Sports Betting Numbers in MD Spike in September With Return of Football

Sports Betting Numbers in MD Spike in September With Return of Football
By Jim Tomlin
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The mobile Maryland sports betting market is getting ever closer to a launch, and September was further proof of what a good time of year it is for that to happen.

The retail sports betting numbers in the state rose dramatically last month compared to August, no doubt thanks to the return of football.

For now, five retail casinos take sports bets in Maryland, along with two other locations.

But online Maryland sports betting apps should be ready to go before the 2022 football season ends, giving the state a massive boost in wagering revenue as well as handle (or amount wagered).

Maryland September Wagering Breakdown

The September sports betting handle was $31,376,072 in the state, a 68.2% increase from $18,650,802 in the Maryland August revenue report.

Every facility taking retail sports wagers saw a big jump in handle. Live! Casino in Hanover led the way with $12.74 million in wagers accepted, according to Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

The other casinos with their sports betting handle were as follows: MGM National Harbor, $8.64 million; Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, $4.9 million; Hollywood Casino Perryville, $2.55 million; and Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin at $1.8 million.

Horseshoe Casino presented its case to the state for a mobile sports wagering license this month, touting its commitment to diversity in its leadership as laid out by state law.

Two other outlets started taking sports bets over the summer. BingoWorld had $708,612 in handle for September and Riverboat on the Potomac had $17,808.

The sports betting revenue, or taxable win, was $6,562,053, up 106.0% from August’s $3,185,601. The state tax derived from wagering on sports was up by the same percentage, rising from $477,840 in August to $984,308 last month.

Maryland Sports Betting, September vs. August

Total HandleRevenue State tax
September$31.376M$6.562M$0.984M
August$18.651M$3.186M$0.478M
Change Up 68.2% Up 106.0% Up 106.0%

Note: Maryland retail sports betting launched Dec. 9, 2021. January was the first full month. Mobile sports betting has not yet launched in Maryland.


Latest Sports Betting Developments

In an interview with BetMaryland.com, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency director John Martin talked about how eager he is for the state’s mobile sports betting to launch and that it could happen during this football season.

It’s a constant pattern that football draws the most wagering action in every state with a legal, regulated market, and Maryland is no different.

A launch during the first few weeks of December seems to be the most realistic scenario. In that instance, a state that’s fanatical about the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens will have a chance to wager on the last few weeks of Maryland NFL betting in the 2022 season.

Prospective sportsbook operators have until Oct. 21 to file their paperwork with the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) for operations. SWARC then has up to 45 days to go through the applications.

When sports betting launches in the state, check for the top Maryland sportsbook promo codes here at BetMaryland.com before placing your wagers.

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Jim Tomlin has nearly 30 years of experience in journalism, having worked at such publications as the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturdays Down South and Saturday Tradition. He is a contributing writer and editor for BetMaryland.com.

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