Sports betting is officially underway in the Old Line State. Retail sportsbooks began accepting wagers on December 9, 2021, with online sports betting launching fully on November 23, 2022.

Maryland sports betting apps started launching on November 23, 2022, with a handful going live on November 21, 2022, for a soft launch. After a Maryland mobile sports betting update that sent all sportsbooks fully live, Marylanders can now start placing their first wagers on some of the best platforms in the industry.

Maryland sports betting apps have started going online with some of the best online sportsbooks like DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and Barstool Sportsbook, approved by the MLGCA and SWARC.

Home to six million people, Maryland is the last of the Mid-Atlantic states to legalize sports betting. With several major professional sports teams located in-state and many more within just a couple hours’ drive, the Old Line State will surely be an ultra-competitive sports betting market. Now that the MLB season is underway, you can sign up with some Maryland sportsbooks just in time to start betting on the Baltimore Orioles.

State of Maryland Sports Betting Overview

Betting Legalized: May 2021

Platforms: Retail and Online Betting

Online Betting Launch: November 23, 2022

Online Sportsbooks: BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, Barstool Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook

Age Requirement: 21+

Maryland sports betting launched at retail locations in December 2021. Online sports betting launched on November 23, 2022, with a limited number of sportsbooks, including BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook, having soft launches on November 21, 2022.

Ten sportsbooks received MLGCA approval on October 27, and SWARC met on November 16 to potentially start awarding licenses to the qualified operators. Maryland online sports betting apps will be allowed to roll out once SWARC officially awards online wagering licenses. Maryland mobile sports betting apps are legal and available as of November 23, 2022.

Though small, Maryland has strong fan support for its local sports teams and is well within driving distance of many other populous states, making it a great destination for sports gambling.

State of Maryland Sports Betting Timeline

Dec. 28, 2023 — DraftKings has stopped offering its Pick6 DFS game in Maryland while beginning to offer it in several new states.

Dec. 21, 2023 — Maryland’s lottery and gaming director, John Martin, said legal Maryland sports betting has exceeded growth expectations. Sports betting revenue hit a record high in November at $5.8 million.

Dec. 13, 2023 — Maryland sports betting handle hit $550.7 million in November, a new record for the state and a 14% increase from October.

Dec. 6, 2023 — Esports betting company is reportedly seeking a license to operate in Maryland.

Dec. 4, 2023 — Maryland state legislators will likely push for online casino legalization in 2024. The state legislative session begins on January 10.

Nov. 22, 2023 — A report for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency estimates that a legal online casino market in the state could generate as much as $1 billion in gross annual revenue.

Nov. 17, 2023 — Maryland sports betting handle rose to $483.1 million in October, a 9% increase from September. That total was the second-largest monthly handle since the state launched one year ago.

Nov. 15, 2023 — ESPN Bet launched in Maryland, replacing Barstool Sportsbook. ESPN is now live in 17 states.

December 14, 2022: The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) has awarded sports betting licenses to two more mobile applicants in Bally Bet and WynnBET.

December 12, 2022: Maryland reported $219,071,374 in total wagering volume through November. After only two weeks of betting, this massive handle created $704,728 in tax revenue for the state, with online wagering accounting for $186,084,496 of the monthly handle. $63.8 million of the bets came from promotional funds earned through new user registrations.

November 23, 2022: Maryland sports betting has fully launched. Some of the best sportsbooks in the country are now available for download, and Marylanders can take advantage of some huge promos using the exclusive links across this page.

November 21, 2022: A handful of online sportsbooks, including BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook, have all undertaken soft launches in Maryland, and their welcome offers are now available.

November 17, 2022: Maryland Lottery Director John A. Martin has confirmed that the Maryland online sports betting launch will commence on Wednesday, November 23.

November 14, 2022: The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) has moved their sports betting license approval meeting to November 16 instead of the originally planned November 21 date. That means Maryland online sports betting apps and sites will likely start launching by Thanksgiving.

October 25, 2022: Ten online sports betting operators are set to receive an MLGCA review on October 27. If approved by the MLGCA, these ten potential online sportsbooks will be heard by SWARC during a November 21 meeting, leading to an online launch on December 5 at the latest.

October 19, 2022: Online sports betting in Maryland is expected to launch after November 21. Following a Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) review, online sportsbooks in the state will launch in late November or early December.

October 5, 2022: Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin commented that Maryland online sports betting could launch in late November if SWARC approves licenses in early November. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission will announce qualified online sports betting applicants by October 27.

September 22, 2022: After a lengthy delay in the launch process, it appears as if Maryland online sports betting is just around the corner. SWARC has agreed to approve online sportsbooks on a rolling basis instead of a universal start date.