Maryland Online Casinos

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Despite significant support from lawmakers, Maryland online casinos will not be legalized in 2024. The state House passed an online casino bill by a wide margin in March. The bill headed to a Senate committee, but it only received a short discussion before it died. Lawmakers never held a formal vote on the legislation.

Legislators could revisit the issue in the 2026 legislative session. Since gambling expansion needs voter approval, there will be no efforts to legalize it in 2025.

Maryland is surrounded by neighboring states with legal online casinos (Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia), so the topic of expanding online gambling in Maryland will undoubtedly be revisited soon.

Meanwhile, those in Maryland who wish to play slots, table games, and other casino favorites online can still do so at social and sweepstakes casinos like WOW Vegas, McLuck Casino, High 5 Casino, and others. These sites allow players to buy “coins” on the site to gamble with. Those coins can be redeemed for cash and prizes.

Read on for all the latest regarding Maryland online casinos including how to get started playing sweepstakes and social sites in Maryland right now. 

Are Maryland online casinos legal?

Sweeps casinos are the only legal option in Maryland. However, it’s important to note that real-money online casino games have not been legalized. Any site that asks you to bet real money instead of a native token cannot operate in the state.

Lawmakers will continue to debate the topic and propose legislation to introduce them in future sessions. But Maryland gaming expansion requires a constitutional amendment, so it can only become law if it receives a majority vote in the state’s general election.

Are there legal online casinos in Maryland?No.
When will online casinos be legal in Maryland?Lawmakers can start considering the issue again in 2026. Voters would then need to pass the initiative at the ballot box. Meaning MD online casinos wouldn't be a reality until 2027.
What legal online options do you have now?Sweepstakes and social online casinos can operate legally in Maryland.
Are there retail/physical casinos in Maryland?Yes. Six retail casinos operate in the state.
How old do you have to be to gamble in Maryland?Whether it’s in person or online, Maryland bettors must be 21 years or older.

Current status of Maryland online casino legislation

As noted, the 2024 legislative session ended without any movement on Maryland online casinos. There was some support to expand Maryland legal gambling options to include online casinos, especially during the latter days of the 2024 session, but none of the proposed legislation was able to advance.

Sen. Ron Watson offered a pair of bills that would legalize online casinos, but the Senate chose not to move forward with either bill. Meanwhile, Del. Vanessa Atterbeary’s House Bill 1319 authorizing online casinos did advance, ultimately receiving a favorable vote in the House where HB 1319 passed by a 92-43 margin. The bill was subsequently discussed during a hearing of the Senate Budget and Taxes Committee in late March. Ultimately, however, the General Assembly ended its legislative session without taking up HB 1319, and it was never voted upon. Two other gambling bills (HB 1291 and HB 1097) introduced in the House met a similar fate with neither bill receiving a vote.

Expanding legal gambling to include online casinos requires voter approval in Maryland. That means since legislation failed in 2024, the earliest online casinos could be legalized in Maryland is 2026.

Social and sweepstakes casinos

While those in Maryland wait for the outcome of the 2024 elections, it is possible right now to legally play for fun on social and sweepstakes casinos online.

Top social and sweepstakes casino sites include:

  • WOW Vegas
  • McLuck Casino
  • High 5 Casino
  • Pulsz
  • Chumba Casino

You can also play for fun on some of the social casino sites associated with retail casinos in Maryland. In particular, MGM National Harbor offers MGM Slots Live.

Retail casinos in Maryland

Maryland is home to six brick-and-mortar casinos. Some of the biggest names in gambling count one of these as part of their portfolio. The properties range from large-scale casinos that would be comfortable in Atlantic City or Las Vegas to operations that are merely part of the larger slate of activities at a resort such as horseback riding or kayaking. Here are the options:

CasinoCityPoker?Phone NumberOwner
Hollywood Casino PerryvillePerryvilleY410-378-8500Penn National
Horseshoe Casino BaltimoreBaltimoreY844-777-7463Caesars
Live! Casino & Hotel MarylandHanoverY855-563-5483Cordish
MGM National HarborOxon HillY844-646-6847MGM Resorts
Ocean Downs CasinoBerlinN410-641-0600Churchill Downs
Rocky Gap Casino ResortFlintstoneN800-724-0828Golden*

*Golden Entertainment has agreed to sell Rocky Gap to Century Casinos/VICI Properties.

Problem gambling support in Maryland

Most Maryland gamblers can place their bets and emerge none the worse for wear. Unfortunately, some people in the state gamble to an unhealthy degree. Thankfully, Maryland allocates government resources to address problem gambling.

The law requires that each casino in the state pays hundreds of dollars for each game it offers on its floor to fund responsible gambling efforts. As a result, you can get help in Maryland without spending a dime of your own money. Your best resource is the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (MCEPG).

This organization, part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, can help connect you with counseling, peer support groups, and educational resources about controlling your gambling. All services are free, including referrals to counselors and treatment from the counselors. You can either visit the website for the MCEPG through the link above, or you can call/text 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) to reach a trained referral specialist. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A similar organization is the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling. This group, the state affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling, can also connect you with treatment providers. The MCPG is also heavily involved with educating Marylanders about the realities of problem gambling and the ways to fight against it. The organization routinely advocates on behalf of all problem gamblers in the state.

Another option for problem gamblers and their families is peer support groups in the state. These groups can provide empathy, support, accountability, and strategies to push back against the desire to gamble. Top support groups or outlets include the following:

  • Gamblers Anonymous — Multiple in-person meetings around Maryland each week.
  • Gamtalk — Online peer support forum available 24/7.
  • Gam-Anon — A support group for families and friends of problem gamblers.

Finally, Maryland does offer another course of action for problem gamblers. The state’s voluntary exclusion program allows you, under the threat of criminal trespass, to bar yourself from entering the premises of any Maryland gambling facility and/or purchasing lottery tickets. You must remain on the list for no less than two years, and removal from the list is subject to the approval of the gambling commission, which will require you to undergo an assessment by a counselor.

Family members and friends cannot act as proxies to put you on the list.

Maryland online casino FAQ

No. Any online casinos you find via a web search are offshore casinos operating outside US and Maryland law.

The timeframe for online casinos in Maryland is unclear, but a number of lawmakers in the state are in favor of putting them on the ballot.

If or when iGaming legislation does pass in Maryland, it would have to go up for a vote in the November general election before online casinos would be legalized.

In all likelihood, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency would be the most obvious choice to regulate online casinos should they become legal.

Roughly $2 billion per year. According to records from the state, the six casinos generate between $160 million and $185 million in monthly revenue, and revenues from FY 2022 surpassed the $2 billion mark for the first time in state history.

If Maryland legalizes online casinos, the companies that own the six land-based casinos in the state seem the likeliest to operate online sites. Companies like BetMGM, Caesars, and Penn National Gaming would likely be the recipients of licenses or license eligibility if the time came.

No. Online casino gambling is not legal in the state, so you won’t be able to play online games at BetMGM Casino until that changes.

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