Is Sports Betting Legal in Maryland?
After a very dragged out process, sports betting is legal and live in the state of Maryland. After voters approved legalized sports betting during the 2020 election, online sports betting didn’t launch for another two years in November 2022.
In addition to the sportsbook mobile apps, there are plenty of in-person betting options in Maryland as well. There are retail sportsbooks at each of the casinos around the state and Fanatics recently opened their sportsbook at FedExField, home of the Washington Commanders.
If you’re looking for more information on sports betting in the United States beyond New Jersey, check out our Sports Betting Legal Tracker.
Top Betting Sites in Maryland
DraftKings and FanDuel are considered the two best online sportsbooks in Maryland. They have the best technology, offer the best user experience, have the most markets available, and provide the most odds boosts and promos for returning customers.
Caesars Sportsbook and BetMGM are the next two best sportsbooks in Maryland, and they each have their own rewards programs, where you can earn points/credits for betting on their app to redeem at their hotels and other experiences.
Fanatics Sportsbook officially went live on August 9th in Maryland, which should quickly emerge as one of the best online sportsbook options in the state. Customers using Fanatics Sportsbook can earn up to 5% FanCash on every bet to redeem on team apparel and merchandise.
If you’re new to sports betting, read our guide on How to Bet on the NFL.
What Sports Betting Apps are Legal in Maryland?
- Caesars Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Fanatics Sportsbook
How to Bet in Maryland
Betting on sports in Maryland is really simple. No in-person registration is required, meaning you can sign up with any online sportsbook from your mobile device or computer. There are also no restrictions on where you can use an online sportsbook in Maryland.
If you’re looking for betting tips, check out our Top 10 Sports Betting Strategies.
Top Sportsbook Promos/Bonuses in Maryland
There are many great sign-up offers available in Maryland. Click on the widget below to take advantage of these promos!
Maryland Sports Betting Timeline
2022: Ten online sportsbooks were approved and awarded licenses to go live in Maryland, and mobile betting eventually launched on November 23rd.
2021: In April 2021, the Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates approved a legalized sports betting bill that would permit up to 60 online operators as well as 30 retail sportsbooks. Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed the law one month later, passing it as an emergency, meaning it was effective immediately. Maryland’s online sports betting launch still wasn’t imminent, however, as regulators had to agree on their rules and regulations and approve each sportsbook applicant. Retail sportsbooks opened before the end of the year at the casinos.
2020: Legalized sports betting in Maryland was approved by voters during the 2020 election.
2018: On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act), officially ending the federal ban on sports betting in the United States.