Maryland could very well be added to the list of states that started taking bets in 2020. Just before the Maryland legislature went on break early because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Maryland House and the Maryland Senate came together on Senate Bill 4, which would leave it up to the public to decide on sports betting in the November General Election once the governor signs it.
“Do you favor the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland to authorize sports and event betting for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education?”
It is a relatively simple question that means so much. If voters are able to pass this resolution, it would mean legal sports betting at the state’s six casinos, at its racetracks, including Pimlico Race Course, the site of the Preakness Stakes, and Laurel Park, and would also pave the way for mobile and online betting.
Maryland could join Illinois, Montana, Michigan among the states that started up betting in 2020, with Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. also likely to start during the calendar year. Maryland shares a border with Delaware, which has had sports betting for a while now, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, which have been in the sports betting game since 2018, and isn’t that far from Philadelphia and New Jersey, which are areas inundated with betting.
It was only a matter of time before Maryland got on board. Furthermore, the bill in Maryland allows for betting on college sports held in the state and involving the colleges located in the state, which is different than what we see in New Jersey.
How Do I Bet on Sports in Maryland?
If the measure passes the general election vote on Tuesday November 3, you will be able to start betting on sports in Maryland sometime in 2021, unless information comes out that makes SB4 very likely to pass. Then we could see bets taken late in 2020.
In any event, the bill would allow for betting at the six casinos and also the state’s racetracks. You would be able to bet at retail sportsbooks at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Ocean Downs in Berlin, Live! Casino Hotel in Hanover, and the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone.
Betting areas would also be placed in the state’s racetracks, most notably Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.
The wording in the bill also allows for mobile and online wagering, so as long as you are in the state of Maryland, you will be able to bet on sports. Each operator will have its own app. Up to two licenses are available for each property, which means that we could end up with a lot of different operators.
Because each of the casinos is owned by somebody different, we should have six different operators based on that alone, but also have the opportunity for the online-only operators to also set up shot.
BetMGM would obviously be tied in with MGM National Harbor. The Horseshoe Casino is a Caesars property. Hollywood Casino belongs to Penn National. Ocean Downs is owned by Churchill Downs, Inc. Live! Casino Hotel is owned by a company that has locations around the country and Rocky Gap Casino Resort is owned by Golden Entertainment, which has partnered with William Hill for some of its other properties.
We are likely to see BetMGM, Caesars, BetAmerica, William Hill, DraftKings, and FanDuel at a minimum, but it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see other operators like PointsBet, theScore, or Fox Bet based on some of the other partnerships and agreements around the country.
For now, sports betting remains illegal in Maryland, but you can easily make the drive up into Pennsylvania, where mobile betting is legal. New Jersey is not that far of a drive and mobile betting is still available there. You can also go west to West Virginia or east to Delaware for various forms of legalized sports betting.
Hopefully after November 3, it will easy for Marylanders to get their bets in!
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