Review these tips in advance of legalized Maryland sports betting.

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Sports betting in MD will be reserved for individuals 21 and older.

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Retail licenses were awarded to Maryland's six casinos, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course thoroughbred racing tracks and the affiliated stadiums for the Baltimore Orioles, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Washington Football Team.

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Removing legal sports wagering red tape is underway. Expansive licensing for as many as 60 mobile betting operators, and its favorable geographic location, could position Maryland ahead of D.C. and Virginia, which have both implemented legal sports betting.

21plus Remote registration

Once the formal legal wagering switch has been flipped, Maryland bettors will enjoy fully remote registration. Persons within the state will not be required to sign up for or verify an online sportsbook account in person.

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Maryland will leverage geolocation tracking software to verify your location. MD residency is not a requirement, but you must be physically present within the state's borders to place bets.

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In Maryland, winnings in excess of $5,000 are subject to 25% withholding for federal and state income tax purposes. That figure climbs to 28% if you do not furnish or provide your Social Security Number.

 

 

 

Crossing state lines: Nearby betting sites 2021

Legal sports betting in Maryland is close to reality. Until then, nearby neighborly options exist, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. Each has legalized and regulated sports betting, either via mobile, in-person, or a combination thereof.

Anyone physically located in those jurisdictions is free to register and place a sports bet. Online bettors can download one of the authorized mobile apps and follow the prompts to start betting.

The pros and cons of MD sports betting

The Free State's move to legalize sports wagering and implement the necessary infrastructure is encouraging  as many as 60 online sportsbooks are allowed to operate in MD.

There's also potential to open retail sportsbooks at professional sports stadiums, casinos, and race tracks. Plus, up to 30 additional license holders for brick-and-mortar betting facilities. In total, regulators could hand out up to 107 sports betting licenses in Maryland.

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  • Mobile betting and fully remote registration
  • As many as 60 mobile and online sports betting sites
  • Competition benefits MD customers
  • Home to several professional teams
Cons
  • No go-to-market launch date
  • Neighboring states stealing market share

How to start betting in Maryland

With as many as 60 online sportsbooks eligible to enter the market, plus the option of visiting a retail sportsbook, MD bettors should have access to more options than any other state. Until then, you can familiarize yourself with the setup process.

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Select a sportsbook

The list of confirmed operators has yet to be finalized, but we're expecting to see prominent industry players get a seat at Maryland's sports betting table.

Researching each feature and reading sportsbook reviews is vital  you'll want to identify which one of the bunch, or multiple options, best satisfies your betting requirements.

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Register online

The promise of fully remote registration means Maryland sports bettors should have the option to sign-up with a sportsbook from just about anywhere in the state. All users must share their personal information, and identity verification checks are made using your driver's license or Social Security Number.

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Claim a bonus

The potential record number of sportsbooks on hand in Maryland should benefit the playing customer. Generous sign-up bonuses, risk-free bets, no-deposit bonuses, deposit matches, and additional incentives should be coming down the turnpike.

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Deposit funds

Adding real money funds to your account before choosing any wagers is necessary.

While the legal landscape is in flux, regulated Maryland sportsbooks will likely authorize the use of credit cards, debit cards, ACH transfers, pre-paid cards, cash at casino cages, and digital payment methods like PayPal for minimum deposits. Similar options should be available for withdrawals, too.

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Choose your bet types

Maryland and the state's soon-to-be-affiliated legal sportsbooks will offer these most popular bet types: moneylines, Over/Unders (totals), point spreads, parlays, teasers, futures, and live bets.

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Start betting

Again, Maryland's competitive landscape should benefit its consumers. We always advise players to shop betting lines and compare pricing before making a bet.

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Withdraw funds

The speed at which you secure sports bet winnings is important. Review the sportsbook's terms and conditions and read third-party reviews to gauge their response times. Depending on the sportsbook or withdrawal method, you may incur fees on the transaction.

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Maryland will follow the lead of all U.S. states and display American betting odds as the default selection.

You can spot favorites by looking for the minus sign (-), and the value that follows identifies the amount you must wager to win $100. In this example, -190 odds mean you need to risk $190 to win $100.

Look out for the plus sign (+) to identify underdogs, highlighting the amount you would win if you placed a $100 bet. For example, +110 odds indicate that a $100 wager would net $110 in profit.

We developed an odds converter to help you toggle between American, fractions, or decimals odds.

 

What you can't bet on in Maryland

Marylanders cannot yet wager with a regulated local sportsbook. When legal sports become a reality, all professional, college, and Olympic sports will be viable wagering plays.

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It will not be legal to wager on political activity in Maryland at the state or federal level.

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Betting on various awards shows, including the Academy Awards, will not be permissible in MD.

What about Maryland college sports?

Maryland will allow college sports betting, including wagering on in-state collegiate teams.

Home team advantage: MD sports

Researching your bets is a great way to eliminate bias. Backing the home team feels good but might damage your bankroll.

Our how to bet guides provide actionable insights for new and intermediate bettors.

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Other types of gambling

Marylanders are fond of gambling: Gaming revenue at the state's six casinos set a record high in July 2021 for the third time in five months.

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Maryland is home to six land-based casinos, each of which received licenses for in-person sports betting. Traditional table games and slots aplenty are found at each of the casinos.

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In Maryland, no laws prohibiting playing online poker exist. It falls within a grey area, meaning offshore sites are in play. However, there are four legit poker rooms in Maryland, including Maryland Live! Casino. The state’s largest casino hosts one of the stops on the World Poker Tour.

Horse and jockey Horse racing

Maryland boasts a rich horse racing history. The state is home to Pimlico Race Course, the host site for the annual Preakness Stakes, one of the sport’s Triple Crown events.

Horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy races at one of MD's five tracks. Betting-wise, they can wager online with TVG, TwinSpires, or BetAmerica.

Horse and jockey Daily fantasy sports

Maryland was one of the first states to pass a law explicitly legalizing fantasy sports. DFS operators are not required to complete a registration process or pay any registration fees, making it easier for new entrants to operate. DraftKings, FanDuel, Monkey Knife Fight, and Yahoo are among the more popular operators.

Responsible gaming in Maryland

The collection of Maryland gambling taxes and fees contribute to funding responsible gambling education and support programs. Marylanders with gambling problems can leverage resources only a phone call — or a click — away.

Additionally, every licensed and legal sportsbook anticipated to launch in Maryland addresses responsible gaming as part of its platform.

Legal U.S. sports betting markets

Maryland is catching up with its already legalized Mid-Atlantic neighbors. Once MD formally legalizes sports betting, they will join these other states: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, TennesseeVirginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Sportsbooks to avoid in Maryland

Legal, regulated options are coming to Maryland. In the meantime, don't risk your hard-earned cash or waste your time betting with sportsbooks that don't play by the rules.

If you come across any offshore sports betting site in Maryland, it is operating illegally. 

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