Disclaimer: DraftKings Sportsbook Maryland has yet to launch. This review is based on DraftKings sportsbook elsewhere and will be updated when the app goes live here.
When Maryland became the 23rd state with regulated, legal sports wagering, it opened the door for DraftKings Sportsbook to eventually launch there. That means you can soon partake of all that DraftKings has to offer:
Not only will we cover all of that here, but we’ll also go over how to sign up, make deposits, request withdrawals and place bets at the sportsbook. With plenty of ground to cover, we’ll start with the DraftKings welcome offer for new customers.
As a new customer at DraftKings, you’ll be eligible for a matched bet of up to $50. Additionally, the sportsbook will match your first deposit with up to $1,000 in bonus funds. Use the DraftKings link on this page to sign up at the sportsbook and claim these bonuses.
|Maryland Sportsbook||DraftKings Sportsbook MD|
|DraftKings Maryland Promo Code||None - Use Links|
|Deposit Offer||20% for up to $1,000|
|Bet match bonus||Up to $50|
|Online Since||2021 in Maryland|
|Last Updated||July 2021|
Both of DraftKings’ bonuses have some stipulations to be aware of. For the matched bet, DraftKings will match your deposit at a rate of 100% in the form of a free bet for up to $50. You can wager the free bet as you like, but be aware that if you win, you won’t receive the amount of the free bet back, just the winnings. The bet expires 30 days from when DraftKings issues it.
For DraftKings’ second bonus, the sportsbook will match your initial deposit at a rate of 20% for up to $1,000 in bonus funds. While the 20% match rate is not ideal, the 25x playthrough rate to release your bonus funds is the number you really need to pay attention to.
It means that for every $25 you place on sports bets (with -300 odds or longer), DraftKings will release $1 of bonus funds to your account. Here’s how the math shakes out if you want to receive the full $1,000 bonus:
The bet match bonus is a solid A. There’s nothing complicated about it, and even if your free bet loses, it doesn’t really cost you anything.
The deposit matching bonus is a lot harder to rate because it depends on how much money you plan to bet at DraftKings. If a deposit of $5,000 and $25,000 worth of sports bets is reasonable for you, then it’s a solid offer. However, if you don’t plan on depositing and wagering anywhere near those amounts, this bonus will not be anywhere near as valuable.
Yes, DraftKings is dependable and trustworthy. Before becoming one of the top sportsbook entities in the US, with mobile sportsbooks in many other states, DraftKings was one of the top daily fantasy sports sites in the country, which it still is.
In addition, to operate in the Maryland sports betting market, DraftKings will need to have gained the approval of the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission, which requires it to be a reputable sportsbook.
You’ll need to be 21 or older and within state lines to bet at DraftKings in Maryland. To confirm the second part, you’ll need geolocation enabled on the device you are using to bet.
To register for a DraftKings Sportsbook account in Maryland, click the link on this page to get started. From there you’ll select the green “Sign Me Up” link. If you have a DraftKings Fantasy account already, you can then select the small blue “Log In” button. Otherwise you must submit the following details:
On the off chance DraftKings cannot confirm your personal info, you will have to submit a form of picture ID. The majority of the time you can upload a driver’s license or passport photo and that will suffice.
The DraftKings app iworks equally well on Android and Apple devices. And downloading the app is both effortless and fast. First, head to the sportsbook site and look for the download buttons. You should see one for each operating system: “Download on the App Store” and “Download for Android.” Click the appropriate button to download and install the correct app for your device.
Some of DraftKings Sportsbook’s promotions are visible near the top of the page on both the app and website. To be sure that you’re not missing anything, though, you can select the promos header at the top. The DraftKings promotion page has three sections (missions, rewards and promotions):
Missions at DraftKings are basically a different type of promotion. You’ll receive an assignment from the sportsbook, and if you complete it, you’ll get a prize.
A mission could be something as simple as, “Place three over/under bets and earn a $5 free bet” or much bigger such as “Place three spread bets of $300 or more and get a $150 free bet.” Missions will have a deadline to complete your goal. You’ll see a counter showing how close you are to finishing the mission and when it will expire.
The rewards section shows you how many DK Crowns you have, the rewards that are available to you, the rewards you’re currently using and those that have expired.
You receive one Crown for every $2 you bet at the sportsbook and $1 you spend on DFS contests. For every 550 Crowns you redeem, you’ll get $1 in bonus funds that you can wager like cash. You also may want to check your available rewards regularly to make sure you’re not forgetting anything.
This is the section you’ll want to check the most often because DraftKings offers new promos daily. Though you’ll find a variety of bonuses, here are some popular ones:
Here are three of the top reasons to sign up with DraftKings Sportsbook in Maryland.
And here are a few weak points we’d like to see DraftKings improve.
DraftKings offers all the bets that you’ll find at most other Maryland sportsbooks. That includes moneylines, over/unders, spreads and prop bets. You also can build parlays and round robins. Here is an example of a game listing at DraftKings:
|Point Spread||Total Points||Moneyline|
|Washington Football Team||+6.5 (-112)||Over 51.5 (-109)||+245|
|Baltimore Ravens||-6.5 (-109)||Under 51.5 (-112)||-315|
The point spread helps even the betting field. For our example, the line is 6.5. At game’s end, the Ravens, who are favored, will have 6.5 points removed from their score if you bet on Baltimore. Or Washington will have 6.5 points added to its score if you bet on that side. If your team is still leading after adding or removing points, your bet wins.
The odds appear in parentheses, and they mean you would need to bet $112 on Washington or $109 on Baltimore to collect $100 in winnings.
First, totals are bets on the combined score of a game. You either bet over or under the listed number. The reason many totals have a .5 at the end is to prevent ties, same as with point spreads.
If the line doesn’t end in .5 and a game ends exactly on that number, your bet is a push and you get your money back. If the wager was part of a parlay or other multi-bet, it’s no longer part of the consideration for your overall wager.
There are two things to keep in mind with moneyline odds. First, negative numbers mean you must bet that much money for a chance to win $100. For instance, a $315 on the Ravens would win $100, while a $31.50 bet would win you $10.
Positive numbers, meanwhile, mean a $100 bet will win you that much money back. Once again, you can adjust depending on the size of your wager. If you bet $100 on Washington, you would be in line to win $245, while a $10 bet would win $24.50 if correct.
It can be a little staggering how many prop betting options you’ll find at DraftKings. Think of prop bets as side wagers. When you click on a contest, you’ll see all the available betting choices. The most popular bets appear first, and you can click on different headers to see all the props DraftKings has to offer.
All you need to do to build parlays and round robins at DraftKings is add the bets you want to your bet slip. Parlays require you to get all your selections right, while round robins let you still win some money if you don’t get everything correct.
While parlays can lead to extremely large paydays, they are very difficult to win. Don’t be fooled when sportsbooks share huge wins on social media. Those wagers are definitely the exception and should not be your expectation.
DraftKings might have the most extensive futures bets of any online sportsbook in Maryland. When you click on individual leagues, you’ll see your futures betting options close to the top of the page. Prior to the NFL season, for example, the categories were team futures, awards, player totals and offseason specials.
Live betting lets you bet on games in real time. If you think a team that is trailing at halftime is going to stage a big comeback, you can bet on it. Or maybe you’re convinced a drive starting from a team’s own one-yard line is going to result in a touchdown, you can bet on that, too.
Yes, DraftKings has an abundance of betting markets available for all Major League Baseball games, including the hometown Baltimore Orioles. You’ll be able to place all the bets we described above, as well as some distinctive baseball bets:
Here are your choices for depositing and withdrawing money from your DraftKings account. The deposit options are numerous; the withdrawal choices not so much.
|Deposit Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|Online bank transfer||$5||Instant|
|Credit or debit card||$5||Instant|
|Wire transfer||$100||1-2 Days|
|DraftKings gift card||$5||Instant|
|DraftKings Play+ Prepaid Debit Card||$5||Instant|
|Withdrawal Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|Check mailed to you||$15||7-14 days|
DraftKings offers around-the-clock assistance. From the contact page, you can pick a topic and send a message detailing your problem. When doing this, just make sure you click on the sportsbook option at the top. Your other choices are fantasy and casino. There is a blue hyperlink that allows you to fill out a form and receive a call back.
Another option is to email DraftKings at [email protected] A fourth choice is to look through the FAQ page to see if an answer to your problem already exists.
If you want to exclude yourself from all DraftKings products or just set up gambling limits, you’ll start by clicking on the responsible gambling link at the bottom of all DraftKings pages.
Once there, you should see hyperlinks to self-exclude or set limits. When clicking each one, you’ll find explanations for how the exclusions and limits work. To find out more about betting safely, you can check out this responsible gambling in Maryland page.
DraftKings has yet to announce whether it will open a retail sportsbook in Maryland. It would not be remotely surprising, though, for it to have a brick-and-mortar locale somewhere in the state, with Baltimore clearly offering plenty of advantages.
If DraftKings does open a retail sportsbook, not only will you be able to bet from it, but you should be able to deposit and withdraw money there, too.
We’re pretty hard pressed to think of many sportsbooks that we even consider in DraftKings’ league at the moment. FanDuel definitely is one of them, and, depending on your preferences, William Hill, BetMGM and PointsBet could be up there, as well. Other than that, DraftKings offers a pretty clear advantage over most others.