DraftKings Comes Out Swinging in Maryland With Help of Cal Ripken Jr.

DraftKings Comes Out Swinging in Maryland With Help of Cal Ripken Jr.
By Bill Ordine
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

DraftKings was among the seven Maryland sports betting apps that got off the starting gate today when the state launched online sports betting at 9 a.m.

Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr., a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors at DraftKings, used Twitter to announce DraftKings’ entry into the Maryland online market.

With the online sports betting launch underway, BetMaryland.com is the place to be for Maryland sportsbook promo codes.

Seven Sites Available on Opening Day

DraftKings was one of seven Maryland online sports betting sites that launched Wednesday morning.

Wednesday’s launch came almost 18 months after the state’s sports betting bill was passed.

“We’re excited to reach this milepost and have mobile wagering available to everyone with Thanksgiving Day football games coming up tomorrow,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin. “But at the same time, this is only a milepost. There are additional mobile sports wagering entities in the pipeline, and our work is ongoing as we guide them across the finish line.”

Operator Opens in Maryland With Ravens Deal

DraftKings Maryland promotions were hot and heavy when the operator opened for business Wednesday.

DraftKings is offering new users in the state $200 in free bets when they place their first wager of $5 or more.

The company was also allowing customers to double their money on a wager of $50 or less if the Baltimore Ravens score a point in their game Sunday at Jacksonville.

And to get fans ready for Thursday's Thanksgiving football slate, DraftKings is giving bettors a free bet up to $10 if their first qualifying NFL wager of the week loses.

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A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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