Maryland Sports Betting
MD Online Sportsbooks & Promo Codes
Updated September 30, 2023
Maryland online sports betting is live! Eight sportsbooks are available for MD sports bettors to choose from. Read on to learn more about the top sportsbooks in the state, the best promo codes to use when you register for the first time, Maryland's sports betting rules, and background on sports betting's legalization in the state.
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Maryland Sports Betting Key Takeaways
⚖️ Is sports betting legal in Maryland?
Yes! Online betting has officially launched as of 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Bettors are now able to place online sports bets at seven sportsbooks.
💸 What are the requirements to bet online?
You have to be 21 years of age and physically in the state (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech, or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place wagers.
|📒 What online sportsbooks are available in MD?|
🏈 What sports can I bet on?
MD bettors can bet on all the major league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL), including college football and basketball, and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket and rugby.
Latest Highlights in MD Sports Betting:
- August 9, 2023 — Fanatics Sportsbook officially launches, with Maryland being one of their first live betting states.
- June 1, 2023 — Fanatics Sportsbook has began beta testing in Maryland.
- December 6, 2022 — Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin shared that the sportsbook will launch sometime in Spring 2023, preferably before the 2023 NFL season.
- December 1, 2022 — The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announce that Bally Bet and WynnBET are qualified operators to obtain sports betting licenses. SWARC and the MLG will determine if both online sportsbooks will receive a legal license by at least Dec. 14 during their next meeting.
- November 23, 2022 — Legal online MD sports betting is finally here! Seven online sportsbooks went live in Maryland (DraftKings, Caesars, FanDuel, BetMGM, Barstool, BetRivers, and PointsBet).
- November 22, 2022 — Gov. Larry Hogan announces that MD online sports betting will officially go live at 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday. Seven sportsbooks will be available at launch.
- November 21, 2022 — Soft-launch period is set between 2-10 p.m. EST for all licensed books. Caesars, FanDuel, and BetMGM's pre-registration offers expire at 2 p.m. EST.
- November 17, 2022 — Maryland Lottery officially announces that Maryland online sports betting will launch on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
- November 16, 2022 — The Maryland Wagering Commission awards 10 sports betting licenses, but an official launch date, while expected to happen in the next week or two, was not announced by the committee or the state lottery.
- November 14, 2022 — Maryland state officials confirmed that SWARC will be announcing legalized sportsbooks on Nov. 16 with the expectation that online sports betting will launch sometime around Thanksgiving.
- November 1, 2022 – Geolocation software leader GeoComply is awarded a Tier One Contractor license by Maryland. This is exciting news and confirmation that Maryland will offer online sports betting within the next few weeks.
- October 27, 2022 – Ten sports betting operators have applied to become licensed in Maryland. Those applications included Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, Barstool, PointsBet, and more.
- October 19, 2022 – Maryland's online sports betting launch is expected by or around Thanksgiving. SWARC reaffirmed the launch timeline between Nov. 21-Dec. 5.
- September 12, 2022 – Regulators state that Maryland is on pace to launch sports betting apps by November or December.
- September 6, 2022 – The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) has announced that MD is accepting online sports betting licenses until Oct. 21, 2022. The state can accept up to 60 sports betting licenses.
Where to Play: Legal Online Sportsbooks in Maryland
Fanatics Sportsbook Maryland
The sports retail giant has officially launched its sportsbook app in Maryland. On Jan. 20, Fanatics opened its inaugural retail betting location inside FedEx Field in Maryland. Fanatics is set up to be a leading online sportsbook in Maryland moving forward.
Fanatics Promo Code
No promo code required
Action Network Score
9.8/10. See our Fanatics Sportsbook Promo Code for more in-depth information about Fanatics and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up
Terms & Conditions
New users only, 21+. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (OH/TN) or visit www.mdgamblinghelp.com (MD), (800)-327-5050 or gamblinghelplinema.org (MA).
Until the online sports betting launch, Marylanders have been able to place wagers at the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino, which is owned by Caesars.
Caesars Sportsbook Promo
Caesars Sportsbook Promo CodeACTION221000
Action Network Score
9.3/10. Take a look at our Caesars Maryland Promo Code for more details and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options Caesars Sportsbook vs Other Sportsbooks
The King of Sportsbooks continues to expand its offerings into new states with their online launch in MD. Their retail location at the MGM National Harbor is the largest casino in the state. BetMGM is an official partner of the Baltimore Ravens.
BetMGM Bonus Code
Action Network Score
9.8/10. Read our BetMGM Maryland Bonus Code and review to discover more details and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options BetMGM vs Other Sportsbooks
This is FanDuel's 17th live state. FanDuel offers their sportsbook at the Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, one of the largest facilities in the state and country.
Promo Period: 9/19 @ 12 PM EST – 10/2 @ 11:59 PM EST
FanDuel Promo Code
There is no promo code required to claim the FanDuel offer.
Action Network Score
9.6/10. See our FanDuel Promo Code and review for more details and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options FanDuel vs Other Sportsbooks
PointsBet is bringing PointsBetting to MD. To date, PB has secured partnerships with the University of Maryland Athletics and Riverboat on the Potomac.
PointsBet Promo Code
No promo code required
Action Network Score
9.3/10. Read our PointsBet Promo Code and review for more in-depth information about and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options PointsBet vs Other Sportsbooks
How to Place a Mobile Sports Bet in Maryland
Now that online sports betting is legal and live in Maryland, it's time to start betting. Here's a quick four-step guide on how to get started:
Step 1: Choose a Sportsbook
Seven major online sportsbooks have gone live Maryland, with three more to come in the near future and the potential for as many as 60 operators in the state.
If you sign up for FanDuel, you can redeem its Bet $5, Get $200 offer! Let’s start there.
Eventually, you’ll want multiple sports betting accounts so you can shop for the best lines, but for now, let’s just use FanDuel, especially since that allows us to use Action Network’s exclusive QuickSlip to instantly place our future bets.
Step 2: Sign Up
Create a new account at FanDuel by following the prompts. You might need to provide proof of identity, like a driver’s license and social security number, to verify you are of legal age and so you can’t create multiple accounts using fake names.
You may already have an account at FanDuel if you’ve played DFS before. If so, login.
Pro Tip: If you’re in D.C. or another nearby state and try to sign up in Maryland, use all your real information. Don’t use a friend’s address, or an old address. It’s perfectly legal to sign up to bet in Maryland while you’re inside state lines, even if you don’t live there.
Step 3: Deposit Money Online, Not in Person
Maryland has made things easy on sports bettors by allowing online sign-ups and registrations. Some states make you sign up in person before betting online.
You can deposit at FanDuel with the following:
- Credit card
- Bank account
- Wire transfer
- And more…
Legal sportsbooks make you pay upfront by depositing a certain amount of money (that you choose) which will operate as your bankroll (or available funds to bet). If you’ve previously bet offshore, you’ll be happy to know that it’s easy to use a credit card or bank account to deposit money.
Cashing out is also easy — FanDuel will wire money right to your bank account at any time, in this example. We’ve seen withdrawals come through in fewer than 24 hours in some instances. If you’ve been betting offshore, that’s a welcome change.
Step 4: Place Your First Bet
Once you’re at FanDuel sportsbook, either on desktop or through the mobile app, all we have to do to bet is simply click on a line you like, and it will be highlighted.
Once it’s highlighted, the bet will populate your bet slip, where you’ll select how much you want to bet from your available funds that you deposited earlier. That bet slip will be on the right side of your screen on desktop, and in the middle of the bottom menu on your phone.
So get started sports betting in Maryland with FanDuel’s bonus credit offer if your first bet is a loss. And if you don’t know what any of this means, check out our beginner’s sports betting guide.
Maryland Sports Betting Background and Legalization Timeline
Maryland’s first seven online sports betting apps are officially live as of Nov. 23, 2022! This news comes after SWARC announced licenses for 10 mobile sportsbooks in mid-November. The 10 online sportsbooks that were awarded licenses were:
Some of the sportsbooks did not immediately launch when legal online sports betting went live. Betfred and betPARX are expected to wait until 2023 before or during the 2023 NFL Playoffs. Bally Bet and WynnBET are two additional operators that have qualified to obtain a sports betting license, so expect both sportsbooks to also join the MD market in early 2023.
According to the SWARC, 21 mobile license applications were submitted during the first application window, meaning there are an additional 11 applications for the group to consider. SWARC has not yet revealed the names of these operators, but they could award more licenses when the group meets again on Dec. 14.
Retail sports betting launched in Maryland in December two years ago as mobile bettors in the state anxiously-awaited to go live for two years.
Maryland’s sports betting bill directs the SWARC to award up to 30 additional retail and 60 online sportsbooks to state businesses. Though Maryland will license as many as 60 statewide mobile sportsbooks, it could take years to reach that cap.
State lawmakers have created two licenses that operators can apply for:
- Class A license: 17 Class A licenses are given to six casinos, three professional sports teams, and other retail locations throughout the state.
- Class B license: 30 licenses will be given to additional retail locations such as gas stations, facilities with gaming kiosks, etc.
If an operator is able to attain both Class A and B licenses, they will be eligible to apply for an online wagering license in the Old Line State.
The legalization of sports betting in the Old Line State has been a lengthy process. Maryland had the longest go-live periods in U.S. sports betting history after legalizing during the 2020 election. Most states go live within 6-12 months, and at most 18 months because they need to draft regulations, approve books, etc.
Maryland's Legalization Timeline
We'll bet you care more about the sports of it all than the legal history, but here are some of the important events along the way:
Fanatics Sportsbook beta tests in Maryland. The new and exciting sportsbook has officially joined its fourth beta state in 2023, with Tennessee, Ohio and Massachusetts leading the way. [June 1]
Maryland mobile sports betting launches on Nov. 23. Seven sportsbooks (DraftKings, Caesars, FanDuel, BetMGM, Barstool, BetRivers, and PointsBet) go live in the state. [Maryland Online Sports Betting Is Officially Live — Everything You Need to Know, Nov. 23]
Maryland online sports betting will go live on Nov. 23. After a highly-anticipated wait, the Maryland Lottery has confirmed that online sports betting will be available in Maryland right before Thanksgiving. [Maryland Online Sports Betting Set to Launch on Nov. 23, Nov. 17]
State lawmakers confirm that SWARC will announce sportsbooks on November 16. The original Nov. 21 announcement date was changed because the state is hoping to launch mobile sports betting around Thanksgiving. [Maryland Online Sports Betting Expected to Launch this Month, Nov. 14]
GeoComply is granted a Tier One Contractor license by Maryland. As MD approaches their online sports betting launch, geolocation security is a necessity to provide secure and seamless sports betting in any location. [Nov. 1]
The MLGCC announce that 10 online sports betting operators are qualified to launch in the state. SWARC will officially award licenses on November 21 before the operators go through a trial period to ensure they are prepared to launch. [Oct. 31]
Maryland regulators announced that Maryland is on pace to start online sports betting before the end of 2022. The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission will let online sportsbooks start taking bets once they’re licensed, instead of making them wait to launch together. [Maryland Sports Betting Apps on Pace to Launch by November or December, Sept. 22]
The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission is set to study market-inclusion opportunities for minority- and female-owned businesses.This new commission was formed due to a referendum in the November 2020 sports betting ballot with hopes of addressing inclusion and then moving onto the rules and applications process, which could take up to half a year or longer. [Action Network, April 27]
Maryland advances mobile sports betting rules. The state has begun to clear the path for online sports betting after advancing several mobile betting rules. [Path opening to online sports betting, Dec. 16]
Retail sports betting goes live. BetMGM, FanDuel and Caesars launch retail sportsbooks in Maryland, meaning sports bettors can place in-person wagers for the first time. [First legal sports bets placed, Dec. 9]
Sports Wagering Application Review Commission announces initial sports betting locations. MGM, Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover and Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin were approved by the SWARC to begin taking wagers. [5 casinos approved, Nov. 18]
Licensing opening begins at earliest late September. Licensing opening will begin sometime after the public comment window closes on Sept. 27, so we’re not looking at legal Maryland sports betting happening until the 2021 NFL season is well underway. [Public Comments]
Regulators announce opening of 30-day public comment period. This is a public comment period for the final sports betting rules that have been approved by the legislators. This commenting period closes Sept. 27. [Launch date TBD, Aug. 27]
Regulators advance regulations. Regulators advanced hundreds of pages of key sports book regulations without opposition. [On Track for Fall Launch, July 15]
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed the state’s betting law.The bill passed as an “emergency” which allows it to take effect immediately. Regulators still need to approve rules and regulations and then license each sports book. [Signed Into Law, May 18]
Maryland House of Delegates Approves.The final measure was approved in the House with 122 members voting yes and 16 voting no. This comes hours after the Senate approved it unanimously. This bill will permit as many as 60 online operators and 30 retail sports books between casinos, professional sports stadiums, and scores of other organizations. [Bill Passes, April 12]
Maryland Sports Betting Approved by Voters. The ballot measure amended the constitution to permit sports betting. Maryland lawmakers still need to agree and vote on regulations and draft up the details. [MD Voters Approve, Nov. 3]
Gov. Larry Hogan doesn’t veto or sign SB 4, which automatically pushes it ahead to the ballot. [TrackBill, May 8]
Maryland State Senate votes to approve SB 4. Just days after the House votes to approve, the Maryland State Senate gives approval as well. This means it goes to the desk of Gov. Larry Hogan to sign or veto. [TrackBill, March 18]
Maryland House of Representatives votes to approve SB 4. The Maryland Constitution requires that laws expanding commercial wagering be submitted to a referendum at a general election. The House approves. [TrackBill, March 17]
Maryland Sports Betting Tips
Sports Betting for MD Beginners
Sports Betting Glossary
Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology — from parlays, spreads, money lines, and so much more. It can be intimidating for newer betting sports fans when trying to place their bets on the Baltimore Ravens or the Washington Commanders, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions of all the main terms.
Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid
You won't think twice about betting on your favorite teams like the Ravens or Wizards. It's universally recommended to bet strategically and responsibly when deciding to place wagers on your favorite state teams.
Here are some betting mistakes to avoid.
How Maryland Compares: The MD Sports Betting Report Card
There could be as many as 60 online sportsbooks in Maryland in the coming years, giving bettors more options than virtually any other state. All major operators are expected to enter the market, and MD’s wide-open approach means many smaller or local brands could open as well.
Depositing should be a breeze, just like in every other state that borders the Old Line State — all of which already accept legal bets.
The sheer number of potential books will have to keep operators’ pricing top-notch, and could even incentivize some books to try different approaches that could be to the customer's benefit.
The massive array of legal books means operators will have to fight for customers' dollars. Expect some of the nation’s most expansive sport and league offerings, including on college games.
Maryland Sports Teams & MD Sportsbook Partnerships
Latest Sports News in Maryland:
- The Orioles finished a series against the Cleveland Guardians tied 2-2. (9/25)
- The Baltimore Ravens lost 19:22 in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts. (9/25)
- The Washington Commanders suffered their first loss of the season, as the Buffalo Bills dominated with a 37-3 victory (9/25)
What to Keep an Eye on:
- The Orioles will play against Washinton Nationals and Boston Red Sox. Can they make it to 100 wins this season? (9/25)
- The Ravens will face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, October 1st. (9/25)
- The Washington Commanders will play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, October 1st on home turf. (9/25)
Licensing Info & Pro Sports Team Sportsbook Partnerships
The following 17 entities were allowed to apply in Maryland under a set-aside sports betting license category for retail sportsbooks at their respective facilities along with mobile betting apps:
- Horseshoe Casino Baltimore (owned by Caesars)
- Hollywood Casino Perryville (owned by Penn National)
- Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland (partnered with FanDuel)
- MGM National Harbor (owned by MGM, operator of BetMGM)
- Ocean Downs Casino (owned by Churchill Downs, operator of TwinSpires)
- Rocky Gap Casino (owned by Golden Entertainment)
- FedEx Field (Washington Commanders)
- M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)
- Bingo World (Brooklyn)
- Greenmount Station (Hampstead)
- Jockey Bar and Grill (Boonsboro)
- Maryland State Fairgrounds (Timonium)
- Rod-N-Reel (Chesapeake Beach)
- Long Shots (Frederick)
- Riverboat on the Potomac (Colonial Beach, Virginia — partnered with PointsBet)
- Jimmy's Famous Seafood (Baltimore)
Stronach Group, owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico horse tracks, is also allowed to apply for a sports betting license.
Pro Teams in Maryland
NFL Betting in Maryland
Most Marylanders would probably list the Ravens atop their list of supported teams, given 1.) the NFL's overall popularity edge, and 2.) the fact that the Ravens are competitive on seemingly a yearly basis.
They play their home games at M&T Bank Stadium, in Baltimore, and compete in the AFC North Division. Among the Raven greats, you'll find Johnny Unitas (a 10-time Pro-Bowler and 4-time MVP), Ray Lewis (a 13-time Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl XXXV MVP) and Ed Reed (a 9-time Pro-Bowler), each of which is considered among the best all-time at their respective positions.
For NFL games and futures betting, check the current odds below.
NFL Game Odds: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming NFL game: Updated September 30, 2023 - Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change
Over 42.5 (-105)
Under 42.5 (-115)
BetMGM Futures Odds
Below is a selection of odds for the NFL 2023-24 World Series Champion: Updated September 30, 2023 - Odds Provided by BetMGM- Subject to Change
|Team||NFL 2023-24 Champion|
Washington's NFL team changed its name to the Washington Commanders last year after they were known as the Washington Football Team for a couple of seasons. The Burgundy and Gold play their home games at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
MLB Betting in Maryland
The Baltimore Orioles began play in the American League in 1901 as one of eight charter franchises, though they weren't the Baltimore Orioles at the time. They started as the Milwaukee Brewers, and later became the St. Louis Browns for a time before being purchased in 1953, renamed, and relocated to Baltimore.
The Orioles play their home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Among the Orioles best players: Frank Robinson (1966 triple-crown winner), Brooks Robinson (considered one of, if not the best, defensive 3Bs of all time) and Cal Ripken Jr. (MLB record holder for consecutive games played).
If you want in on the baseball action, here are a few resources to help you bet with skill in MD:
- How to Bet on Baseball Guide
- Bet with MLB Sharps and check out our MLB Picks
- Go with or against the crowd using our Public Betting insights
College Sports Teams
College Football Betting in Maryland
Maryland Terrapins Football
Maryland is relatively new to the Big Ten football scene, but the Terps have been making their way toward true relevancy in recent years. The team currently plays its games on campus at Maryland Stadium. Opened in 1950, the stadium has been upgraded to seat over 50,000 fans as of its most recent renovation. It's also the home to Maryland's lacrosse team.
Navy Midshipmen Football
The Navy Midshipmen football team represents the U.S. Naval Academy in the American Athletic Conference (which it joined in 2015). And while most of the familiarity with Navy's football program comes from its yearly matchup with Army, the Midshipmen have had some notably strong seasons in recent years as well.
We've got a few recommended resources to help you bet with insight on college football:
- College Football Betting Tips for Profitability
- College Football Betting Tips on Fading the Public
- Check out our expert team with College Football Picks and real-time College Football Odds
College Basketball Betting in Maryland
Maryland Terrapins Men's Basketball
Like its football team, Maryland's basketball squad made the transition from the ACC to the Big Ten in 2014, and the Terps have been pretty competitive in their new setting.
The Terps play their home games at the XFINITY Center in College Park.
Navy Midshipmen Men's Basketball
It's been some time since Navy was truly relevant in the college basketball scene, but the tides might finally be turning as the Midshipmen are starting to more regularly compete for their first Patriot League title.
Navy plays its home games at Alumni Hall, located on the United State Naval Academy campus in Annapolis.
We've got a few recommended resources to help you bet on college basketball:
The second jewel of the triple crown, The Preakness Stakes is a thoroughbred horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. It's traditionally held on the third Saturday in May — two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes. The 9.5-furlong race has been running since 1873, making for a total of 145 races.
It has been dubbed the "Race for the Black-eyed Susans" thanks to the blanket constructed of flowers assembled to look like a Black-eyed Susan (MD's state flower) that gets placed on the winning horse.
MGM National Harbor
MGM National Harbor is a casino minutes from Washington D.C., on the banks of the Potomac River.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is the second largest casino in Maryland.
Live! Casino & Hotel
Live! Casino & Hotel is close to Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
There are seven online sportsbooks available now for Maryland bettors.
We'll keep you informed on the latest news on sportsbook operators who will enter the MD market after their launch on last November.
Maryland online sports betting is live as of Nov. 23, 2022. Marylanders can place online sports bets on eight sportsbooks.
Sports betting is legal online and in-person at nearly a dozen casino and racetrack sportsbooks.
College wagering is legal and is available for online and in-person bettors in Maryland.
Sports wagering taxes must be primarily put toward funding public education. More specifically, revenue will be allocated to Maryland's Blueprint for Maryland's Future Fund.
The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency regulates and oversees gambling in the Old Line State. Once lawmakers overcome the longest (by wait time) online sports betting launch in history, bettors will no longer have to place their bets at retail locations.
The Old Line State is currently taxing residents and nonresidents differently, which is not as common. Here are the current rates for bettors and sports operators:
- Residents are taxed 8.75%
- Nonresidents are taxed at a 7% rate.
- Retail sports betting locations (and online sportsbooks when legalized) are taxed 15%. Smaller locations that have acquired secondary licenses are taxed at a slightly lower rate of 13%.
You should not use these sports betting sites because they are illegal operators. Bettors must know that their money is not secure and regulated on these sites by a legal entity. MyBookie and Bovada are common examples of illegal offshore sports betting sites.
Learn more about the available sportsbooks and promo codes in Maryland:
BetMGM Promo Code | Caesars Promo Code | FanDuel Promo Code | Barstool Promo Code | PointsBet Promo Code | Betfred Promo Code | betPARX Promo Code | BetRivers | DraftKings | Fanatics Sportsbook Promo Code
Do you or someone you know have problems with gambling behavior? Help and Hope is available right now, it’s free, confidential and 24/7. Call 1-800-GAMBLER or text 1-800-426-2537.
- Must be 21 years or older
- Learn about Maryland's self-exclusion program