⭐ Maryland Online Gambling
Maryland is a progressive state when it comes to online gambling, compared to neighbor Washington D.C. They were the first state to give paid fantasy contests a legal status, and in May 2021 Maryland legalized retail and online sports betting with a signature from Gov. Larry Hogan. With 6 retail casinos and a positive attitude towards online gambling, we might see MD online casino bill in the future as well, of course depending on the sports betting revenue and success of the sportsbooks.
⭐ MD Sports Betting Sites
Maryland legalized online sports betting in May 2021 with Maryland Online Gambling Bill HB940, but the sites won’t go live until 2022. The state could have up to 60 mobile sports betting licenses, so a sports bettor will be spoilt for choice. Some operators have already announced that they will be opening a Maryland sports betting site. Several operators are beginning to operate their retail sportsbooks during Winter 2021-22.
|BetMGM Sportsbook||MGM National Harbor|
|PointsBet Sportsbook||Riverboat on the Potomac|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Horseshoe Casino Baltimore|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino Perryville|
|TwinSpires Sportsbook||Ocean Downs Casino|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel|
How to Sign Up for a Sportsbook
Before you can participate in sports gambling, you need to register for an account on a sports gambling site. You can’t currently sign up for any of the betting sites online, but when they launch, you will need to provide information such as email address, phone number and home address on their forms.
In addition, banking options won’t be released until the market launches, but in any given gambling state you can find deposit methods and withdrawal options such as credit cards, PayPal and ACH.
⭐ Maryland Online Casinos
The state of Maryland does not have legal real money online casinos as the states gambling bill HB940 only legalized single event wagering. Currently, there is now law on the table discussing Maryland online casino legalization. However, with a good view on the tax revenue generated by Pennsylvania online casinos, New Jersey online casinos, and Delaware, Maryland legislators might decided to introduce an online casino bill sooner than later.
Although there are no Maryland online casinos, the state still has six retail casinos and a riverboat casino on Potomac River that offer table games, slot machines, and poker games. Some Maryland casinos are operated by some of the biggest players in the industry like Penn National, MGM Resorts, and Caesars, which means that these companies are very likely to have an online casino site in the state as well. These Maryland casinos also offer retail sports betting with their partners.
|Hollywood Casino Perryville||1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD 21903||Penn National Gaming||Yes|
|Horseshoe Casino Baltimore||1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230||Caesars Entertainment||Yes|
|Maryland Live! Casino Hotel||7002 Arundel Mills Cir #7777, Hanover, MD 21076||Cordish Companies||Yes|
|MGM National Harbor||101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745||MGM Resorts International||Yes|
|Ocean Downs Casino||10218 Racetrack Road, Berlin, MD 21811||Churchill Downs||No|
|Rocky Gap Casino & Resort||16701 Lakeview Rd NE, Flintstone, MD 21530||Golden Entertainment||No|
Maryland Online Poker
Online poker is not legal in Maryland. You can participate in poker games at four of the state’s six casinos. Private poker tournaments are also legal, and the World Poker Tour stops annually in MD. For gamblers looking to play online, social sweepstake casinos like Global Poker are the only option.
Available Casino Games
The six casinos in Maryland offer a number of gambling options on their casino floor. When the state finally legalizes online casinos, slot machines and table games like blackjack will be available through casino apps as well for Maryland residents.
- Slots (Video Lottery Terminals or VLTs)
- Video poker
- Casino War
- Fortune Pai Gow Poker
- Three Card Poker
- Four Card Poker
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em
- Mississippi Stud
- Let It Ride
- Heads-Up Poker
- Live poker
- Pari-mutuel betting on simulcast races
- Lottery games
⭐ Online Gambling in MD
In addition to online sports betting, there are a few other forms of online gambling in Maryland available for residents: Daily Fantasy Sports, Pari Mutuel Horse Wagering (both retail and online), and Maryland Lottery.
Maryland is known to horse racing enthusiasts for Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown, which is raced at Pimlico Race Course annually. Everyone over the age of 18 can wager on horses in Maryland both online and at retail locations. Online horse betting is done through online horse racing platforms like BetAmerica or TwinSpires. Retail horse racing betting can take place at one of the state’s six horse racing tracks, or at designated off track betting venues. Most casinos, excluding Live! and Rocky Gap also function as OTB venues.
|Fair Hill Races||402 Fair Hill Dr, Elkton, MD 21921||Track|
|Ocean Downs Casino||10218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin, MD 21811||Racino|
|Pimlico Race Course||5201 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215||Track/OTB|
|Rosecroft Raceway||6336 Rosecroft Dr, Fort Washington, MD 20744||Track|
|Timonium Fair Grounds||2200 York Road, Timonium, Maryland 21093||Track/OTB|
|Laurel Park||198 Laurel Race Track Rd, Laurel, MD 20725||Track|
Off Track Betting
|Long Shots||5400 Holiday Dr, Frederick, MD 21703|
|Greenmount Station||1631 N Main St #4, Hampstead, MD 21074|
|Riverboat on the Potomac||301 Beach Terrace, Colonial Beach, VA 22443|
Daily Fantasy Sports
Maryland was the first state to regulate paid entry DFS contests back in 2012. The law considered these contests not to be a form of gambling. Although there have been ruminations that the law should only apply to season long fantasy contests and not DFS, many operators have been legally operating in the state for almost ten years with no licensing fees. HB940 provided further clarification, and the state legislature explicitly legalized daily fantasy sports contests in Maryland as well.
The state lottery was founded in 1973 after a change in the MD gambling laws, and currently it offers Mega Millions and Powerball lottery and scratch tickets. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency monitors lottery and casino regulations and ensures all operations follow state laws.
⭐ MD Legal Gambling Age
The legal gambling age in Maryland is 21 years old for casinos and sports betting. For horse racing, the state lottery and daily fantasy sports, the legal gambling age is 18 years. You need to be within state lines to take part in any form of online gambling, but you don’t need to be a Maryland resident.
⭐ Online Gambling in Maryland Timeline
- Winter 2021: Retail sports betting industry launches during the NFL season.
- August 2021: The rules and regulations are submitted to the Maryland Register for a 30-day public comment period. Online sportsbooks announce partnerships with local operators and sports teams.
- July 2021: Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission approves sports betting regulations. State officials look to open sports wagering in MD prior to the NFL season.
- June 2021: The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission is filled and the application period begins.
- May 2021: Governor Larry Hogan signs the HB940; a day later BetMGM announces a partnership with the Baltimore Ravens and their home ground the M&T Bank Stadium.
- April 2021: The Senate also passes the sports betting bill, and now Maryland can offer up to 60 sports betting licenses.
- March 2021: The House passes HB940 by a resounding margin.
- February 2021: Maryland lawmakers introduce House Bill 940 (sports gambling bill) to the House Ways and Means Committee.
- November 2020: State voters approve the expansion of the gambling industry into sports betting after a referendum vote.
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