More than two years after Maryland voted to introduce sports betting in 2020, PointsBet is alive and kicking in the Old Line State.
The PointsBet Sportsbook app joins six other online sports betting operators that went live in the state on day one. The app is a great one to make Maryland Terrapins football and basketball bets, especially because of the company’s partnership with the school.
PointsBet Maryland Sportsbook launches online
This Aussie challenger brand first opened its physical PointsBet Maryland sportsbook in late September aboard the Riverboat on the Potomac. Since then, PointsBet has welcomed Maryland’s sports bettors to its fold. With November’s online sports betting launch, Maryland’s sports fans can legally gamble on games with their phones, tablets and computers for the first time.
Those itching to try legal online sports betting in Maryland have plenty of offers at their fingertips.
PointsBet’s online launch offer gives players two Second Chance Bets worth up to $2,000. In lay terms, it’s not the end of the world if you lose your first two qualifying bets. You can still score up to $2,000 back in free bets for future action.
Players simply need to sign up in order to access PointsBet Maryland Sportsbook’s generous welcome offer.
As a rule, PointsBet issues free bets within 24 hours. The bet (or bets) will arrive in your account as a free bet equal to your losing wager(s). Free bets expire after 30 days, so remember to click on any PointsBet free bet to check the expiry date.
Of note: You can use your free bet all at once or split it into two, three or four separate bets. You should also know that the free bet is not part of your winnings. For example, if you place a $100 free bet at -500 odds and it wins, your account is credited $20.
Why Maryland players will choose PointsBet Sportsbook
PointsBet’s promos are some of the best in the industry. In addition to its regular incentives, PointsBet began offering “double your money” bonuses in 2021. All but guaranteed to land, these bets cap off at $10. But, with +100 odds, you’re almost sure to double your money.
And now Maryland customers can take advantage of PointsBet’s daily Power Hour from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET, too. Power Hour offers free bets each NFL day and each time Team USA takes the pitch during the World Cup. And users close to M&T Bank Stadium should look for a newly unveiled PointsBet billboard featuring a fun Lamar Jackson’s contract dispute promo.
The sheer number of possible bets at PointsBet is staggering. For any game, there are categories for fixed odds, single-game parlay bets, PointsBetting, in-game betting and teasers too. Furthermore, each bet type has a slew of options.
Plus, the PointsBet Maryland Sportsbook launch is just in time for the 2022 World Cup. PointsBet customers can tap into newly unveiled Soccer Lightning Bets, which include Free Kick Awarded, Goal Scored, Goal Kick Awarded, Shots On Target, and much more. Bettors can also build a Same Game Parlay pre-match or live to maximize their live betting experience.
PointsBet might have the fastest sports betting app around. While speed is crucial, PointsBet’s app is also user-friendly, making it an excellent choice for new bettors and savvy gamblers alike.
Opportunities for improvement
While PointsBet is a strong sports betting competitor, there are always opportunities to get better. For example, with PointsBet, you can’t reach customer service over the phone. Should you have a problem, you’ll need to email or live chat with support to find the answer.
Some PointsBet wagers offer the potential for massive losses, too. PointsBetting is a proprietary type of betting designed by PointsBet that can turn a $1 bet into a huge win or loss (in some cases, thousands of dollars).
The good news for players is that PointsBet makes it easy to see what the max win or loss could be. As long as you pay attention and only play within your limits, it should be easy to avoid any unexpected extremes.
PointsBet partners with the Riverboat on the Potomac and the Maryland Terrapins
It’s been a long time since Maryland first voted “Yes” to sports betting in November 2020.
But, in May 2021, Republican Governor Larry Hogan signed Maryland’s sports betting bill into law. Retail sports betting went live in late 2021.
Things in Maryland started rolling for PointsBet in June when it partnered with the Riverboat on the Potomac to bring its retail and online sportsbooks to the state.
Maryland’s most recent retail sportsbook offers 21 high-def screens, food and beverages options and stunning riverside views. The riverboat is also one of four OTB facilities in Maryland that accepts horse race wagers. So, visiting the retail sportsbook offers even more value for PointsBet patrons.
“Just a few short months after unveiling The PointsBet Retail Sportsbook at The Riverboat on the Potomac, we’re thrilled to now be able to add our market-leading online sports betting product to the mix,” said PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken.
“As one of the few sportsbooks to be on the starting line in Maryland, PointsBet will be delivering sports fans in the state a new way to take part in the action – whether that’s for the NFL, NBA, or NHL. And we’re particularly looking forward to launch just as the 2022 World Cup is starting and showing Maryland bettors why we’re known as the home of live betting through our new suite of Soccer Lightning Bet markets.”
PointsBet also struck a deal with the University of Maryland last year. Fans looking to bet on Terps football during home games will see in-game promotions, in-arena activations and commercial assets. The partnership will also include investments in responsible gaming education and philanthropy.
Maryland is the 13th state for PointsBet’s sports betting offering, with previous launches in New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Colorado, Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and most recently, Louisiana.