With an estimated population of 6million (2020 data), Maryland has really nice potential for sportsbooks hoping to capitalize on what is already being called the Betting Gold Rush. And now it can actually get to work on doing so.
Many States have rolled out sports betting legislation during the last two years and started to rack up millions of tax dollars in the process.
Maryland was expected to be one of the next at bat in 2021, with everything lined up perfectly for legalization. And, as expected, on Tuesday May 18 Governor Larry Hogan duly signed the online and retail sports betting bill into law. Legal delays have slowed the rollout down, but it is still hoped things will be open by the end of 2022, at least by Super Bowl LVII in February 2023.
The state has plenty of elite sport on its doorstep, boasts a strong fanbase and a healthy interest in sports betting. The NFL’s Baltimore Ravens are a big attraction, while the Washington Football Team for now plays its games in the state. In baseball the Baltimore Orioles are in MLB’s American League East.
In college sports, the University of Maryland Terrapins are a big thing, while Navy is also based in the state.
Is sports betting legal in Maryland?
Sports betting is now legal in the state of Maryland, as of Tuesday May 18, 2021 – but you cannot place a bet as yet.
The law ratified by Gov. Hogan allowed for both retail and online operators to get started, but like we said delays have so far stopped the rollout. It is hoped things will be complete by the end of 2022.
Maryland will license up to 60 online sportsbooks, making for one of the most competitive markets in the United States.
The legislation will also allow the state’s professional sports stadiums to open sportsbooks.
Legal sports betting near Maryland
While the wait to bet legally in Maryland is almost over, you can still satisfy your love of gambling on sports when you need to travel out of state. Here are your best options nearby:
Pennsylvania: Live since 2018 and expected to be one of the biggest hitters of all in terms of betting revenue. Offers in-person and mobile/online betting. The legal age is 21 or older.
Delaware: Another early adopter after the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018. But still doesn’t offer online and mobile. Just a small number of land-based casinos. The legal age is 21.
Virginia: Went live in early 2021 with online and mobile options. It is expected that land-based sportsbooks will follow in time. The legal age to bet in Virginia is 21.
West Virginia: Early to market with land-based sites, and does have a limited number of online and mobile options. You’ll need to be 21 or older to bet.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Maryland?
Offshore sportsbooks are not legal in the state of Maryland, despite what they might claim.
As of yet nobody is licensed to offer sports betting in-state. And even when the law does roll out, it won’t be to offshore operators.
There’s a dangerous lack of consumer protection if you do sign up with offshore books, so our advice is to avoid the temptation and stick to legal options inside the union. Heck, betting is now legal where you are, make the most of it.