With the expectation being that Maryland will make online sports betting legal in the fall of 2022, what sportsbook options should residents expect to see? There are a lot of factors to consider, such as tax rate and eligibility rules, but here is a list of sportsbooks that are monitoring the situation very carefully.
As we hinted to earlier, if Maryland gets even two of these sportsbooks up and running in 2022 it will be a massive win for sports fans. Should they offer a fair tax rate and straightforward path to registering and operating in the state you will likely see all seven of our top-rated sportsbooks operating by the time the 2022 NFL and college football seasons come around.
Sports betting is finally legal in the state of Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan made the news official on December 9, 2021, when he placed the first sports bet in the state at MGM National Harbor. The state did nearly $16.5 million in handle for the month of December. It will be interesting to see how much sports betting takes off in Maryland in 2022. Find all the details here as they come available.
|Start Date||December 9, 2021|
|Legal Age to Bet||21|
|Online/In App Betting||Fall of 2022|
|Maximum Bet||No Limit|
The Maryland legal sports betting process was confusing before COVID-19, after the pandemic, it became nearly impossible to figure out what the plan is moving forward. The problem of course is that state legislatures are pouring time and resources into the pandemic, which pushes everything else onto the backburner. That being said, here are the details you really need to know.
The state voted unanimously to include a sports betting bill on the ballot for 2020. Early polling indicates that Maryland residents will overwhelmingly approve this bill. Once approved, the Maryland state Senate will then vote on the tax rate and whether or not to legalize online and mobile sports betting.
It is worth noting that an initial poll of voters indicated that the majority of voters were in favor of making online betting available immediately. That is a great sign for Maryland residents as online and mobile betting will make sports betting more accessible to all residents. Additionally, this allows for more competition which will make better lines, promotions, and of course, live betting available immediately.
Outside of Las Vegas residents and visitors, sports betting is a fairly new industry for US citizens. It will be brand new for Maryland residents whose only option has been brick-and-mortar sportsbooks in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia. As a result, many residents will have questions as to how this will work. Below are answers to many of those questions.
Yes, Sports betting went live in the state of Maryland on December 9, 2021.
No, mobile sports betting has not yet launched in Maryland. However, most folks expect it to go live before the 2022 NFL and CFB seasons.
Whether or not it will be legal to bet on college sports in Maryland will also come following November’s vote. If we look to other states like a roadmap, college sports will be legal in Maryland, however, you may not be able to bet on the state’s colleges and universities.
The legal betting age in Maryland will be 21.
Should Maryland decide not to offer online sports betting, residents would likely have to visit a sportsbook located at one of the state’s six casinos to bet on sports. These casinos include Live Casino & Hotel in Hanover, MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Ocean Downs near Ocean City, and Rocky Gap in Cumberland.