Projection: Maryland Will Place $4 Billion In Sports Bets In 2023

Written By David Danzis on October 6, 2022 - Last Updated on February 17, 2023
MD Sports Betting Projections 2023

Legal online sports betting in Maryland could generate more than $4 billion in bets in the first full year.

And according to PlayMaryland estimates, the majority of that action is going to be on football and basketball — and mostly during the months when those sports are hot.

Now that launch finally took place Nov. 23 and eight sportsbook apps are now live, it means big business in Maryland.

Maryland online sports betting set to boom in 2023

The state could collect close to $75 million in taxes in 2023 from Maryland online sportsbooks, PlayMaryland forecasts. Projections suggest that retail and online sportsbook operators could generate more than $481 million in revenue from more than $4 billion in legal wagers this year.

Eric Ramsey, lead data analyst at PlayMaryland, noted:

“Maryland obviously hasn’t come close to realizing its potential yet, but the coming addition of online betting is about to change that. The competitive framework and the growing familiarity with betting among residents have sown the seeds for what figures to be a quick ramp-up. A $4-billion year would immediately bring Maryland into the same range as Tennessee and Indiana, markets that are both more mature and more populous.”

Based on the projections, MD could become perhaps just inside the top 15 of sports gambling markets in the country by the end of 2023.

Thus far, Maryland’s retail-only sports betting industry has produced $3.7 million in taxes from $24.9 million in sportsbook revenue and more than $208.9 million in wagers through August.

MD Sports Betting Projections 2023

Football, basketball to spur Maryland online sports betting

As is the case in every jurisdiction with legal sports gambling, football and basketball will be the primary moneymakers for Maryland sportsbook operators. And that all starts with Super Bowl LVI betting, the biggest wagering event of the year, on Feb. 12.

PlayMaryland’s forecasting shows nearly $900 million in legal college football and NFL bets this year. Current projections without online sports betting show slightly more than $77 million in pigskin wagers.

Because basketball and football carry the load, months like March (think “Madness”) and October (the first full month of NFL football) stand out on the calendar.

Parlay projections expect bets to skyrocket

One of the most popular betting markets for online gamblers (and sportsbook operators) is the parlay. Operators are pushing them through same-game parlays, a more house-friendly option than straight pre-game markets. 

Maryland sports bettors could bet nearly $300 million on parlays, though those numbers are difficult to project, as most regulators don’t break them out in reporting throughout the country.

Brands are also pushing live betting more as time goes on, a trend expected to continue in Maryland. Operators will push those forms of betting by building more promotions around them and featuring them more prominently on apps.

Maryland launches online sports betting

After months of uncertainty, Maryland Lottery Director John Martin said he was “confident” that sports betting online would be available in 2022. Before those comments, the Old Line State expected to launch online sports betting by no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

Instead, Maryland online sports betting made an early launch on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. Regardless, annual projections do not change much. 

Maryland’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission beat Ohio and Massachusetts to the punch, becoming the 22nd state with legal, regulated online sports wagering. Retail sportsbooks have been open at MD casinos since Dec. 2021. Both in-person and online sports betting are currently available in Washington, D.C.

Of the three states expected to launch next, Maryland was pegged to be the smallest market and the first to go live. Online sports gambling became available in Ohio on Jan. 1 and will be live in Massachusetts by early 2023.

The latest stats on Maryland sports betting revenue were released in a December report, though regulators don’t view numbers from this first full month of wagering as an accurate representation of the state’s potential.

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David Danzis is a lead writer and analyst for Catena Media's network of Play sites, appearing on PlayNJ, PlayCA, PlayOhio and PlayMaryland. He is a New Jersey native and an honors graduate of Rutgers University. As a newspaper reporter for the New Jersey Herald and Press of Atlantic City, David earned statewide awards for his coverage of politics, government, education, sports, and business. After years of reporting on Atlantic City casinos, NJ online gambling and sports betting, his focus is now on emerging gaming markets. David lives in Mays Landing, NJ with his wife and two children. When not on the beach, golf course, or the slopes, David enjoys watching his beloved New York sports teams — Yankees, Jets, Rangers, and Knicks.

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