Which Sports Betting Apps Are Likely to Launch in Maryland First?

A general view of two Maryland footballs on the field during the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

A general view of two Maryland footballs on the field during the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.


After the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) meets on November 16 for a final review that commissioners are calling to “dot the I’s and cross the T’s,” Maryland sports betting apps will become a reality shortly thereafter in the Old Line State.

Ten applicants have already been tentatively approved to begin online betting operations, something that could potentially happen as early as Thanksgiving, well in time for the start of the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl on Feb. 12, as well as many of the premier college football bowl games to be played. Those 10 applicants are:

  • Barstool Sportsbook
  • bet fred
  • BetMGM
  • betPARX
  • BetRivers
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • DraftKings
  • Fanatics Sportsbook
  • FanDuel
  • PointsBet

Unlike other states such as Kansas, which opened online sports betting to approved applicants all at one time on Sept. 1, Maryland has chosen to phase in the 10 online apps. But it remains unclear how the phasing in will take place (will likely be decided at the Nov. 21 meeting).

And, by doing the phased-in approach, will Maryland in theory be giving the early start-ups an unfair advantage over those that will have to wait for however how long they will have to be patient (a fact that remains unclear)? Anticipating the launch, some are already offering Maryland sportsbook promo codes – including BetMGM.

How Maryland Sports Betting Apps Will Launch

Several of the 10 online apps are already offering promotions for new customers in Maryland so they’ll be ready to bet as soon as the respective app goes on-line.

Here’s what we anticipate will be among the first four sites to begin operations – their likely debut between Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Dec. 3. They are all offering an early sign-up bonus as well.

  • BetMGM Maryland, which is offer $200 in free bets for early sign-up with bonus code MCBET.
  • Caesars Maryland, which is offering a $100 free bet with a $20 deposit for early sign-up using promo code MCBET1H
  • DraftKings Maryland, which is offering $200 in free bets (eight $25 free bets) plus a chance to win one of five $100K free bets for early signup.
  • FanDuel Maryland, which is offering $100 in free bets.

Barstool, Fanatics, BetRivers and PointsBet (which has announced $200 in free bets along with $500 in second-chance bets for early sign-up), will also be in the mix to launch in the coming days or weeks, as well as BetFRed and betPARX.

Why Maryland Betting Apps Launching Now Is Important

Even though they’ve had to endure several months of delays, all sites should be happy they will all take in wagers during the busiest time on the sports betting calendar: mid-to-late December through early-to-mid January for the NCAA college football bowl games, late December into late January for the NFL playoffs and, of course, the big daddy of them all, Super Bowl 57 on February 12.

And slightly further out is the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, from mid-March to early April.

Responsible Gambling

Always gamble responsibly. All licensed and legal operators in the United States have resources available to bettors, including educational guides on how to spot problem gaming, links to support services and tools to self-exclude for a set period of time. Support is available at the National Council on Problem Gaming, 1-800-GAMBLER and American Addiction Centers. Be sure to only wager on gambling sites that are licensed and regulated by the gaming regulatory body in your state. That ensures games are fair, bets are honored, customers’ funds are secure and that there are legal protections for the consumer.

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Veteran sports writer Jerry Bonkowski has worked as a staff writer for a number of the largest publications/online sites, including 15 years with USA Today, four years each for ESPN.com and Yahoo Sports, as well as nearly eight years with NBCSports.com . While his major beat in recent years has been motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA, he’s also made his mark in other sports including covering all six of the Chicago Bulls championships, Tiger Woods’ PGA debut, the 1985 Chicago Bears run to the Super Bowl and more. Follow him on Twitter @JerryBonkowski

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