Maryland Sports Betting

News and Launch Updates on MD Sportsbooks

Sports betting became part of life in Maryland in December 2021. Five of the six casinos in the state debuted retail sportsbooks on their premises and began accepting wagers in person.

However, despite the fact that Maryland law permits both in-person and online sports betting, no online sportsbooks have launched in the Old Line State yet. Lawmakers and regulators continue to struggle with a firm date for the debut due to logistical and inclusivity concerns. But with the application window now open for online sports wagering licenses, there may be hope for a 2022 launch after all.

Whatever the case may be, this page is your best resource to find out about the latest news. PlayMaryland is dedicated to bringing you the most up-to-the-minute information about what your options for sports betting are, where you can play, and how you can put as much bonus money in your pocket as possible.

Latest updates on sports betting in Maryland

Last updated: Sept. 26, 2022

The online sports betting licensing process is open, and mobile sports betting may launch in 2022 after all.

After months of inaction, the process is moving swiftly lately. Applications are due by Oct. 21 in the 45-day window. The state’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission will then review the applicants.

The Washington Commanders were officially awarded a retail sports betting license during SWARC’s August meeting. An in-person sportsbook will likely occupy FedEx Field in the near future, though a timeline for online sports betting remains a mystery.

When will Maryland online sportsbooks launch?

Hopefully, online sportsbooks will launch in Maryland by Super Bowl LVII in February 2023. Comments from SWARC have identified the “Big Game” as a reasonable target date, but the committee has not set any launch date in stone and has alluded to many hurdles it has yet to overcome in the process.

Why Maryland online sports betting is delayed

Online sports betting remains on hold in Maryland. Perhaps surprisingly, the delay has nothing to do with the legality of online betting. In fact, 2021’s HB0940 called for as many as 60 online sportsbooks to launch in the Old Line State. However, there are regulatory and logistical impediments that continue to push the launch date back. Regulators have recently commented that they hope to be ready to go by the Super Bowl in 2023, but there is still no firm commitment.

The first problem is that the process for producing an operator application is long and unwieldy due to the multiple groups required to sign off on the application itself. As it stands, the proposed application resides with the Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, which must vote to accept the terms of the application. Until the application is approved, no operators may even apply for licensure, let alone be approved and prepare for launch.

The other issue is that HB0940 contained provisions to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses were included in the state’s sports betting industry. In order to satisfy the law’s requirements, the state commissioned a disparity study in March 2022. Unfortunately, regulators continue to wait for this study to be completed, and online sports betting cannot proceed until the officials receive their report.

Sportsbook apps coming to Maryland

Many of the major sports betting sites already have an in-person sportsbook present in Maryland at various casinos, and there’s room for more thanks to the state’s sports betting law allowing the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency to authorize up to 60 licenses. Below is the current outlook on the big brands that made their debut in late 2021.

SportsbookLand-Based PartnerOwner/OperatorRetail Launch
Barstool SportsbookHollywood Casino PerryvillePenn National GamingDecember 2021
Caesars SportsbookHorseshoe Casino BaltimoreCaesars EntertainmentDecember 2021
FanDuel SportsbookLive! Casino & Hotel MarylandCordish CompanyDecember 2021
BetMGM SportsbookMGM National HarborMGM Resorts InternationalDecember 2021
TwinSpires SportsbookOcean Downs CasinoChurchill Downs, Inc.December 2021
BetRivers SportsbookBingo World BaltimoreRush Street Interactive, Inc.August 2022
PointsBet SportsbookRiverboat on the PotomacPenny FlanaganSeptember 2022

 

Maryland online launch chance: CERTAIN 

Barstool Sportsbook is definitely going to launch at some point. Thanks to Penn National Gaming’s purchase of the former sports blog, Barstool is now the brand name for the sports betting wing of one of the largest casino companies not named MGM or Caesars. Penn National’s many holdings include Hollywood Casino in Perryville, and there’s no doubt that Barstool Sports logos will soon adorn the property, either as advertisements for the mobile app or the branding for the onsite sportsbook.

 

Maryland online launch chance: CERTAIN

BetMGM Maryland Sportsbook is a certainty. Unsurprisingly, BetMGM is the sportsbook brand for MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s largest casino companies. Even if BetMGM did not own a property in Maryland, the sportsbook has had a propensity for early entrances into new sports betting states and would be an odds-on favorite to be one of the first books to launch in the state. Of course, MGM already calls Maryland home through its ownership of MGM National Harbor, just outside of Washington, D.C. In addition, BetMGM is the official gaming partner for the Baltimore Ravens. So, there’s no question that BetMGM will launch an online sportsbook in Maryland.

 

Maryland online launch chance: CERTAIN

Caesars Sportsbook in Maryland is a lock to debut in one form or another. There’s simply no way that Caesars Entertainment is going to stand on the sidelines. For one thing, Caesars owns and operates Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. For another, Caesars is one of the largest casino companies in the world and has the wherewithal to launch in any state it chooses. CET is also the new owner of William Hill, a huge sports betting name in its own right, and thus has operations in every border state with Maryland except Delaware. The William Hill brand name is set to be phased out, so you’ll see the Caesars Sports brand in many places soon. Maryland is certainly on that list.

 

Maryland online launch chance: CERTAIN

DraftKings is almost always on the shortlist of online sportsbooks first to launch in new markets and is never shy about expansion. In fact, DK is active in every sport betting state in the country aside from Nevada. Even more importantly, DraftKings contributed several hundreds of thousands of dollars to advance an advertising campaign in favor of the Maryland sports betting referendum in November 2020. If the company is willing to come that far out of pocket to push the agenda for Maryland voters, there’s no doubt that a DraftKings Sportsbook in Maryland is part of the plan.

 

FanDuel Sportsbook Maryland welcome promotion and bonus code

Maryland online launch chance: CERTAIN

Like archrival DraftKings, FanDuel has been one of the most diligent and aggressively expanding sportsbooks in the last few years. The company has been part of the initial debut or early stages of sports betting launches in several states and has been one of the top sportsbook brands in numerous locations around the country. FanDuel also donated large sums of money to the Maryland ad initiative that sought to push Maryland voters toward approving the sports betting referendum in November 2020. So, it’s quite clear that a FanDuel Sportsbook in Maryland is part of the plans.

 

Maryland online launch chance: CERTAIN

PointsBet is an Australian sportsbook that has made waves in recent years for its unusual signature product and its cannonball splash into the US. Now, thanks to one of the quirkiest in-state partnerships ever, the PointsBet Maryland app is sure to launch at some point. The deal is with the Riverboat on the Potomac, an off-track betting location in Colonial Beach, Virginia, which you may notice is not in Maryland. However, because the riverboat is actually on the Potomac River and the river is considered part of Maryland, the Riverboat on the Potomac is one of four off-track betting locations eligible for licensing in the Old Line State.

 

Maryland online launch chance: CERTAIN

TwinSpires Sportsbook is not a big name in the sports betting world, despite its golden pedigree. The sportsbook brand of Churchill Downs, the world-famous racetrack in Kentucky, is still a newcomer to outright sports betting and is scraping to grab market share from the big boys. However, the book has a leg up in Maryland because of Churchill’s ownership of Berlin Downs, the state’s only racino. Since we cannot imagine Churchill Downs missing out on such a natural expansion point, TwinSpires is a shoo-in to become a Maryland sportsbook.

 

Maryland online launch chance: CERTAIN

After initial uncertainty, BetRivers Sportsbook will be the latest major sportsbook to join the others in Maryland. The Rush Street Interactive brand plans to extend its major presence in the American northeast into the Old Line State via Bingo World, which was approved by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission on March 16 and became the ninth operator to receive a Maryland sports betting license.

 


WynnBet

Maryland online launch chance: POSSIBLE

WynnBet certainly has the pedigree and resources to pursue a sports betting license in Maryland. The sportsbook is the sports betting arm of the Wynn and Encore casino chain. Thus, it has plenty of brand recognition to use as a lever into new markets. However, the relatively new WynnBet sportsbook app and is still early in its development of market share in other states. So, Maryland might not be the top spot on its priority list. With 60 spots available, WynnBet officials could also be thinking that there’s no particular rush.

 

Fanatics

Maryland online launch chance: POSSIBLE

The Fanatics Sportsbook brand could make a splash in Maryland as it introduces itself to the US market. The noted apparel brand could be one of the 2023 biggest stories in the industry, but it’s a relative unknown for now.

 

Bally Bet

Maryland online launch chance: POSSIBLE

Bally Bet is one of the newest sportsbooks on the market and is still getting its feet underneath it. Although most people associate Bally’s name with the Caesars-owned property in Las Vegas, the truth is that Bally’s is a conglomerate organization with multiple casino properties (among other things) operating under a variety of legacy brand names. Bally’s Atlantic City, Hard Rock Biloxi, and Tropicana Evansville are all Bally’s locations, but the Bally’s in Las Vegas is not. At any rate, Bally’s is looking to make some moves in the US right away, so a Maryland launch might make sense. However, the company does not have any Maryland assets, so we’ll have to wait and see if anything meaningful changes or the company submits an application.

How to sign up at a Maryland sports betting app

Signing up on a Maryland sportsbook app is a simple procedure. It should take you no more than five or ten minutes. In fact, if you’ve signed up for accounts on other sites online, most of the steps should look quite familiar.

The first thing to do is choose one of the books listed in our list of offers. Be sure to note any bonus code we have listed, as you will need it soon. Click through the link, choose the correct format for your device (Apple or Android), then proceed to the download page.

Downloading and installing the app should be identical to any other kind of app for your device. Once the app has finished installing itself, open it to find the app’s main lobby. Look for a button at the top of the display that says “register,” “sign up,” or something similar. If you don’t see a registration button, then press the button to log into your account – there should be a prompt on that page for new players.

When you reach the registration screen(s), be prepared to submit your name, address, email, phone number, date of birth, and Social Security as part of the account creation process. You should also have a unique username and password in mind so that you can access your account in the future. Lastly, if you picked up a promo code on our page, make sure to enter it exactly as we listed it into the appropriate box.

After you submit your details, you’ll need to deposit funds into your account. Access the cashier in the same area of the display as you found the registration option. Use whichever of the app’s deposit options that work for you and your financial situation.

After that, head back to the lobby, and start playing. You’re all set to begin making wagers.

Retail sportsbooks in Maryland

Maryland is now home to six active retail sportsbook locations. In addition, there are other vendors and locations that have secured their licenses but have not launched their operations yet. By law, there are 17 named locations that are already eligible to apply for licensure. On top of those locations, the law permits an additional 30 businesses to pursue retail sports betting on their premises – within certain geographic areas.

So, here is a table of all the different locations that have opened retail sportsbooks in Maryland or have indicated, through their regulatory applications or public announcements, that they plan to do so in the near future.

SportsbookLocationOpening date
BetMGMMGM National HarborDec. 9, 2021
FanDuelLive! CasinoDec. 10, 2021
CaesarsHorseshoe BaltimoreDec. 10, 2021
TwinSpiresOcean DownsDec. 17, 2021
BarstoolHollywood PerryvilleDec. 23, 2021
BetRiversBingo WorldAug. 2, 2022
PointsBetRiverboat on the PotomacEarly September 2022
FanaticsFedEx FieldEarly September 2022
BetfredLong Shot’sMid September 2022
Chesapeake GamingJockey Bar and GrilleTBA
Partner application pendingGreenmount StationTBA
SuperBookOriole Park at Camden YardsTBA
DraftKingsMaryland Fairgrounds (Timonium)TBA
Unknown, perhaps TipicoRocky Gap CasinoTBA
CaesarsM&T Bank StadiumTBA

In addition to these operators and venues, there are three locations (two licenses) that were listed in Maryland law as eligible to apply for sportsbook licenses. They are:

  • Laurel Park Race Track/Pimlico Race Track
  • Rod-n-Reel Resort

We will update this table and this list as more information becomes available.

How legal sports betting in Maryland came to be

For most states, including Maryland, the notion of legal sports betting was largely moot until 2018. The presence of the federal ban on sports betting, PASPA, made any legalization at the state level a performative measure, rather than an efficacious one. However, once New Jersey’s attorney concluded their oral arguments in front of the US Supreme Court in December 2017, it seemed as though the wind might be blowing in a different direction.

With that in mind, Maryland lawmakers introduced HB1014 in February 2018 to legalize sports betting in the Old Line State, even though a decision on PASPA was not expected until mid-2018. HB1014 passed the Maryland House overwhelmingly, but died a quick death in committee when it reached the Senate. A similar effort the following year, HB1132, did not even progress as far as its predecessor.

Lawmakers finally found some traction in 2020. A Senate effort, SB4, passed by unanimous vote in the upper chamber but, rather than hitting the wall like the last two attempts, only met with moderate resistance in the House. After some tinkering and negotiating, both chambers agreed to put the question to Maryland voters in November 2020.

Voters supported the measure by a 2:1 ratio. Legislators then passed the aforementioned HB0940 as an enabling measure in May 2021. Retail sportsbooks across the state began accepting wagers in December 2021.

However, Marylanders are still waiting on the launch of online sports betting. Despite its presence in the law, regulatory delays have not permitted operators to vie for the 60 spots that HB0940 allotted for online sportsbook apps in Maryland. In case you want a more concise description, here are the milestones that Maryland sports betting has passed or has yet to pass:

  • Voters approve sports betting referendum: November 2020
  • Pass bill to legalize sports betting: April 2021
  • Bill signed by Gov. Larry Hogan: May 2021
  • Debut and discuss sports betting regulations: July 2021
  • Open application process: September 2021
  • Review applications: October-November 2021
  • Regulatory approval of selected applications: November 2021
  • Retail launch: December 2021
  • Commission disparity study: March 2022
  • Open mobile application process: Late 2022
  • Regulatory approval of selected mobile applications: Late 2022 – Early 2023
  • Online launch: February 2023

FAQs

Is sports betting legal in Maryland?

Yes. Both online and retail sports betting are legal in Maryland. However, online sports betting remains unavailable in the Old Line State at this time.

Will I be able to bet on Maryland sports teams?

Yes. Maryland law does not limit sports betting on professional and collegiate games in the state. However, high school sports games remain prohibited, as they are across the US.

What is the minimum age for sports betting in Maryland?

You must be 21 or older to bet on sports in Maryland.

Who regulates sports betting in Maryland?

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission is the agency with oversight over Maryland sports betting. However, license applications are considered by the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Commission (SWARC).

Why can I find online sportsbooks already?

If you happen to come across any sportsbooks claiming to accept wagers from Maryland right now, beware. These are sportsbooks that are based outside the United States. They do not conform with US or Maryland laws and regulations, and present a host of problems for Marylanders who use them. With online sports betting an eventuality in Maryland, there’s no reason to take the theft and identity theft risks that come with these books.

How can I tell if a Maryland sportsbook app is the real deal?

For right now, there aren’t any legal online sportsbook apps active in Maryland. However, once the launch occurs, you might be wondering how to tell if you can trust one app or another. In short, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your chosen app is the genuine article:

  • Look for language referring to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission and/or the commission logo at the bottom of the app’s main lobby.
  • Check revenue reports or other official documents from the MLGC website itself in order to find references to the app.
  • Examine the app’s contact page and make sure that the app maintains a US-based office.
  • Call the MLGC and ask them point-blank.
  • Read this page. PlayMaryland does not cover or advertise any apps that are not explicitly legal in the state.

If you cannot confirm your app’s legitimacy through one of these methods, it is quite simply not a legitimate sportsbook in Maryland. With Maryland law providing for as many as 60 online apps to launch in the state, there is simply no reason to take a chance on an unlicensed sportsbook app.