Maryland officially ushered in retail sports betting through five of the state’s six casinos in December 2021. But everyone wants to know: When will online sports betting in Maryland go live?
It’s clear there’s a market for it after $32.5 million worth of wagers was accepted in person during January. February saw $25.5 million worth of sports bets placed at various casinos. In March, $31.0 million of sports wagers were placed.
The landscape should really take shape when statewide mobile sports betting is expected to become available later this year. However, the best-case scenario for an official launch is likely the beginning of the 2022-2023 NFL season.
With no firm timeline at the moment, PlayMaryland is here to help you make sense of the latest news. We’ll be updating this post as changes happen, so check back to stay informed.
Maryland sports betting launch updates – 2022
May 19 — Mobile sports betting won’t launch until 2023?
According to a report from Legal Sports Report, a launch of mobile sports wagering in Maryland by the 2023 Super Bowl is “likely a stretch.” The initial target date to go live was Week 1 of the upcoming NFL season, so a delay beyond the Super Bowl in February would be a disappointment to Maryland bettors.
May 18 — No update from Sports Wagering Application Review Commission in latest meeting … again
The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission met on May 18 and provided no new launch updates. There was again no update on the state’s disparity survey.
May 10 — Maryland sportsbooks see $26.9 million of handle in April
The $26.9 million figure is the second-lowest full-month handle among Maryland sportsbooks since retail sports betting launched in December 2021. The collective hold percentage was reported by state officials at 10.5%.
May 3 — Caesars CEO ‘skeptical’ Maryland launches mobile sports betting in 2022
Caesars CEO Tom Reeg said he’s “skeptical Maryland launches mobile (sports betting) in 2022” during the company’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday, May 3. However, he does fully expect to have roots in Maryland when mobile eventually goes live.
April 22 — Cumberland preparing for sports betting in the city
Officials for the city of Cumberland, Maryland, are preparing for the likelihood of sports betting operations within city limits. According to the Cumberland Times-News, the mayor and the city council met on Tuesday to amend a zoning code to pave the way for sports betting in Cumberland.
“I think it is something that fits well into some of these local establishments we have here in town,” Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss said to the Times-News. “I think it would be a good thing. It’s another form of entertainment.
“There are a couple people, one on Baltimore Street and another downtown gentleman has indicated he might apply for it.”
April 21 — No launch news from SWARC
The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission met on April 21 and no new launch updates came from the gathering.
There was no update on the state’s disparity survey.
April 11 — Sports betting handle back over $30 million in March
The NCAA Tournament helped push Maryland’s sports betting handle back north of $30 million after a dip to $25.5 million in February. The collective holding percentage among state sportsbooks was 12.7%.
March 28 — Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control approves FansUnite’s American Affiliate
The AmAff division will “provide customer acquisition services for licensed sports wagering entities” in the state.
FansUnite is a global sports and entertainment company that operates multiple B2C brands and B2B software for the online gambling industry. It acquired American Affiliate, a pure-play affiliate company, in November 2021.
March 16 — Disparity survey still underway, no timeline on mobile betting launch
No concrete timeline for mobile and online betting came out of a SWARC meeting on March 16. The focus remains on the completion of a disparity survey before establishing a timeline.
The legislation that legalized sports betting in the Old Line State included a mandate that forced women- and minority-owned businesses to participate in the market. In response, SWARC tasked the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister with completing a survey that highlights any barriers to entry those groups may face.
“They’ve begun their work,” said Maryland Assistant Attorney General David Stamper. “The Department of Legislative Services, Lottery, and Taft are working to get the necessary information so they can move forward as quickly as possible.”
Stamper didn’t provide any more information on the progress of the study. His comments don’t bode well for the best-case scenario September launch.
March 16 — Bingo World approved to become state’s ninth retail sportsbook
The SWARC voted unanimously in favor of giving the Brooklyn Park facility a sports betting license. The approval marks the completion of the third step of a four-step process in a sportsbook launch.
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission (MLGC) will look over the day-to-day aspects of the business such as accounting systems and security practices. Once the commission approves those procedures, the license will be issued.
Jan. 25 — Focus on disparity study
The SWARC met and discussed updates on the disparity survey. SWARC Chair Thomas Brandt said the group would not take any further action until the disparity study is complete, so it remains the No. 1 priority at this time.
Jan. 13 — Mobile betting targeted for 2022
Maryland Lottery & Gaming official John A. Martin told PlayMaryland that full statewide mobile sports betting should launch by September. The delay for online betting has been an unfortunate bummer to Maryland’s sports wagering launch. But Martin said officials are working to expedite the process that had also slowed the debut of retail betting.
2021 Maryland sports betting updates
Dec. 23, 2021 — Barstool opens at Hollywood Perryville
Hollywood Casino Perryville opened its sports-betting operations as the fifth Maryland sportsbook. Hollywood Casino Perryville is accepting sports wagers under the Barstool Sportsbook brand.
Dec. 17, 2021 — TwinSpires opens at Ocean Downs Casino
Ocean Downs Casino becomes Maryland’s fourth sports-betting location. The latest retail sports-betting operator began taking bets under its TwinSpires Sportsbook moniker.
Dec. 9-10, 2021 — Sports betting is officially legal in Maryland
Legal sports betting finally arrived when Gov. Hogan placed the first legal sports wager in Maryland history. He bet on a Washington vs. Baltimore matchup in the Super Bowl with his wager at BetMGM Sports Book & Lounge at MGM National Harbor.
A day after MGM National Harbor officially kicked off MD sports betting, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore accepted its first wager at the on-site Caesars Sportsbook. Live! Casino & Hotel also opened its FanDuel Sportsbook the same day.
Dec. 8, 2021 — PointsBet, University of Maryland strike deal
PointsBet inked a multi-year partnership with University of Maryland sports. The deal, which includes fan-facing in-game and campus activations, makes the Terrapins the first Maryland school and first Big Ten conference member to sign a deal with a sportsbook operator.
Dec. 8, 2021 — SWARC approves Riverboat on the Potomac and Long Shot’s
The SWARC formally approved Riverboat on the Potomac and Long Shot’s for retail sports betting. They expect to go live sometime in 2022. Riverboat on the Potomac will be the future home of PointsBet after agreeing to a partnership deal.
Nov. 18, 2021 — SWARC approves casinos’ licenses
The five casinos that received preliminary approval from the MLGC were also approved by the SWARC. This step paved the way for them to begin offering in-person retail sports betting by the end of 2021.
Oct. 22, 2021 — Two more casinos approved
The MLGC gave preliminary approval for Hollywood Casino and Ocean Downs for in-person sports betting. Like the others, these casinos needed final approval from the SWARC.
Oct. 6, 2021 — First applications get preliminary approval
Three Maryland casinos had their licensing applications approved by the MLGCC:
July 15, 2021 — Regulators approve sports betting regulations draft for public review
Members of the MLGC approved a set of draft Maryland sports betting regulations for public comment. Mostly a formality, this was a monumental step toward legal sportsbooks within state lines.
May 18, 2021 — Gov. Larry Hogan signs HB 940
Sports betting in the Old Line State officially became legal when Gov. Larry Hogan signed HB 940. At the time, there was no official timetable for launch, though stakeholders were targeting the start of the 2021-22 NFL season.
April 12, 2021 — State passes sports betting bill
Maryland House and Senate leaders overwhelmingly reached a compromise to pass sports betting legislation on Monday, April 12, 2021. The Senate passed the bill on the third reading by a 47-0 vote.