Nestled in the heart of Downtown Baltimore, Horseshoe Baltimore has long been a destination for Baltimore sports fans. The casino is within walking distance of both Camden Yard, where the Orioles play, and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Ravens.
What has been the unofficial sports bar of the two teams will soon be the unofficial sportsbook as well. Now that Maryland has legal sports betting, Horsehoe Baltimore will be involved with both a retail sportsbook and an online sportsbook app.
With a great location, giant gaming floor, poker room, and soon a sportsbook, there are plenty of things to like about Horseshoe Baltimore. Let’s run down exactly what the property offers and what it has in store for sports betting.
Address: 1525 Russell St
Phone number: (844) 777-7463
Opened in: 2014
Retail sportsbook: Not yet
Online sportsbook: Not yet
Gaming floor: 122,000 square feet
Slots: Over 2,000
Table games: 150
Poker room: Yes, 23 tables
Off-track betting: Yes
For some time, Caesars maintained two different sports betting apps. There was Caesars Sport and there was William Hill, the betting app Caesars Entertainment began acquiring in 2020.
Caesars Entertainment finalized the purchase of William Hill in April 2021. The consensus is that the William Hill app is far superior to Caesars when it comes to tech. However, William Hill is a weaker, less recognizable brand compared o the juggernaut that is Caesars. So, it was not surprising to anyone when Caesars announced during a May 2021 earnings call that it would be phasing out the William Hill brand and switching that app over to the Caesars brand.
When it comes to bringing the Caesars Sports app to Maryland, Horseshoe Baltimore has a couple of different options. However, the clearest and most likely path is pursuing one of the Class A licenses set aside for the six Maryland casinos. Since Horseshoe is one of the bigger properties, it would get a Class A-1 license, which requires an initial payment of $2 million and a $500,000 renewal payment every five years.
Horseshoe Baltimore has a relationship as the official casino of the Baltimore Ravens. Additionally, the NFL named Caesars one of its three official sports betting partners. However, it would make little sense to partner with the NFL team for access given the fees are the same, and Caesars can work solo and keep all the profits for itself.
Plus, with the casino’s existing partnership with the team, it already has branding in the facility, which is one of the perks of aligning with a team for a license. The casino’s prime location is also within walking distance of both M&T Bank Park and Camden Yards. Considering that, the retail sportsbook is perfectly poised as a place to watch the game and bet. Or it can be a spot to meet up before or after the game as well.
Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore has more gambling options than most casinos in Maryland. The large 122,000-square-foot gaming floor gives Horseshoe Baltimore Casino space for a variety of gambling spaces inside and outside of the actual casino.
There are plenty of machine game options with 2,200 slots and 150 video poker machines. The Terrace outdoor gaming space adds another 10,000 square feet of gaming space. Guests will find 160 slots and 15 video poker games.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has plenty of penny slots on the main casino floor. There are also high-limit slot machines inside Oriole Palace with a spin as high as $500.
Horseshoe Baltimore Casino is smoke-free like all other Maryland casinos. However, smoking is allowed outside at The Terrace gaming space.
The large casino floor at Horseshoe Baltimore has approximately 150 table games. There are another 16 table games outside on The Terrace.
The Horseshoe Baltimore Casino prides itself on offering 100x odds for its craps game. Having so many table games allows Horseshoe to offer a wide variety of traditional and new casino games. The list of table games at Horseshow Casino Baltimore:
In addition, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore offers Blazing 777’s and Buster Blackjack side bets. There are also a few more table games inside the Oriole Palace high limit room.
The WSOP Poker Room at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore currently features 15 tables. This poker room typically has cash games and tournaments. The latter is on hold for the time being.
In addition to different (Limit and No Limit) Hold’em games, players will find a few options when playing Omaha. The 24-hour a day WSOP Poker Room at Horseshoe also offers a variety of promotions and specials including high hand prizes and bounties.
Much like the rest of the casino at Horseshoe Baltimore, there’s plenty of room to bet on horses. Horseshoe Casino’s off-track betting area has 30 large TVs for all to watch. There are also 44 carrels available for horse bettors. Each carrel has a personal television to watch the races up close.
Horseshoe Baltimore Casino has attendants on hand to take horse bets seven days a week. Some players may choose to bet using a tablet or kiosk instead of standing in line to speak with a person.
Horseshoe Casino’s off-track betting area also has Daily Racing Form products available to buy in-person or via kiosk.
The casino is just one of the entertainment options at Horseshoe Baltimore. The property is home to the first Topgolf “Swing Suite.” The space has two golf simulator bays and a host of virtual non-golf games.
Horseshoe is also home to Poe’s Nest. This is Baltimore’s first and only Ravens-themed bar. The lounge is open all day and night 365 days a year. Poe’s Nest is home to live entertainment. There are also plenty of TVs to watch sports.
Beer drinkers have another option to watch the games. They can head over to B’More Beers for a large selection of local craft beers, plenty of flat-screen TVs, and video poker.
Horseshoe Baltimore features a variety of dining options for all budgets. Gordon Ramsay Steak is the only fine dining restaurant on site. Fu Noodle House and Baltimore Marketplace are affordable choices for all. The marketplace features a variety of quick-serve options from local restaurants.
In 2013, the Maryland Lottery Commission approved Caesars Entertainment to operate a casino in downtown Baltimore. On August 26, 2014, the two-story Horseshoe Casino Baltimore opened its doors. The property currently has the second-largest casino floor in Maryland.
The casino on Russell Street is located near multiple professional sports venues. M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Ravens, and Camden Yards, home of the Orioles are nearby. Horseshoe Casino is also close to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Caesars Entertainment has a long history. The company that opened Horseshoe Baltimore is different from 2014. Caesars merged with Eldorado Resorts in 2020. While the parent company has a new CEO and other executives it’s called Caesars and still owns and operates Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.