Slot machines are a ubiquitous feature at most casino locations. As such, slots have been part of Maryland’s gambling activities since 2010. There are now six venues where Marylanders can play the fabled one-armed bandits.
To be perfectly accurate, though, the machines available in Maryland are not, in fact, slot machines. They are actually video lottery terminals and function as an extension of the Maryland Lottery. However, from the player’s point of view, this fact is a distinction without a difference. So, while you are technically playing VLTs in the Old Line State, we are going to call them slots throughout this page because it’s a silly point to emphasize repeatedly.
The real question that Maryland slot players probably have, though, is about their prospects for online slots. Some have undoubtedly noticed that nearby states, like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia, have options for online slots. Here, we’ll discuss what options people in Maryland may have for playing slots online.
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Can I play slots online in Maryland?
For the most part, no, not legally. There is nothing to allow people in the state to play slots via their mobile devices and computers in Maryland gambling law. As we mentioned, the slot machines in Maryland are actually video lottery machines, and the Maryland Lottery does not offer online games beyond subscription ticket purchases.
You might find some sites online that say something different. They may argue that there is no specific prohibition in Maryland law against online slots, which means that Maryland online slots are legal. However, in our view, if there isn’t a law expressly legalizing Maryland online slots, then they aren’t legal. Don’t be fooled by these sites that are playing a bit fast and loose with the reality of the statutes.
The only possible exception to the idea of online slots in Maryland is through various social and sweepstakes casino sites. Because of the format and business model that certain online sweepstakes casinos use, it is even possible to play for cash prizes in the Old Line State on slot games, if you wish.
How to play slots at sweepstakes-style casinos in Maryland
Here are the top online options for sweepstakes-style play in Maryland:
- Chumba Casino
- LuckyLand Slots
Although none of the slots you find on these sites will be brands you’d find in Maryland casinos, many of them will be similar to or reminiscent of popular slots at locations around the country. They operate in the same way, too … for the most part: You make a wager and press the button to spin the reels.
The reels themselves are no different from slots, either. There are games with either three or five reels for each spin, although five-reel games are more common. Most of the games have bonus features involving both multimedia elements and the chance at big wins. There are even options for progressive jackpots.
The biggest difference that you’ll notice when you play on these sites is the dual-currency system that they use. One type of currency is available for purchase, but you cannot redeem any winnings for cash prizes. The other currency is not available for purchase, but if you play with it, you can redeem winnings for cash prizes. You acquire the redeemable currency through social media giveaways, free with purchases of the other currency or by asking the site to give you some (no, really!).
Here are some of the top slots you’ll find:
- Big City Heist — Funzpoints
- Black Wolf — Pulsz
- Cobra Room — LuckyLand
- Double Flame Blazing — Pulsz
- Galactic Blast — LuckyLand
- Gold Party — Pulsz
- Hypernova Infinity Reels — Chumba
- Maximo the Magnificent — Funzpoints
- Money Monsters — LuckyLand
- Starburst — Chumba
- Tattoo Alley — Funzpoints
- Wild Linx — Chumba
This list is just a smattering of the options. Part of the fun is discovering all the different choices you have.
Best sweepstakes casino apps for iPhone & Android
If you are a fan of apps, you may be in for a bit of disappointment. As convenient as these sites can be, most of them are browser-based and do not offer an app at this time. However, all of them are optimized for play on either computers or mobile phones, so you can use your web browser to play wherever you go.
The exception is Pulsz, which has an app for Android and iOS users on the Google Play Store and App Store.
Maryland progressive jackpot slots
One of the most popular types of slot in Maryland is the progressive jackpot slot. If you’ve been to any of the casino locations in Maryland, you are likely to have encountered these machines. They are easily identifiable by the ever-increasing dollar amounts they display.
Generally speaking, the dollar amounts that you’ll see on these slots are going to be far greater than the typical prizes you can win during normal gameplay. In some cases, the amount can escalate into millions of dollars.
However, it is critical that you understand how the amount continues to increase. Every time you wager, the machine or site takes a small portion of your bet and places it into the pool. Thus, the jackpot is funded by every new spin you take.
Because some of the prize pool is reserved, there is less money to pay out on the regular prizes the game offers. Thus, you can expect progressives to pay out their other paylines a bit less frequently than their non-progressive counterparts. In other words, they might play a bit tighter, but most players are willing to forgo a bit of return-to-player rate in exchange for a chance — however small it might be — at a huge score. Here are some of the progressive slots you’ll find at online sweepstakes-style casinos, though the list is not exhaustive by any means:
- Aztec Quest — LuckyLand
- Burger Boss — Chumba
- Campfire Creepies — LuckyLand
- Christmas Gift Rush — Pulsz
- Colossal Gems — Pulsz
- Amazing — LuckyLand
- Egyptian Dreams — Pulsz
- Jurassic Reels — LuckyLand
- Long Zhi Bao Zang — Chumba
- Prost — Pulsz
- Western Gold — Chumba
- Wild Roads/Triple Double Fever — Chumba
You may have noticed that Funzpoints does not have any representatives on the list here. Funzpoints does not offer any jackpots on specific games. Instead, it uses a timed jackpot draw at various intervals throughout the day.
Finally, where two games are listed, both of them feed into the same progressive jackpot. So, regardless of which game you play, you’ll be competing for the same prize.
Loyalty programs on MD sweepstakes sites
A common feature at retail casinos in Maryland is the loyalty program. These programs reward players with perks, comps, and benefits for continued play. True online casino sites in states like the ones mentioned above (PA, NJ, and WV) similarly offer these programs. In fact, they usually offer the same benefits as their land-based partners.
Unfortunately, these types of programs are not available at sweepstakes-style casinos. If you want to rack up some points, you’re going to have to head to one of the casino locations in the state to do it.
Slot machine laws in Maryland
In terms of the Maryland government’s position on slot machines, they are mostly illegal. As stated in the statute:
A person may not locate, possess, keep, or operate a slot machine in the State as an owner, lessor, lessee, licensor, licensee, or in any other capacity.
The only exceptions from this rule are particular nonprofit organizations that have submitted to a great deal of oversight and licensing, licensed slot machine distributors, and government officials possessing slot machines until they can store or destroy them safely.
The only electronic machines that state law permits are the thousands of devices available at casino locations in the state. As we mentioned, those are actually lottery machines.
The government’s position on the matter is similar to the one in most states. From a lawmaking point of view, it is much easier to start from an absolute prohibition and add exceptions to the law as time goes by than it is to write new restrictions. Thus, the blanket ban in Title 12, Section 301 is the starting point, and lawmakers can write exemptions — like the nonprofits or government officials — from there.
Casinos in Maryland with slot machines
As Maryland is home to six casinos, it is thus home to six locations for live slot machines. None of the locations have fewer than 600 games to offer, and half of them have more than 1,000 slots on the premises. So, if you’re looking to play slot games in Maryland, try one of the following venues:
Hollywood Casino Perryville
The Hollywood Casino in Perryville has the distinction of being the first casino to open in Maryland after the most recent legalization of gambling in the state. The venue’s debut in September 2010 provided Marylanders with some of their first tastes of Vegas-style gambling. Despite its smallish footprint, Hollywood Casino Perryville offers every major type of game, including slots, table games, poker, sports betting, and even an off-track betting location.
- Address: 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Parkway, Perryville, MD 21903
- Phone number: 410-378-8500
- *Number of slots: 713
- Rewards program: MyChoice
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is the Caesars’ representative in the state of Maryland and is the only casino located in Baltimore proper. The property features an unusual two-story casino floor and more than 120,000 square feet of gambling space. In addition, it offers The Terrace, an outdoor gambling patio with 160 slots, 16 table games, 15 video poker machines, and a bar.
- Address: 1525 Russell St., Baltimore, MD 21230
- Phone number: 844-777-7463
- *Number of slots: 1,530
- Rewards program: Caesars Rewards
Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland
Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland is one of the largest casino venues in all of Maryland, one of two Baltimore-area casinos, and certainly the only casino in Maryland with an exclamation point in its official name. Live! Casino is located adjacent to Arundel Mills Mall in suburban Baltimore and is just to the west of Baltimore/Washington International Airport. It is a full-service casino resort with slots, table games, poker and sports betting options, along with restaurants and entertainment.
- Address: 7002 Arundel Mills Circle No. 7777, Hanover, MD 21076
- Phone number: 443-842-7000
- *Number of slots: 3,734
- Rewards program: My Live! Rewards
MGM National Harbor
MGM National Harbor is the closest casino location to Washington, D.C. The property is just east of the Anacostia Freeway and Capital Beltway Outer Loop interchange, just across the border from the district in Oxon Hill. It features an expansive gambling floor and a full-service casino with an entertainment venue that has hosted or will soon host performers like Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, and Mariah Carey.
- Address: 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill, MD 20745
- Phone number: 844-646-6847
- *Number of slots: 2,091
- Rewards program: M Life
Ocean Downs Casino
Ocean Downs Casino is one of the smaller casinos in Maryland and is the only true racino in the state. In addition to games, it offers live harness racing between May and September and simulcast betting throughout the year. The property does maintain a selection of slots, table games, and a sportsbook. However, there is no poker room at Ocean Downs.
- Address: 10218 Racetrack Road, Berlin, MD 21811
- Phone number: 410-641-0600
- *Number of slots: 860
- Rewards program: Club Ocean
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
Rocky Gap Casino Resort is the smallest casino in Maryland and is most distinct. Although it has slots and table games, the driving impulse behind the business is to offer a larger experience. After all, the casino is one of the only ones in the US to be located in a state park. Golf, bocce, and water sports are available as activities. Rocky Gap Casino Resort is Maryland’s answer to The Greenbrier in neighboring West Virginia.
- Address: 16701 Lakeview Road NE, Flintstone, MD 21530
- Phone number: 301-784-8400
- *Number of slots: 618
- Rewards program: True Rewards
*The number of slots we list is the number that Maryland Gaming reported in a recent monthly revenue report. The exact number will vary slightly over time.