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MD Online Sportsbook Launch Updates for Bettors 2022

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 Updated October 7, 2022

Retail sports betting is live in Maryland as of December 2021. Online sports wagering has yet to be legalized since division between lawmakers has led to the longest online sports betting launch delay in U.S. history.

However, prospective Maryland bettors got good news in September when regulators said the state is on pace to start betting by the end of 2022. The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission opted to let online sportsbooks begin taking bets once they’re licensed, as opposed to making them wait to launch together.

Oct. 2 is the deadline to apply for an online sports betting license — which the SWARC has up to 45 days to review. That means Maryland’s first sports betting apps should be live by late November or the first week of December.

Latest Sports News in Maryland:

  • Ravens win their second road matchup of the season (37-26) against the Patriots. Lamar Jackson showed no signs of elbow discomfort after contributing five touchdowns and recording 107 rushing yards. (9/26)
  • Maryland suffers first loss of the season against Michigan. Both teams scored a combined 31 points in the fourth quarter. (9/26)
  • Commanders lose their second-straight game of the season (24-8) against the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington managed to score their only points of the game in the fourth quarter, which is their lowest point total of the season. (9/26)

What to Keep an Eye on:

  • Will Maryland win at home against Michigan State after losing to the Wolverines? (9/26)
  • Can the Commanders pull off a win against the Cowboys at home? (9/26)
  • After their recent road victory, will Lamar Jackson and the Ravens win their first home game against the Buffalo Bills? The Bills are currently the favorites to win the 2023 Super Bowl. (9/26) 

Maryland Sports Betting Key Takeaways

⚖️ Is sports betting legal in Maryland?

Yes, at retail locations only. You can't place mobile bets just yet. The expectation, however, is that legalized online legal sports betting will begin sometime in late 2022 or early 2023.

💸  What are the requirements to bet online once it is legal?

You will likely have to be 21 years of age and physically in the state (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech, or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place wagers.

📒 What online sportsbooks will be available in MD? FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM, PointsBet and TwinSpires

🏈 What sports will I be able to bet on?

MD bettors will be able to bet on all the major league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL), including college football and basketball, and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket and rugby.

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MD Sports Betting Overview, Timeline and Background

Maryland is on pace to start online sports betting by the end of the year, regulators said in September.

Maryland's Sports Wagering Application Review Commission will allow online sportsbooks to begin taking bets once they’re licensed, as opposed to making them wait to launch together. Oct. 21 is the deadline for books to apply for an online sports betting license, and the SWARC has up to 45 days to review. Maryland’s first sports betting apps are expected to be live by late November or the first week of December.

Retail sports betting launched in MD in December 2021 as mobile bettors in the state continue to wait for online sports betting to go live.

BetMGM was the first book to launch a retail sportsbook location when the MGM National Harbor opened to bettors in early December. Later that week, FanDuel launched its retail sportsbook at Live! Casino Hotel & Maryland, and Caesars did the same with its sportsbook at Horseshow Casino.

Additional retail locations are expected to open in the future. The state's Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) awarded licenses to Hollywood Casino Perryville (Barstool Sportsbook) and Ocean Downs Casino (TwinSpires) in November. The SWARC also awarded licenses to Riverboat-on-the-Potomac (PointsBet) and Long Shot’s.

TwinSpires will open its sportsbook operations at Ocean Downs Casino on Dec. 17. Barstool Sportsbook will follow with its retail location on Dec. 23 at Hollywood Casino. That location will start taking bets but is not expected to open a permanent book until the 2022 Super Bowl.

The SWARC in August opened the license application process for the 17 entities specifically mentioned in the state’s 2021 sports betting legalization bill. Along with the 17 assigned licenses, Maryland’s sports betting bill directs the SWARC to award up to 30 additional retail and 60 online sportsbooks to state businesses. Though Maryland will license as many as 60 statewide mobile sportsbooks, it could take years to reach that cap.

State lawmakers have created two licenses that operators can apply for:

  • Class A license: 17 Class A licenses are given to six casinos, three professional sports teams, and other retail locations throughout the state.
  • Class B license: 30 licenses will be given to additional retail locations such as gas stations, facilities with gaming kiosks, etc. 

If an operator is able to attain both Class A and B licenses, they will be eligible to apply for an online wagering license in the Old Line State.

The legalization of sports betting in the Old Line State has been a lengthy process. Arizona and Connecticut, which both approved sports betting around the same time as MD, have launched both retail and online sportsbooks.

Maryland's Legalization Timeline

It's still a process getting online sports betting to the goal line. We'll bet you care more about the sports of it all than the legal history, but here are some of the important events along the way:

September 2022

Maryland sports betting regulators announced that Maryland is on pace to start online sports betting before the end of 2022. The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission will let online sportsbooks start taking bets once they’re licensed, instead of making them wait to launch together. [Maryland Sports Betting Apps on Pace to Launch by November or December, Sept. 22]

April 2022

The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission is set to study market-inclusion opportunities for minority- and female-owned businesses.This new commission was formed due to a referendum in the November 2020 sports betting ballot with hopes of addressing inclusion and then moving onto the rules and applications process, which could take up to half a year or longer. [Action Network, April 27]

December 2021

Maryland advances mobile sports betting rules. The state has begun to clear the path for online sports betting after advancing several mobile betting rules. [Path opening to online sports betting, Dec. 16]

Retail sports betting goes live. BetMGM, FanDuel and Caesars launch retail sportsbooks in Maryland, meaning sports bettors can place in-person wagers for the first time. [First legal sports bets placed, Dec. 9]

November 2021

Sports Wagering Application Review Commission announces initial sports betting locations. MGM, Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover and Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin were approved by the SWARC to begin taking wagers. [5 casinos approved, Nov. 18]

September 2021

Licensing opening begins at earliest late September. Licensing opening will begin sometime after the public comment window closes on Sept. 27, so we’re not looking at Maryland sports betting happening until the 2021 NFL season is well underway. [Public Comments]

August 2021

Regulators announce opening of 30-day public comment period. This is a public comment period for the final sports betting rules that have been approved by the legislators. This commenting period closes Sept. 27. [Launch date TBD, Aug. 27]

July 2021

Regulators advance regulations. Regulators advanced hundreds of pages of key sports book regulations without opposition.  [On Track for Fall Launch, July 15]

May 2021

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed the state’s betting law.The bill passed as an “emergency” which allows it to take effect immediately. Regulators still need to approve rules and regulations and then license each sports book. [Signed Into Law, May 18]

 April 2021

Maryland House of Delegates Approves.The final measure was approved in the House with 122 members voting yes and 16 voting no. This comes hours after the Senate approved it unanimously. This bill will permit as many as 60 online operators and 30 retail sports books between casinos, professional sports stadiums, and scores of other organizations. [Bill Passes, April 12]

November 2020

Maryland Sports Betting Approved by Voters. The ballot measure amended the constitution to permit sports betting. Maryland lawmakers still need to agree and vote on regulations and draft up the details. [MD Voters Approve, Nov. 3]

May 2020

Gov. Larry Hogan doesn’t veto or sign SB 4, which automatically pushes it ahead to the ballot. [TrackBill, May 8]

March 2020

Maryland State Senate votes to approve SB 4. Just days after the House votes to approve, the Maryland State Senate gives approval as well. This means it goes to the desk of Gov. Larry Hogan to sign or veto. [TrackBill, March 18]

Maryland House of Representatives votes to approve SB 4. The Maryland Constitution requires that laws expanding commercial wagering be submitted to a referendum at a general election. The House approves. [TrackBill,  March 17]

How Maryland Compares: The MD Sports Betting Report Card

Michigan Grading Card

Mobile Apps

There could be as many as 60 online sportsbooks in Maryland in the coming years, giving bettors more options than virtually any other state. All major operators are expected to enter the market, and MD’s wide-open approach means many smaller or local brands could open as well.

Deposit Options

Depositing should be a breeze, just like in every other state that borders the Old Line State — all of which already accept legal bets.

Competitive Prices

The sheer number of potential books will have to keep operators’ pricing top-notch, and could even incentivize some books to try different approaches that could be to the customer's benefit.

Market Coverage

The massive array of legal books means operators will have to fight for customers' dollars. Expect some of the nation’s most expansive sport and league offerings, including on college games.

Maryland Sports Betting Tips

Basketball icon Sports Betting for MD Beginners

New to sports betting in the Old Line State? Check out our betting education hub for resources so you can get started placing bets.

Baseball icon Sports Betting Glossary

Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology — from parlays, spreads, money lines, and so much more. It can be intimidating for newer betting sports fans when trying to place their bets on the Baltimore Orioles or the Washington Wizards, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions of all the main terms.

Football icon Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid

You won't think twice about betting on your favorite teams like the Ravens or Wizards. It's universally recommended to bet strategically and responsibly when deciding to place wagers on your favorite state teams.

Here are some betting mistakes to avoid.

Maryland Highlights

Maryland Sports Betting Apps on Pace to Launch by November or December

Maryland is scheduled to start online sports betting by the end of the year, regulators said.

Maryland Retail Sports Betting Goes Live

BetMGM, FanDuel and Caesars launch retail sportsbook locations in early December, marking the beginning of in-person sports betting in Maryland.

Maryland In-Person Sports Betting Getting Closer, But Online Wagering Still Months Away

Maryland’s long-stalled retail sports betting launch could finally have a go-live timeline. A regulatory review committee could award up to five retail sportsbook licenses at its Nov. 3 meeting. The meeting was rescheduled from Oct. 14, further prolonging what has already been a drawn-out process.

Maryland Sports Betting Launch Date Still Undetermined as NFL Opener Nears

There’s no firm launch timeline for retail or online sports betting in Maryland two weeks before kickoff of the upcoming NFL season

Maryland Sports Betting Continues Toward Fall Launch

Maryland sports betting remains on track for a fall 2021 launch after regulators advanced several hundred pages of key sportsbook regulations without opposition. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission’s uncontested votes clear a key regulatory threshold that will allow state officials and future sportsbook operators to continue launch preparations.

Maryland Sports Betting Bill Signed Into Law: Here’s What Comes Next

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed his state’s online and retail sports betting law Tuesday, the final formality ahead of an anticipated launch by fall 2021. The bill passed as an “emergency” allowing it to take effect as soon as it was signed. Maryland sportsbook operators had already started prepping launches even before lawmakers passed the sweeping sports betting bill with huge bipartisan margins in April.

Maryland Online Sports Betting Bill Passes Legislature

Maryland lawmakers passed a sweeping sports betting bill Monday, April 12, that will permit as many as 60 on line operators and 30 retail sportsbooks between casinos, professional sports stadiums, small businesses and scores of other entities and organizations.

Maryland Online Sports Betting Bill Advances with Unlimited Licenses

Maryland lawmakers advanced an uncapped online sports betting bill Wednesday, April 7, a key step toward what would be the nation’s first market with both an unlimited number of digital operators and retail sportsbooks.

Maryland Sports Betting Bill Passes House

The Maryland House of Delegates advanced the state's lone sports betting bill to the Senate. If passed, it would allow as many as 15 statewide mobile sportsbooks and 22 retail locations.

Maryland Still Faces Challenges After Voters Approved Sports Betting

After final votes were cast, here’s where some leading industry stakeholders view as the biggest questions that need to be resolved before betting can begin in Maryland.

Maryland Sports Betting Approved By Voters

Maryland voters approved sports betting on the 2020 ballot, bringing legal wagering to the last remaining Mid-Atlantic state without a licensed sportsbook. 

Maryland Teams

Maryland Sports Teams & MD Sportsbook Partnerships

Licensing Info & Pro Sports Team Sportsbook Partnerships

The following 17 entities were allowed to apply in Maryland under a set-aside sports betting license category for retail sportsbooks at their respective facilities along with mobile betting apps:

Casinos

  • Horseshoe Casino Baltimore (owned by Caesars)
  • Hollywood Casino Perryville (owned by Penn National)
  • Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland (partnered with FanDuel)
  • MGM National Harbor (owned by MGM, operator of BetMGM)
  • Ocean Downs Casino (owned by Churchill Downs, operator of TwinSpires)
  • Rocky Gap Casino

Stadiums

Other Facilities

  • Bingo World (Brooklyn)
  • Greenmount Station (Hampstead)
  • Jockey Bar and Grill (Boonsboro)
  • Maryland State Fairgrounds (Timonium)
  • Rod-N-Reel (Chesapeake Beach)
  • Long Shots (Frederick)
  • Riverboat on the Potomac (Colonial Beach, Virginia — partnered with PointsBet)

Stronach Group, owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico horse tracks, is also allowed to apply for a sports betting license.

Pro Teams in Maryland

NFL Logo NFL Betting in Maryland

Baltimore Ravens logo Baltimore Ravens

Most Marylanders would probably list the Ravens atop their list of supported teams, given 1.) the NFL's overall popularity edge, and 2.) the fact that the Ravens are competitive on seemingly a yearly basis.

They play their home games at M&T Bank Stadium, in Baltimore, and compete in the AFC North Division. Among the Raven greats, you'll find Johnny Unitas (a 10-time Pro-Bowler and 4-time MVP), Ray Lewis (a 13-time Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl XXXV MVP) and Ed Reed (a 9-time Pro-Bowler), each of which is considered among the best all-time at their respective positions.

Ravens Odds

Week 5 NFL Game Odds: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming NFL game: Updated October 7, 2022 - Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change

Team

Spread 

Moneyline 

Total

Cincinnati Bengals

(+3.5) -120

+145

Over 48 (-110)

Baltimore Ravens

(-3.5) +100

-175

Under 48 (-110)

Washington Commanders logo Washington Commanders

Washington's NFL team changed its name to the Washington Commanders in 2022 after they were known as the Washington Football Team for a couple of seasons. The Burgundy and Gold play their home games at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

Commanders Odds

Week 5 NFL Game Odds: Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Commanders

Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming NFL game: Updated October 7, 2022 - Odds Provided by BetMGM Sportsbook - Subject to Change

Team

Spread 

Moneyline 

Total

Tennessee Titans

(-1.5) -110

-130

Over 43 (-110)

Washington Commanders

(+1.5) -110

+110

Under 43 (-110)

MLB Betting in Maryland

orioles logo Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles began play in the American League in 1901 as one of eight charter franchises, though they weren't the Baltimore Orioles at the time. They started as the Milwaukee Brewers, and later became the St. Louis Browns for a time before being purchased in 1953, renamed, and relocated to Baltimore.

The Orioles play their home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Among the Orioles best players: Frank Robinson (1966 triple-crown winner), Brooks Robinson (considered one of, if not the best, defensive 3Bs of all time) and Cal Ripken Jr. (MLB record holder for consecutive games played).

Orioles Odds

If you want in on the baseball action, here are a few resources to help you bet with skill in MD:

College Sports Teams


College Football Betting in Maryland

Maryland logo Maryland Terrapins Football

Maryland is relatively new to the Big Ten football scene, but the Terps have been making their way toward true relevancy in recent years. The team currently plays its games on campus at Maryland Stadium. Opened in 1950, the stadium has been upgraded to seat over 50,000 fans as of its most recent renovation. It's also the home to Maryland's lacrosse team.

Terps Odds

Navy logo Navy Midshipmen Football

The Navy Midshipmen football team represents the U.S. Naval Academy in the American Athletic Conference (which it joined in 2015). And while most of the familiarity with Navy's football program comes from its yearly matchup with Army, the Midshipmen have had some notably strong seasons in recent years as well.

Midshipmen Odds

We've got a few recommended resources to help you bet with insight on college football:

College Basketball Betting in Maryland

Maryland logo Maryland Terrapins Men's Basketball

Like its football team, Maryland's basketball squad made the transition from the ACC to the Big Ten in 2014, and the Terps have been pretty competitive in their new setting.

The Terps play their home games at the XFINITY Center in College Park.

Terps Odds

Navy logo Navy Midshipmen Men's Basketball

It's been some time since Navy was truly relevant in the college basketball scene, but the tides might finally be turning as the Midshipmen are starting to more regularly compete for their first Patriot League title.

Navy plays its home games at Alumni Hall, located on the United State Naval Academy campus in Annapolis.

Midshipmen Odds

We've got a few recommended resources to help you bet on college basketball:

Other Events

Preakness Stakes

The second jewel of the triple crown, The Preakness Stakes is a thoroughbred horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. It's traditionally held on the third Saturday in May two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes. The 9.5-furlong race has been running since 1873, making for a total of 145 races.

It has been dubbed the "Race for the Black-eyed Susans" thanks to the blanket constructed of flowers assembled to look like a Black-eyed Susan (MD's state flower) that gets placed on the winning horse.

Maryland Locations

MGM National Harbor

MGM National Harbor is a casino minutes from Washington D.C., on the banks of the Potomac River.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is the second largest casino in Maryland.

Live! Casino & Hotel

Live! Casino & Hotel is close to Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

Maryland stadium

Sam is a sports betting reporter for The Action Network, covering the latest legal and industry news, among other things. A two-time Society of Business Editors and Writers award winner, Sam is based out of Washington DC. His interests are limited to the New York Knicks, combing through government regulations and his rescue-pup, Bowie.

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Maryland Sports Betting FAQs
Commonly asked questions about sports betting in the Old Line State.
Is Maryland sports betting legal?

Maryland sports betting is legal in-person at nearly a dozen casino and racetrack sportsbooks. Online sports betting is yet to become legalized in the state, as it's expected to finally be legalized within the next year.

When could online sports betting be legal in Maryland?

While MD has the longest holdout to launch online sports betting after initial legalization in 2021, a launch within the next year is expected. This decision will be made after the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) studies inclusion for minorities in the state's market. Once the results of the study have been studied, the MD Lottery will begin the rules and applications process, which will delay the legalization process even further.

Which sportsbooks will be available in Maryland?

FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, PointsBet and Barstool Sportsbook are among a dozen or more brands that have already announced market access deals or that are expected to do so. We'll keep you informed on the latest news on sportsbook operators who will enter the MD market before the state finally launches sports betting in late 2022 or early 2023.

Will it be legal to bet on college sports in Maryland?

College wagering is expected to be available in Maryland once sports betting is legalized. We may have to wait until 2023 for online sports betting to finally arrive in MD.

Where will Maryland funds raised from sports betting be allocated?

Sports wagering taxes must be primarily put toward funding public education.

Who regulates gambling in Maryland?

The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency regulates and oversees gambling in the Old Line State. Once lawmakers overcome the longest (by wait time) online sports betting launch in history, bettors will no longer have to place their bets at retail locations.

Who can operate online sports betting and internet gaming in Maryland?

Maryland will license as many as 60 statewide mobile sportsbooks, though it could take years to reach that cap. Maryland’s 2021 sports betting law permits its six casinos and three professional sports venues to apply for licensure, all of which are expected to do so.

What is Maryland's sports betting tax rate?

The Old Line State is currently taxing residents and nonresidents differently, which is not as common. Here are the current rates for bettors and sports operators:

  • Residents are taxed 8.75%
  • Nonresidents are taxed at a 7% rate.
  • Retail sports betting locations (and online sportsbooks when legalized) are taxed 15%. Smaller locations that have acquired secondary licenses are taxed at a slightly lower rate of 13%.
Should I place bets on sites that allow wagers from the US or other countries?

You should not use these sports betting sites because they are illegal operators. Bettors must know that their money is not secure and regulated on these sites by a legal entity. MyBookie and Bovada are common examples of illegal offshore sports betting sites.