Voters strongly passed Question 2 with a Yes vote to allow legal sports betting in the state of Maryland. Now we wait to see how long it takes to get everything set up. The timeline for most states seems to be around a year, but with several border states and Washington D.C. already taking bets, the process could be expedited a little bit.
An expedited process should give Maryland legal sports betting by the 2021 NFL season. That would be considered a big win for the state. Maryland, like so many other states, wound up with budget shortfalls from the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the global health crisis, the state was simply losing too much money to people betting on sports in Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey. Virginia also launched sports betting in early 2021.
That means that Maryland is surrounded and that will speed up the process to be sure. In the meantime, Marylanders will keep doing what they’ve been doing and place their bets from their mobile devices in bordering states that allow sports betting.
Question 2 only paved the way for the sports betting discussions to be had by lawmakers and legislators in terms of who will run it, how it will be made available to the general public, and the other stipulations, rules, and regulations that go into such a massive undertaking. That is what will take so much time. It stands to reason that Maryland would approve online and mobile wagering because all of the neighboring states have it, but you never know.
It is legal now in Maryland, but bets cannot be made just yet. That will come later in 2021.
For right now, you cannot bet on sports in Maryland. However, what you can do is take a drive or a train or a walk if you live close enough to Washington D.C., West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Virginia to place your bets.
Keep checking back at ATS.io for updates on how progress is going in Maryland and for the updated timelines on when you don’t have to leave home to bet on sports.
Frankly, Delaware is not the best place for betting on sports. There is no mobile or online wagering. You can bet football parlays through the lottery or bet at Delaware Park, Dover Downs, or Harrington Raceway. Unless it is absolutely, positively the most convenient place for you, the other states are better options.
While Maryland and New Jersey do not directly share a border, the I-95 corridor is such a popular route for so many people and you can take that either into Pennsylvania or branch off and head into New Jersey.
New Jersey is the East Coast capital of sports betting and may very well be the capital of sports betting in the United States in the minds of most people. It is a completely open state, not just for betting on sports, but also for online casinos. You can certainly get your full fill of gambling options if you are visiting friends or family or are just heading to New Jersey for business or pleasure.
We’ll hit on the sportsbook options across all of these states, as most of them are pretty similar, but New Jersey does have the most extensive list of options and there is undoubtedly something for everyone in New Jersey.
Pennsylvania is a really state for sports betting with two major cities in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Sports betting spans the entire state from Erie to Philadelphia with multiple retail sportsbooks and all of the online and mobile betting options.
Maryland shares a very long land border with Pennsylvania and it is a Remote Registration state, which means that you can sign up from anywhere and then make a deposit and place bets once you are physically located inside the state borders. That makes it the most accessible state for Marylanders until they are able to launch their own thing later in 2021.
Virginia sports betting launched early in 2021 with a handful of different operators in a fully online and mobile state. Virginia voters did pass a ballot measure to approve the construction of retail casinos in various cities throughout the state, but sports betting is all online and mobile until those are completed. Mobile and online betting will stick around even after the brick-and-mortar gaming facilities.
Washington D.C. has an Intralot app through the state lottery, but William Hill has a sportsbook at Capital One Arena and Nationals Park will have a BetMGM Sportsbook starting with the 2021 season. Maryland area sports fans that root for the Capitals, Wizards, or Nationals or those that simply find themselves at a game or event will be able to bet on-site.
West Virginia is another Remote Registration state like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia that allows bettors to sign up from anywhere and then bet on sports when located in the legal jurisdiction they signed up for. While most of the population in Maryland is closer to Pennsylvania, West Virginia is still an option for those that want to go that route.
It stands to reason that some of the following operators will begin taking bets in Maryland once everything gets approved for sports betting in the state. For now, these are some of the top-rated sportsbooks that you can sign up with in places like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
BetMGM Sportsbook is in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, so this is an option afforded to residents in all parts of Maryland. The self-proclaimed King of Sportsbooks has a large reputation to live up to, but manages to do it well with fair odds and a great user experience.
You can get up to $500 in value with a Deposit Bonus at BetMGM. Some states offer a Deposit Match Bonus and others a Risk-Free Bet.
BetRivers Sportsbook is in Indiana and Pennsylvania and operates in New Jersey under BetRivers NJ the PlaySugarHouse name. This is another top-rated sportsbook that offers a really clean and crisp look and a lot of betting options across a variety of sports betting markets. If you can’t find odds on it at BetRivers, that line probably doesn’t exist.
You can get a 100% Deposit Match Bonus up to $250 from BetRivers.
Name a state with legal sports betting and DraftKings is probably there. DraftKings is in the four major states near Maryland with a presence in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. This is a sportsbook that stands on its own merits in so many different ways, which is why it is one of the most popular places to bet in the United States. An extensive collection of props and futures are a great feature for a sportsbook that has everything you could want.
You can get up to $1000 in value with a DraftKings Welcome Bonus featuring a Risk-Free Bet and a Deposit Match Bonus.
FanDuel Sportsbook is another one that checks all of the major boxes and is in just about all of the major states. FanDuel is the leader in United States sports betting in terms of handle and popularity and doesn’t seem to be willing to cede that title anytime soon. The background in DFS became a gateway for sports betting and the extremely clean look and great live betting interface, plus the ability to parlay all kinds of props and futures, has FanDuel at the top of the list for a lot of bettors.
You can get up to a $500 Risk-Free Bet from FanDuel.
PointsBet is not in every state, but is a game-changer in every state that they operate in. You can join up with PointsBet in New Jersey. The rest of PointsBet’s presence is in the Midwest/Great Lakes region and then out in Colorado, with the US headquarters in Denver. While PointsBet is only available in New Jersey as far as Marylanders go, we could see them start up in MD in due time.
You can get a 100% Deposit Match Bonus up to $250 at PointsBet.
William Hill US started in 2012, but the William Hill brand began back in 1934 in London, England. William Hill operates in most of the states with legal sports betting in the US, including a few that only offer retail wagering. Washington D.C. is among the areas in which William Hill is legal. They are also in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. This is one of the world’s most reputable sports betting companies and they’ve been doing it for a long time.
You can get up to a $500 Risk-Free Bet, or in some cases a Deposit Match Bonus depending on the state, with William Hill.
We’ll continue to update the progress in Maryland, which will now take place in the state legislature because voters overwhelmingly voted in support of legal sports betting in the November 2020 election. In all likelihood, Maryland will be good to go by the 2021 NFL season, but a quickened timeline is very possible being surrounded by states with legal sports betting already in place.