Last year the Supreme Court overturned a law that placed a federal ban on sports betting. This ruling has given states the ability to legalize sports betting, both online and at retail locations.
Maryland is an interesting case because it requires voter approval, meaning lawmakers can't approve sports betting without it appearing on a ballot. There are multiple bills open in Maryland at the moment, none with any momentum.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Maryland?
No. Sports betting is currently not legal in Maryland. It likely won't appear on the ballot until 2020 or 2021 at the earliest. Until then, residents will have to remain patient.
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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in Maryland?
The latest bill isn't the most descriptive, but it does state that the State Lottery would be the agency required to conduct a sports betting operation. The bill does mention whether online betting, online gambling (slots), or online poker would be legalized.
The only other detail the bill gets into is the breakdown of the tax revenue. As currently written, 80% of the revenue would go to the Education Trust Fund, 10% to local impact grants, and 10% to the Problem Gambling Fund.
Maryland Online Gambling FAQ
Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to Maryland residents.
Are daily fantasy sports legal in Maryland?
Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Maryland?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Maryland. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Maryland as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does Maryland have an online lottery?
No, the Maryland Lottery does not offer online games.