Brick-and-mortar sports betting venues have been active in Maryland since December 2021, but today, area gamblers will gain access to mobile and online sportsbooks from seven major vendors.
Legal sports betting in Maryland now includes all available options (in-person, mobile, online, offshore), but the introduction of mobile sportsbooks, in particular, will exponentially improve revenue collections.
Here is the initial batch of domestic sportsbook apps that will be opening for business today in MD.
Mobile Sports Betting Apps In Maryland
- Barstool Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
These online and mobile outlets remove the need for local gamblers to travel to a retail sportsbook just to place a wager on their game or athlete of choice. That may not seem like a big deal to folks residing in Baltimore, but for sports bettors located in isolated regions of Maryland, these apps are a godsend.
MD’s mobile sports betting apps also allow 21 and older locals the ability to deposit funds and withdraw payouts remotely, alleviating the need to stick around at a retail venue to collect winnings after the match or game is over.
Land-Based Maryland Sportsbooks
- MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill (BetMGM)
- Live! Casino & Hotel, Arundel Hills (FanDuel)
- Horseshoe Casino, Baltimore (Caesars)
- Ocean Downs Casino, Berlin (TwinSpires)
- Hollywood Casino, Perryville (Barstool Sportsbook)
- Bingo World, Baltimore (BetRivers)
- Riverboat on the Potomac, Colonial Beach (PointsBet)
This latest development has the backing of MD Governor Larry Hogan. Original projections were hopeful for domestic betting apps to begin accepting wagers in time for the 2022 NFL and college football seasons, but it took an additional three months to iron out regulations and process applications.
“This process took longer than it should have, but we’re excited that this launch is in time for fans to place their bets on all the Thanksgiving Day NFL action, college football rivalry weekend, this week’s slate of NBA games, the 2022 World Cup and this Sunday’s Ravens and Commanders games…”
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
Mobile MD sportsbooks are debuting just in time to bet on the Thanksgiving NFL games, the FIFA World Cup, and the final regular season games for NCAA Football.
Maryland’s largest sports betting handle recorded in their initial 11 months of operation was $32,530,831, which was collected in January of 2022 during the NFL Playoffs.
MD has a population of 6.2 million people, which is just a few hundred thousand fewer than the state of Indiana, a region that already possesses mobile, online, and retail sportsbooks.
For comparison, Indiana collected $500,138,648 in January of 2022, which should give readers an idea of why lawmakers are so anxious to usher in online and mobile sports betting options.
While these domestic apps offer lines, odds, and futures on major sports occurring around the United States, they do not provide exotic prop bets, political betting, or entertainment odds for popular reality television shows, pro wrestling, celebrity romance, and other pop culture properties.
Offshore sportsbook sites and apps do allow for entertainment and election betting and also let their members place bets with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
There is a chance that domestic books in MD will one day begin accepting crypto, but for now, offshore sportsbooks are the only Bitcoin-friendly vendors in the region.
Source – WBALTV