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The legal sports betting market in Maryland has just added a sixth sportsbook to its growing collection, with Bingo World in Brooklyn Park now approved to take legal sports bets from Free State residents, yet another option in terms of odds, new customer freebies, and convenience.
Now MD bettors have a half dozen locations to place their sports bets in person, the only way they can wager legally there since the mobile option is still unavailable, a state that legalized sports betting in Dec. 2021 starting with BetMGM Sportsbook at MGM National Harbor.
Here are all the sportsbooks and their locations now in Maryland where resident bettors can show up and place their action:
The journey towards legalizing sports betting in Maryland began in 2018.
Like with all forty-nine other states and Washington D.C., Maryland is allowed to legalize, regulate, launch, and tax a sports betting market for its resident gamblers, who, up until now, would make their sports bets using unregulated offshore sportsbooks and illegal bookies.
Launching Maryland’s own sports betting market is a move that was made possible once the U.S. Supreme court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May 2018, but so far state lawmakers have only allowed the in person version of this activity.
The mobile sports betting option has proven to be far more lucrative than the retail version in all the other states where the two are available, so it is no wonder why Maryland lawmakers and regulators are working to get their own online option up and running soon.
As we have recently reported in Maryland’s SWARC Approves Mobile Sports Wagering Regulations and Applications, the state’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) is working to approve regulations and applications to speed up the mobile process.
Of course, that takes time and lawmakers want to get it right the first time, a process expected to last a bit longer.
Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency Director John Martin is hoping that his state’s mobile option can launch sometime this fall, a start date that would ensure bettors could participate in the upcoming NFL season which begins in September and ends in February 2023.
In the meantime, Maryland bettors will continue to show up in person at the six locations scattered across their state to place bets, although residents who live on the edges of the Old Line State might take a quick drive to a neighboring state where that activity is already mobile.
Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia all have legal online betting and Maryland gamblers are going to take advantage of that until their own state makes that change, as well, an ongoing process that we will keep covering by bringing you all the latest news and updates.
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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