As we near the conclusion of 2022, all eyes are on two states that are about to launch legal sports betting markets: Maryland and Ohio. While we already know that Ohio sports betting will be available at midnight on New Year’s Day 2023, Maryland doesn’t have a clear date yet. Still, that hasn’t stopped the state from making the right steps towards a full launch this year.
It’s just been announced that ten different sports betting operators have completed applications for sports betting in the state of Maryland. Let’s take a deeper look at the upcoming launch of Maryland sports betting, including which sports betting sites have submitted applications, which ones will likely apply, and when the state will roll out legal sports wagering.
First 10 Maryland Sports Betting Applications Are In!
Some of the initial online sportsbooks looking to launch in the state aren’t too surprising, with top operators like BetMGM Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and Caesars Sportsbook eyeing the market. Same goes for competitors like the Rush Street Interactive platform BetRivers Sportsbook, the Penn Entertainment platform Barstool Sportsbook, the Befred Group platform Betfred Sports, and the PointsBet Holdings Limited platform PointsBet Sportsbook.
However, there are some interesting sportsbooks that have submitted applications, such as the growing betPARX Sportsbook and the yet-to-be-released Fanatics Sportsbook. With 10 different mobile sportsbooks already eyeing the Old Line State, sports bettors in the area can expect plenty of available options at launch.
Maryland regulators Thursday are set to advance the first 10 online sportsbooks in the state:
First online sports betting options set to launch by year's end
— Ryan Butler (@ButlerBets) October 25, 2022
What Other Sports Betting Apps Will Expand Into Maryland?
While we know about some of the first teams to apply for sports betting licenses in the state, it’s highly unlikely that those will be the only operators eyeing the state’s betting market. Two interesting mobile sportsbooks not listed for Maryland applications are FOX Bet Sportsbook and WynnBET Sportsbook, both popular platforms from Flutter and Wynn Resorts respectively. Another online sports betting site that’s been growing in popularity is SI Sportsbook, which is currently only available in three states. International sportsbooks might take a deeper look at the Maryland sports betting market as well, such as Betway Sportsbook and Bet365 Sportsbook.
And those are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential Maryland sportsbooks, as Bally Bet Sportsbook, MaximBet Sportsbook, SuperBook Sportsbook, Unibet Sportsbook, Tipico Sportsbook, and BetJack Sportsbook will likely consider submitting an application. Two platforms you shouldn’t expect to make the move into Maryland are Fubo Sportsbook and TwinSpires Sportsbook, both of which have ceased sports betting operations going forward.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 24, 2022
When Will Maryland Sports Betting Launch?
But most importantly, sports fans in the state of Maryland want to know when these mobile sportsbooks will be available. It’s currently expected that Maryland sports betting will be fully available before the end of 2022. While no official date has been given, all signs point to a rollout before New Year’s, meaning Maryland will beat Ohio to the punch.
In the meantime, anyone of legal betting age in the state can place bets at retail sportsbooks at casinos such as Hollywood Casino, Horseshoe Casino, Live! Casino & Hotel, and Bingo World.