Sports betting is a popular activity that is already legal in many US states. In 2021, residents of Maryland will most likely see the offering of brick-and-mortar betting venues as well as the legalization of online sports betting in Maryland.
With six casinos and three racetracks, there will be many options available. The state will grant 9 licenses for online operators. In addition to being able to enjoy Maryland online sports betting, the sites that launch will also offer mobile betting options.
Maryland Sports Betting
Maryland may soon be the next US state to legalize sports betting. It will join the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Delaware, and West Virginia. Early in 2020, lawmakers held hearings on the legal aspects of sports betting. The owner of the Redskins supported a bill that would allow betting at team facilities.
The Senate passed the legislation unanimously, but just one week later, it was shot down by the House, with inclusion concerns.
The bill may have had passed if sessions were not cut short early in the year. The bill would allow legal betting at six casinos in Maryland. These are three operating racetracks, and a practice stadium for the Redskins.
Later in 2020, voters in the state allowed legal betting in the November 3rd election. That will allow for betting at land venues and provide opportunities for Maryland online sports betting.
The bill that was passed by the Senate allowed up to 9 sites to operate and offer online wagering. The revenue earned from sports wagering will be used to raise funds for education in the state.
Those who are looking forward to legal Maryland online sports betting, must remember that individuals will have to be of the age of 21. Additionally, they will have to be within the borders of the state when placing real money bets.
In 2021, the state will most likely begin rolling out betting services at the six casino locations. The expected sportsbooks to become available will be at state casinos.
Penn National has already announced it will be operating the Barstool Sportsbook in 2021 to offer online sports betting in Maryland. This will leave 8 licenses available. Operators will have to partner with land-based venues.
Below is a list of casinos and the online operator that will possibly partner with these venues to offer Maryland online sports betting:
- Maryland Live! Casino and FanDuel
- MGM National Harbor with online sportsbook BetMGM
- Horseshoe Casio Baltimore partnering with Caesars
- Hollywood Casino Perryville with Barstool Sports
- Ocean Downs and BetAmerica
- Rocky Gap Casio Resort partnering with PointsBet
There will also be three racetrack options. Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, and Timonium at Maryland State Fairgrounds. It is anticipated that DraftKings will partner with Maryland State Fairgrounds and Pimlico will partner with FOX Bet.