Maryland Online Gambling

The latest on Maryland online gambling, sports betting, lottery, and more.

Maryland online sports betting is heating up, with nine legal online sportsbooks to choose from, including big names such as DraftKings, Caesars, and BetMGM.

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LEGALIZATION DATE
May 18, 2021

MARKET LAUNCH DATE
Retail: December 9, 2021
Online: November 23, 2022

AUTHORIZED OPERATORS
A1 and A2 licenses: Commercial casinos, racetracks, sports arenas

B1 and B2 licenses: State Fairgrounds, OTB’s, commercial bingo facilities permitted to operate at least 200 electronic bingo machines or electronic tip jar machines, 30 other local businesses selected by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission

Mobile Sports Wagering license: Class A1 and A2 operators are eligible to receive a mobile license as well as other online operators. A maximum of 60 licenses are available.

RESTRICTED BET TYPES
None

AGE REQUIREMENT
Must be 21+

BETTING ACCOUNT REGISTRATION
Customers of online sportsbooks are not required to register or fund their accounts in person

TAX RATE
15% on sports betting revenue

TAX REVENUE ALLOCATION
Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund, a 10-year early childhood, and primary and secondary education funding and expansion plan.

LICENSE FEES
$2 Million for Class A-1 Sports Wagering Facility License–Retail wagering at casinos having more than 1,000 VLTs and the owner (or designee) of professional major league sports franchises or stadiums.

$1 Million for Class A-2 Sports Wagering Facility License–Retail wagering at casinos having 1,000 or fewer VLTs and horse racetracks.

$250,000 for Class-B-1 Sports Wagering Facility License–Retail wagering at businesses having 25 or more FTE employees or earning $3 million or more in annual gross receipts.

$50,000 for Class B-2 Sports Wagering Facility License-Retail at businesses having less than 25 FTE employees or earning less than $3 million in annual gross receipts.

$500,000 for Mobile Sports Wagering License

Renewal fee: One percent of the licensee’s average annual proceeds for the preceding 3-year period, less any proceeds remitted for taxes. Payable every five years.

OFFICIAL DATA MANDATE
None

INTEGRITY FEE
None

What are my online gambling options in Maryland?

Online sports betting has officially launched. Maryland residents can now use sportsbook apps, in addition to betting on horse racing and sweepstake-style online casinos.

Where can I physically gamble in Maryland?

There are currently six in-person casinos in Maryland, including five that have legal sportsbooks in them. Additionally, four of the state’s other bingo and off-track betting facilities and one NFL stadium also house retail sportsbooks, amounting to ten physical sportsbook locations throughout Maryland.

How old do I have to be to gamble in Maryland?

Like other states, you have to be 21 or older to gamble in Maryland.

Do I have to be from Maryland to gamble in the state?

No. You don’t need to be a resident of Maryland to bet in the state. You just need to be within state lines to legally place bets.

Who regulates gambling in Maryland?

The Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency regulates gambling in the state, including the new online sports betting industry.