Pari-Mutuel Betting 1920
State Casinos 2010
Fantasy Sports 2017
Charity Gaming/Lottery/Fantasy Sports/Pari-Mutuel Betting 18+
Casino-Style Games 21+
State Casinos 6
Maryland counts itself among the friendliest gambling states. Slot machines moved up the Potomac River by riverboat and spread throughout Charles County, Maryland, from 1910-1968, bringing regional prosperity. However, this contrasted with what was happening in other communities seeking to quash it. The prosperity was not meant to last, as Governor Millard Tawes outlawed machines from the state in 1968.
Local government represents much of Maryland’s government, and gambling decisions must be decided by a referendum that allows counties to determine their fate.
Today, fantasy sports, pari-mutuel betting, charity gaming, and a state lottery are all legal. Commercial casinos are permitted in 6 counties. However, the state does not have any casinos or bingo halls run by Tribal Casinos. The State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency oversees lotteries, casinos, and video lottery terminals (slot machines).
The Maryland Lottery offers several products, including scratch-offs, daily draws, and jackpot games. Maryland players can purchase tickets from over 4,400 authorized retailers, including gas stations, convenience stores, bars, grocery stores, bowling alleys, and restaurants. Winnings above $5,000 are subject to an 8.95% resident state tax. Maryland can boast of being one of the states to help found the Mega Millions multistate lottery, available throughout most of the United States.
A non-profit organization does not require a Maryland state license. However, the organization may need to have a permit to operate a charity within its county. Qualifying organizations may include civic, bazaar, religious, war veterans, volunteer fire company or bona fide fraternal, civic, charitable corporation, or more. Charitable organizations are tax-exempt and may offer games such as bingo, raffles, carnivals, or others. The granularity of laws depends on the county.
Horse racing and betting has seen declining interest like in other states since the 1970s with the rise of casinos, lotteries, and even racinos in neighboring states, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware. Maryland allows harness and thoroughbred racing. Live, inter-track, and satellite simulcast pari-mutuel betting is permitted as well as online and mobile pari-mutuel betting. Pari-mutuel betting is licensed and regulated by the Maryland Racing Commission. Authorized racetracks offer slots, table games, and video poker.
Maryland explicitly allows fantasy sports betting since 2012 – one of the first states to do so! Daily fantasy sports operators are not required to register or pay a registration fee. However, they are not permitted to use data on amateur/college sporting events. New players are subject to a deposit limit of $1,000. Players can increase this amount, but they must request to do so every month and demonstrate that they have the financial means.
Maryland currently has 6 state-owned casinos but no tribal casinos. Here, players can find various slots and table games: blackjack, roulette, baccarat, mini & midi baccarat, sic bo, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, racebook, and more. There are no tribal casinos in Maryland.
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Maryland was considered one of the states at the forefront of racing. A pari-mutuel horse racing machine was first introduced to the Pimlico Race track in 1873. The Maryland Racing Commission was created in 1920 and responsible for licensing and regulating races.
Maryland citizens approved a constitutional amendment in 1972 to allow a state-run lottery, which was up and running in January 1973.
Slot machines were legalized in November 2008 after an amendment to the constitution. It authorized the states to issue no more than five video lottery licenses to raise money for education in Baltimore City and four counties: Cecil, Worcester, Anne Arundel, and Allegany. It also authorized up to 15,000 slot machines at five locations across the state, making it the 38th state to permit casino-style gambling slots. The first casino opened its doors in 2010. Two years later, live table games were also legalized.
In February 2012, Senator Douglas J Peters introduced legislation that would legalize an additional casino in Prince George’s County. Furthermore, several slot machines and table games would be legalized in the other two casinos. It failed to pass. Not discouraged, Governor O’Malley managed to pass a bill to expand gambling through the legislature subject to a November 2012 referendum, which was subsequently approved.
Daily fantasy sports was clarified by Maryland in 2012 as a game of skill that exempts it from gambling laws. However, fantasy sports regulations were not introduced until January 2017.
On November 30, 2000, the Sports Betting Expansion Measure was approved by referendum with 67% support at a general election. A few months later, on March 11, 2021, the Maryland House approved college and professional sports betting online at the state’s three 3 professional-team stadiums, horseracing tracks (Pimlico, Laurel Park, and Tomonium state fairgrounds), and 6 casinos. Furthermore, it approved 22 sites where people can place bets in person.
The Bill goes before the Senate and, if it goes through, will take effect on June 1, 2021. Sports betting giants like DraftKings have already expressed an interest in serving the Maryland market.
Yes, fantasy sports contests are legal in Maryland since 2012. However, regulations were not introduced until January 2017.
Yes, inter-track, live, and simulcast pari-mutuel betting on horse races is legal in Maryland. Punters from Maryland can also use online or mobile apps to place wagers.
Yes, daily draws, scratch-offs, and jackpot games are available in Maryland and can be purchased from over 4,400 authorized retailers.
On November 30, 2020, sports betting was approved by referendum in an election and by the Maryland House. It is awaiting a Senate vote. Should it pass, sports betting is expected to go live on June 1, 2021.
No, at the present time, online gambling is not legal in Maryland.