Maryland voters partially got what they wanted following a November 2020 referendum, as retail sports betting opened to the public in 2021. However, mobile and online sports betting still appear to be a ways away despite hope that they would be ready by the start of the 2022 NFL season. We could be looking at 2023 for online sports betting.
Maryland Online Gambling News
Legal online gambling is still waiting at the start line in Maryland, with no operators running in the state with casino or sports betting options.
Retail sports betting came to the state at the end of 2021, but the launch of online and mobile apps is still in the works.
Online casinos and poker don’t seem to be the focus of talks among legislators in the Old Line state, meaning avid gamblers will have to wait a while to be able to play their favorite games from the comfort of their own homes.
But whether it’s more sports betting news or updates on the potential for online casino games and poker, PlayMaryland will cover every step of the action. Keep checking back for the latest updates as well as news of all facets of gambling in the state.
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Maryland is home to six casinos, with the first bets taking place in 2010. However, the people of Maryland are still without online casino options like the neighboring states of New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the proximity of which could push lawmakers towards making a change at some point soon.
The Maryland Lottery has been around almost fifty years. The state-run organization offers Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash 4 Life, and a series of local draw games. There are also a wide range of scratch-off games available at one of the thousands of lottery retailers throughout the state. Keno is part of the MD Lottery offerings as well. The Maryland Lottery serves as the regulator overseeing both video lottery terminals (VLTs) and casinos, and it now has a role in governing sports betting.
There are several noteworthy racetracks throughout Maryland, but none more so than Pimlico Race Course — home of the Preakness Stakes. Laurel Park, Ocean Downs and the Maryland Jockey Club are just a few of the other horse racing tracks in the state. There are also advance-deposit wagering (ADW) apps such as TVG that allow for betting on horses from your phone, as well as six off-track betting parlors — some of which are located at Maryland casinos.
Before Maryland casinos opened, poker players had to travel north to Atlantic City or Pennsylvania to take part in a legal game. These days, Maryland is a hotbed of poker activity. In addition to an active cash game scene, Maryland casinos host numerous high-profile World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour tournaments.
Although online real-money casinos are not legal in Maryland, there are still ways for Maryland residents to play casino games online. Social and sweepstakes casinos like Pulsz, Chumba Casino, FunzPoints and LuckyLand are legal options where players use virtual currencies to play games and in some cases can redeem winnings for cash prizes. These casinos offer countless slot machine titles as well as a small range of table games like roulette and blackjack.
Frequently asked questions
As of the summer of 2022, legal online options for gambling in Maryland were nearly nonexistent, other than sweepstakes-style online casinos and online horse betting.
There are currently six in-person casinos in Maryland, including five that have legal sportsbooks in them.
Like other states, you have to be 21 or older to gamble in Maryland.
No. You do not need to be a resident of Maryland to bet in the state. Even once online sports betting arrives, you’ll just need to be within state lines to legally place bets.
The Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency regulates gambling in the state, and it will likely continue overseeing things as online sports betting options become available.