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Latest in Maryland sports betting

Is sports betting legal in Maryland?

Yes, sports betting is legal in Maryland. Voters approved legalization in November 2020, and the first retail sportsbook opened in December 2021. Legal online sports betting launched in November 2022.

Is online sports betting legal in Maryland?Yes. It has been legal since 2021, and launched in November 2022.
What sportsbook apps are available in Maryland?Barstool, BetMGM, Betfred, BetRivers, Caesars, Crab Sports, DraftKings, FanDuel, Fanatics, PointsBet and SuperBook.
What sports are legal to bet on in Maryland?Most sports other than high school sports are legal for betting in Maryland.
Who can bet on sports in Maryland?Anyone who is 21 or older and inside state lines.

Comparing the top betting apps in Maryland

With so many online sportsbooks already live or soon to launch in Maryland, bettors have choices. Even though the core activity of online sports betting is largely the same at each one, different sportsbooks have various strengths and weaknesses. Here is some information to help you decide which ones you might want to try:

1. Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars Sportsbook is the face of the entertainment and hospitality company that operates casinos around the world, including the Horseshoe in Baltimore. It also offers a good number of promotions, along with a low-frills app that is good for less-experienced bettors.

2. BetMGM Sportsbook

BetMGM Sportsbook is the online sportsbook for its sister property in Maryland, MGM National Harbor. However, BetMGM does not coast on its name alone. You are unlikely to find a sportsbook app that offers more flexibility when it comes to options and changing a wager after placing it.

3. PointsBet Sportsbook

PointsBet Sportsbook is an Australian sportsbook that has expanded to a number of US states. It is known for its signature wager method, PointsBetting. This feature differs from the standard spread or total bet by determining your payout or loss depending on how much your bet is right or wrong. PointsBet’s app itself is noted for its speed, which pairs well with its live-betting options. PointsBet is partnered with the Riverboat on the Potomac in Maryland.

4. FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel Sportsbook offers one of the best betting options in the country, and Marylanders can now find out why. The sportsbook app is one of the easiest and slickest to navigate. FanDuel also offers a large roster of same-game parlays.

5. BetRivers Sportsbook

BetRivers is operated by Rush Street Interactive and features a retail sportsbook at Bingo World. The online betting site has a simple interface that’s easy to use. They feature a robust betting market and lots of promotions to consider, including bet insurance and profit boosts.

6. DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook is one of the top betting options in Maryland thanks to its innovative app and broad list of sports on which you can wager. It distinguishes itself through an especially robust section of live betting options. There are also betting pools that offer tournament-like events.

Full list of legal Maryland sports betting sites

With up to 60 sports betting licenses available, the list of those that are either active or cleared to launch and offer sports betting in Maryland will evolve for a while. At present, here are the ones that are available:

New Maryland sports betting apps

While the list of available Maryland sports betting apps continues to evolve, there are a few sportsbooks that could launch in the near future as they have already obtained the proper licensing. Maryland could house as many as 60 legal sportsbooks one day, so we will update this list as more attempt to enter the market. Here is the list sportsbooks that could soon be available in Maryland:

Best Maryland sportsbook bonuses

One of the primary differences between betting on sports online and in person is the wider availability of sportsbook bonuses.

Sports betting promos may vary somewhat depending on the book, but they usually fall into one of a few categories. Here’s a brief primer on the best sports betting promos available in Maryland:

Latest Maryland sports betting news

Maryland sports betting law

The US Supreme Court’s 2018 dismissal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act left sports betting legalization up to individual states. Maryland lawmakers spent the next two years introducing various bills and measures to make sports betting legal in the state. Nothing moved forward significantly until legislators put the question to voters in November 2020.

The people of Maryland voted in support of legal sports betting and spurred lawmakers to draft legislation in 2021. The bill, HB 940, became law in July 2021.

The language of Maryland’s sports betting law set the state up to become an extremely competitive environment for sportsbooks. There are provisions for dozens of both retail and online sportsbooks to secure licenses. Here’s how the law breaks down retail licenses:

Class A-1

Criteria: Casinos with more than 1,000 slots, racetracks and sports facilities.

Specific qualifying facilities, if any:

Class A-2

Criteria: Casinos with fewer than 1,000 slots.

Specific qualifying facilities, if any:

Class B-1

Criteria: Companies that employ more than 25 people and earn $3 million or more in revenue each year.

Specific qualifying facilities, if any:

Class B-2

Criteria: Any company that falls below the B-1 thresholds

Specific qualifying facilities, if any: none

Class A licensees have one primary advantage over Class B licensees — a degree of geographic priority over their immediate areas. In other words, a Class B licensee may not open a sportsbook within a certain proximity of a Class A facility.

Online licenses

There are 60 licenses available for online sportsbooks. Each license allows the bearer a single skin. Both classes of retail licensees can pursue an online license.

10 quick facts about Maryland sports betting

  1. Maryland legalized sports betting in 2021.
  2. Lawmakers passed the enabling legislation after an affirmative response from voters in November 2020.
  3. The law allows for 47 retail sportsbook licenses, 60 online sportsbook licenses and three licenses in reserve in case a major professional sports team relocates to the state.
  4. The law designated all five of Maryland’s casino locations and its major sports venues as able to offer retail sports betting.
  5. Retail sports betting began in Maryland in December 2021.
  6. Online sports betting did not launch until nearly a year later, in November 2022.
  7. The delay was due, in part, to a regulatory effort to meet inclusion and diversity goals within the license award process.
  8. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency oversees sports betting in the state.
  9. The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission performs initial vetting for betting licenses.
  10. Maryland sports betting law contains no prohibitions on wagering aside from high school sports and certain non-sports events, like the Academy Awards.

Where to bet on sports in Maryland

Several sportsbooks are open at local casinos and businesses. In August 2022, Bingo World was the first non-casino location to open a sportsbook in the state. The Riverboat on the Potomac may have a Virginia address and access point, but it is located on Maryland waters.

VenueLocationSportsbook Partner
Horseshoe CasinoBaltimoreCaesars Sportsbook
Hollywood CasinoPerryvilleBarstool Sportsbook
Live! Casino & HotelHanoverFanDuel Sportsbook
MGM National HarborForest HeightsBetMGM Sportsbook
Ocean Downs CasinoWorcester CountyTwinSpires Sportsbook
Bingo WorldBaltimoreBetRivers Sportsbook
Riverboat on the PotomacColonial Beach, VAPointsBet Sportsbook
Greenmont Station OTBHampsteadBetParx Sportsbook
FedEx FieldLandoverFanatics Sportsbook
SuperBook Sports Lounge at Camden YardsBaltimoreSuperBook Sportsbook
Green Turtle BetPARX SportsbookBaltimoreBetPARX Sportsbook
FanDuel SportsbookBethesdaFanDuel Sportsbook

Legal betting options in Maryland

Legal betting in Maryland includes wagering at a number of retail and online sportsbooks, along with betting on horse racing and fantasy sports. The first retail sportsbook launched on Dec. 9, 2021.

Is horse racing legal in Maryland?

Yes. The Maryland Racing Commission oversees horse racing in Maryland. Online pari-mutuel wagering is legal and available through sites such as TVG and TwinSpires.

Maryland hosts one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world: the Preakness Stakes. Taking place at Pimlico Race Course since 1873, the Preakness is the middle leg in horse racing’s Triple Crown. Winning at the Kentucky Derby is the sport’s crown jewel, but that same horse winning at the Preakness creates the excitement of a Triple Crown contender.

Other racetracks in the state are Laurel Park and Timonium at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, both of which could have sports betting.

Maryland also has a rich history in steeplechase racing going back more than 100 years. The Fair Hill Races are the only US steeplechase event with pari-mutuel betting.

Popular sports and teams to bet on in Maryland

Maryland is home to one major city — Baltimore. It also has another big metro area — Washington, D.C. — perched just outside its southern border. That means there are professional teams in all the major US sports leagues in or near Maryland. Here’s a rundown of the popular sports and teams to wager on in Maryland:


The NFL is the most popular league for sports betting, both in Maryland and the US. The NFL season is the busiest time of the year for sportsbooks, and many states have timed their launches to coincide with the opening kickoff. Two teams play their home games in Maryland:

Betting on NFL games is as straightforward as it comes. Thanks to a host of pregame and in-game wagering options, expect to find hundreds of ways to bet on Ravens and Commanders games.


The NBA is behind the NFL in popularity, with a sizable following of fans and bettors in its own right. Maryland does not have any NBA teams of its own, but there are two of them in nearby areas for Maryland fans:

Like NFL contests, NBA games are not short on wagers. In fact, the smaller number of team members can make for interesting prop bets on individual athletes.


Major League Baseball is the oldest of the major professional sports leagues in the country. The slower pace of its games compared to the NFL or NBA creates a popular live-betting draw. The state is home to a single team in Baltimore, but some Maryland residents may also throw their loyalties in with the team in Washington, D.C.

MLB games offer plenty of wagers. The slower pace favors the placement of numerous in-game bets. Oddsmakers use the run line instead of a point spread, which sets the line at a standard 1.5 runs. In order to account for the differences in team ability, sportsbooks then vary the odds more dramatically than they would for a typical spread wager.


There are plenty of fans and bettors who prefer the game on ice. Like Maryland’s situation with the NBA, there are no NHL teams in the state, but there are a couple nearby:

Hockey games generally have the same lower-scoring margins as baseball, so Maryland oddsmakers treat spread bets on hockey games similarly, with the puck line supplanting the run line. Other than the names, the two bets are essentially identical.


In-state colleges are often big draws for fans and bettors, and Maryland lawmakers elected not to limit wagering on college sports, so people in the state can bet on both in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. Although there are many schools in Maryland, the most likely candidates for betting are going to be the teams that play in the NCAA’s Division I:

Of the schools, the University of Maryland and the United States Naval Academy maintain the athletic programs with the highest profiles. However, other Maryland teams have certainly made waves in the past. Coppin State, Morgan State and Mount St. Mary’s are frequent competitors in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament — aka March Madness — and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, left an indelible mark on the tournament as the first 16-seeded team to defeat a No. 1 seed in the first round.

Maryland sports betting history

The events leading up to the dismissal of PASPA in 2018 proved revealing about a number of states’ sentiments regarding sports betting. Some remained steadfast in disapproval, but others were receptive to expansion. Even before sports betting became a decision for states in May 2018, Maryland had already put itself in the latter camp.

Still, it took several years for sports betting to become legal in Maryland. Many legislative and regulatory hurdles appeared to trip up the momentum. Here is a brief chronicle of the main points of interest:


FedEx Field, home of the Washington Commanders, becomes the home to a retail sportsbook with the opening of Fanatics Sportsbook on the premises. Another retail sportsbook — SuperBook — opens at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles.


After almost a year of delays, online sports betting finally launches in Maryland. The launch comes after SWARC identifies 10 sportsbooks, including titans like DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM and FanDuel, as the first applicants for online licenses in Maryland.

Legal sports betting in Maryland sees $497.1 million in combined retail and online handle in December, the first fully legal month; $478.2 million of that total is through Maryland sports betting apps.


Maryland lawmakers advance HB 940 as the enabling legislation for both retail and online sports betting in April. After a signature from Gov. Larry Hogan and a short cooling period, the bill becomes law in July.

A few months later, retail sports betting launches in Maryland at five locations. Four of the state’s five casinos open sportsbooks — the only holdout is Rocky Gap Casino Resort. A fifth book also opens at Ocean Downs, one of the state’s racinos.

Online sports betting remains inactive through the end of the year due to regulatory hesitation. Due to inclusion language in the law, the SWARC seeks to “achieve racial, ethnic and gender diversity when awarding licenses” and studies the issue carefully to accomplish this goal.


Lawmakers begin pursuing sports betting legislation in earnest. They unveil SB 4, SB 58 and HB 225 as potential legislation to allow sports betting in Maryland.

However, infighting among the various stakeholders leads to stripping the legislation down to a referendum question for Maryland voters. Those who enter the ballot booth in November encounter the following:

“Do you favor the expansion of commercial gaming in the state of Maryland to authorize sports and event betting for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education?”

Maryland voters don’t blink. They approve the measure by a margin of roughly 2:1. At that point, legal sports betting becomes a matter of time in Maryland.


Legislative actions to bring sports betting to Maryland never seem to get going. There are discussions among lawmakers about the possibility of legalizing sports betting without amending the Maryland Constitution. However, an opinion from the state attorney general quickly dispels that notion and makes it clear that sports betting will require a change to the state’s fundamental document.


In the wake of the fall of PASPA, Maryland emerges as an unlikely candidate to legalize sports betting. HB 1014, which would put the question to Maryland voters via a referendum, sails through the House and appears poised to move things forward.

However, the bill dies a quick and unceremonious death when it reaches the Senate, and no significant further action on the issue occurs.


The first indication that Maryland lawmakers are interested in sports betting occurs before a favorable US Supreme Court ruling on PASPA becomes likely. Two delegates present HB 989 as a motion to commission a task force to study the impact of sports betting on the state. Although the bill gains little traction, it indicates that at least some Maryland lawmakers already entertain a positive viewpoint about the legalization of sports betting in the state.

Maryland sports betting FAQ

Who oversees betting in Maryland?

The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency oversees gambling activity in the state. Legislators in Maryland called for a Sports Wagering Application Review Commission to decide which applicants will receive Class B and mobile licenses.

Where can I bet on sports in Maryland?

There are now more than a half-dozen physical sportsbook locations in Maryland. At last check, you could place a wager at the following:

There are still dozens of licenses available, as well. Expect this list to grow in the coming years.

How old do I have to be to bet on sports in Maryland?

Twenty-one or older. Marylanders under the drinking age will have to wait to place a wager. However, Marylanders between 18 and 21 do have the option of placing a wager in Washington, D.C., if they choose.

Is horse betting legal in Maryland?

Yes. In fact, Maryland is a key location in horse racing. Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore plays host to the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the thoroughbred Triple Crown, each year. In addition, there are several other tracks in action around the state:

In addition, Marylanders can make use of any number of online horse betting sites. Finally, Maryland is home to several simulcast facilities, including some venues that now double as retail sportsbooks.

Is DFS legal in Maryland?

Yes. In fact, the Maryland government has identified daily fantasy sports contests as non-gambling activities since 2012. Maryland Lottery and Gaming oversees daily fantasy sports in the state and has authorized the following providers as legitimate DFS outlets:

Maryland sports betting resources

If you need further information about sports betting in Maryland beyond this page, consult the following resources: