How to Start Online Sports Betting in Maryland: A Simple 4 Step Guide

Online sports betting in Maryland is officially live!

After a brief “soft launch” period on Monday, online sportsbook in Maryland will be live permanently starting Wednesday, November 23 at 9:00 am ET.

This is great news for a state that has waited an exceptionally long time between legalizing online sports betting and actually being able to place bets.

So how do you start? Here’s a simple four-step guide.

How to bet in Maryland

Step 1: Choose a sportsbook

Seven major online sportsbooks will be live in Maryland on Wednesday, with three more to come in the near future and the potential for up to 60 operators in the state.

If you bet as little as $5 on FanDuel, you will definitely get $200. Let’s start there.

At some point you will want to have multiple sports betting accounts so you can look for the best lines, but for now let’s just use FanDuel, especially as it allows us to use Action Network’s exclusive QuickSlip to place our future bets instantly.

Step 2: Register

Create a new account on FanDuel by following the instructions. You may be required to provide proof of identity, such as a driver’s license and social security number, to confirm that you are of legal age, and therefore you cannot create multiple accounts with false names.

You may already have an account with FanDuel if you’ve played DFS before. If yes, sign in.

Pro tip: If you are in DC or another nearby state and are trying to register in Maryland, use all of your real information. Don’t use a friend’s address or an old address. It is perfectly legal to register to wager in Maryland while within the state lines, even if you do not live there.

Step 3: Deposit money online, not in person

Maryland has made it easy for sports bettors by allowing online logins and registrations. Some states require you to register in person before betting online.

You can deposit at FanDuel as follows:

  • Credit card
  • bank account
  • PayPal
  • Bank Transfer
  • And more…

This is what the deposit screen will look like at FanDuel.

Fanuel deposit screen sports betting in Virginia

With legal sports betting, you pay upfront by depositing a certain amount of money (which you choose) which acts as your bankroll (or available funds to bet on). If you’ve bet abroad before, you’ll be happy to know that it’s easy to use a credit card or bank account to deposit funds.

Cashing out is easy too – FanDuel will transfer money straight to your bank account at any time in this example. We’ve seen withdrawals take less than 24 hours in some cases. If you’ve bet offshore, that’s a welcome change.

Step 4: Place your first bet

We are at an excellent time on the sports betting calendar. The World Cup is on, college football’s Rivalry Week is upon us, the NFL is in full swing (Go Ravens!), college basketball is in the air, and both the NBA and NHL are right in the middle of theirs regular season to name a few.

This means you have a number of options when it comes to betting. Why not use a Ravens bet as an example?

Once you are at FanDuel sportsbook, either on desktop or through the mobile app, to bet we just have to click on a line that you like and it will be highlighted.

Once highlighted, the bet will be populated on your betslip where you can choose how much to wager from your Available Balance that you previously deposited. This bet slip is located on the right side of your screen on desktop and in the middle of the bottom menu on your phone.

So start betting on sports in Maryland with FanDuel’s offer of $200 no matter what as long as you bet $5. And if you don’t know what it all means, check out our sports betting guide for beginners.

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