We’ve got great news for fans of sportsbooks in Maryland, as the first legal sportsbooks have gone live from November 23rd – meaning they’re all available in time for Thanksgiving. If you’re over the age of 21 and are a resident of Maryland, you can sign up to a sportsbook in the state or even visit a retail betting outlet right now.
We can confirm that 10 operators have confirmed going live on that date and can already join TheGruelingTruth’s list of sports betting sites in Maryland. This is as a result of Gov. Larry Hogan signing HB 940 into law back on May 18th, 2021. The gap between legalisation and launch is due to time needed for licensing and approval.
The newly launched roster of legal sportsbooks in Maryland includes BetMGM, Caesars, BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, BetRivers, Barstool, Betfred, Fanatics, and BetPARX. This means that even at this early stage, Maryland sports fans can enjoy some of the best US sports betting sites. You can also enjoy mobile betting apps, as betting on the go has also been approved as part of the new licenses.
One thing you won’t have to wait for are US sportsbook betting offers, with promotions also being made available. Many are very generous towards newcomers, as the new operators do everything they can to attract you above already fierce competition.
Furthermore, you can rest assured that the quality offered to Maryland users, despite the recent launch, does not appear to be at a lower standard than what’s found in states with longer established legalised gambling. In other words, not only can you gamble in Maryland, but can do so with the expected sky-high standards equivalent to any other state.
Considering Maryland is so new to legalised betting, many of its citizens will have no experience signing up to a betting site before. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. To make clear just how simple this process can be, here’s a guide to all the things you need to do to bet online in Maryland:
Before anything else, you need to decide which operator you’re going to choose. Our expert reviews and recommendations can certainly help with this, providing information on its quality alongside key details on what kind of players they’re best suited to.
Important areas to pay attention to are banking options, mobile compatibility, promotional offerings and sports betting markets.
Often, a sportsbook will ask for promotional codes during the signup process, so we’ll want to be sure we have our codes at the ready. We’ll provide information on codes right here, and they may also be available on the promotional terms offered by the bookmaker.
Speaking of terms, it’s really important you check out bonus terms and conditions before deciding if an offer is right for you. Got your codes? Time to register.
Step through the virtual doors of your chosen bookmaker and head over to the registration form. This should be well sign posted – often by a button in the top-right corner. From here, you’ll just have to fill in a simple registration form. This will typically ask you things like your name, address, email and password. You may also be asked to deposit at this time, although most allow you to do this later.
Finish the form, confirm its completion and that’s it. You’re officially signed up to a betting site in Maryland and can deposit and bet as you please.
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