As of December 2021, physical sportsbooks have been active in Maryland, but today players in the region can access mobile and online sportsbooks from seven major operators.
Legal sports betting in Maryland now encompasses all available options (in-person, mobile, online, offshore), but the introduction of mobile sports betting in particular will improve revenue collection exponentially.
Here is the first batch of domestic sports betting apps opening for trading in MD today.
Mobile sports betting apps in Maryland
- Bar stool sports betting
- Caesar’s Sportsbook
- fan duel
These online and mobile outlets eliminate the need for local players to travel to a sportsbook just to place a bet on their game or athlete of choice. For people living in Baltimore, this might not be a big deal, but for sportsbooks in outlying regions of Maryland, these apps are a godsend.
MD’s mobile sports betting apps also allow 21-year-old and older locals the ability to deposit funds and withdraw withdrawals remotely, reducing the need to stay in a retail store to collect post-game or match winnings.
Land based sportsbook in Maryland
- MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill (BetMGM)
- Live! Casino & Hotel, Arundel Hills (FanDuell)
- Horseshoe Casino, Baltimore (Caesars)
- Ocean Downs Casino, Berlin (TwinSpires)
- Hollywood Casino, Perryville (bar stool sportsbook)
- Bingo World, Baltimore (BetRivers)
- Riverboat on the Potomac, Colonial Beach (PointsBet)
This latest development has the support of MD Gov. Larry Hogan. Initial projections were hopeful that domestic betting apps would start accepting bets in time for the 2022 NFL and college football seasons, but it took another three months to iron out regulations and process applications.
“This process has taken longer than it should have, but we’re pleased that this launch is timely for fans to place their bets on all of the NFL action on Thanksgiving Day, college football rivalry weekend, the roster of NBA games this week and the 2022 World Cup and the Ravens and Commanders games this Sunday…”
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
Mobile MD sportsbook debuts just in time to bet on the Thanksgiving NFL games, the FIFA World Cup and the final games of the regular season for NCAA football.
Maryland’s largest sports betting handle recorded in its first 11 months of operation was $32,530,831 raised during the January 2022 NFL playoffs.
MD has a population of 6.2 million people, which is only a few hundred thousand fewer than the state of Indiana, a region that already has mobile, online, and individual sports betting.
For comparison, Indiana raised $500,138,648 in January 2022, which should give readers an idea of why lawmakers are so eager to introduce online and mobile sports betting options.
While these domestic apps offer lines, odds, and futures on major sports taking place in the United States, they do not offer exotic prop bets, political bets, or entertainment odds for popular reality TV shows, pro-wrestling, celebrity romance, and others pop culture characteristics.
Offshore sports betting sites and apps enable entertainment and election betting and also let their members place bets using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
There’s a chance that domestic books in MD will one day start accepting crypto, but for now, offshore sportsbooks are the only bitcoin-friendly operators in the region.
Source – WBALTV