Maryland Sports Betting
In March 2018, a sports betting bill overwhelmingly passed the state House by a vote of 124-14, but there was no action on the bill in the Senate, effectively ending any hope of the state legalizing sports wagering in 2018.
In April 2019, Maryland lawmakers followed through on a three-year promise to update laws against illegal gambling and passed a new bill that would fine those charged with illegal gambling rather than having them face possible jail time. Fines for players will be capped at anywhere from $500 to $1,000. Bookmakers will see their fines capped at $5,000.
In April 2021, Maryland lawmakers passed a sweeping sports betting bill that will permit as many as 60 online operators and 30 retail sportsbooks between casinos, professional sports stadiums, small businesses and scores of other entities and organizations. Gov. Larry Hogan was expected to sign it into law and it was anticipated that sports betting would launch in the state before the start of the 2021 football season in September.
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