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    The State of Maryland offers a wide range of regulated gambling options for its residents in the land-based and lottery gaming segments. While online betting is not allowed, Sports betting is close to being legalised in this state.

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    Land Based Gambling
    Allowed in Casino, Poker, Bingo, Lottery, Horse Racing
    Online Gambling
    Prohibited
    Min Age
    18-21
    Number of Land Based Casinos
    5
    Number of Poker Rooms
    4
    Popular Land Based Casinos
    Rocky Gap Casino, Horseshoe Casino, Hollywood Casino, Maryland Live!, MGM National Harbor
    Pari-Mutuel
    No
    Smoking Ban
    Yes
    Estimated Tax Revenue from Gambling
    $900M
    Estimated Gambling Revenue
    $2.8B

    Land Based Gambling

    Casino
    Casino

    Regulated Since: 2008

    Gambling Age: 21

    Sports Betting
    Sports Betting
    Poker
    Poker

    Regulated Since: 2008

    Gambling Age: 21

    Bingo
    Bingo

    Regulated Since: 1952

    Gambling Age: 18

    Lottery
    Lottery

    Regulated Since: 1972

    Gambling Age: 18

    Horse Racing
    Horse Racing

    Regulated Since: 1870

    Gambling Age: 18

    Dog Racing
    Dog Racing

    Online Gambling

    Online Casino
    Online Casino
    Online Sports Betting
    Online Sports Betting
    Online Poker
    Online Poker
    Online Bingo
    Online Bingo
    eSports Betting
    eSports Betting
    DFS
    DFS

    Overview

    The State of Maryland offers a wide range of regulated gambling options for its residents in the land-based and lottery gaming segments. While online betting is not allowed, Sports betting is close to being legalised in this state.

    While Maryland may not be as progressive as states like Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware when it comes to its gambling industry, there are still many betting options available to residents of this state, including horserace betting, lottery play, charitable gambling with bingo and other like games, and traditional casino gambling. The state generates around $2,800,000,000 in revenues each year across the spectrum of gaming options, providing a tax income stream worth $900,000,000 for the state.

    Horseracing has a long history in Maryland, stemming back to the 18th Century, in the days of the Maryland Jockey Club. The sport and the betting thereon became legally regulated in 1870 and was answerable to the local authorities for oversight, however, since 1912 the state has been in control of gambling in this sphere.

    A state lottery was approved by voters in 1972 and the first lotto tickets were sold in May the following year. The lotto is regulated by the state which allows players the luxury of participating in interstate draws too. Scratch off cards have been around since 1976 and have become more popular than lottery tickets, today.

    Casino Gambling is a big industry in Maryland and is operated from 6 lawfully regulated casino sites. These include Rocky Gap Casino, Horseshoe Casino, Hollywood Casino, Maryland Live!, Ocean Downs, and MGM National Harbor. Here, gamblers can enjoy a fine mix of games, including slots, video lottery machine play, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, and poker, to name some.

    Casino Gambling is restricted to land-based operators, as online gambling is illegal in the state of Maryland unless you are betting on the horses. Fortunately, Daily Fantasy Sports can be played in the digital spheres and has specifically been legalised for residents to enjoy. Sports Betting is likely to be introduced to the gambling market by the end of 2020, as well.
    Not all gambling is done for commercial purposes in Maryland though. Charities are allowed to apply for gambling licenses to offer various low stakes games, like Bingo, to help increase their funds for the sake of their ‘works of mercy’.


    Regulation

    When it comes to gambling in the USA, the laws vary considerably from state to state. A summary of some of the important regulatory points in Maryland is shown below.

    • Taxes: Like with all states in the USA, gambling is a fine way to increase the state coffers. As such, taxes are received from operator revenues and players winnings. Casinos must pay between 40% and 67% in taxes on all VLT machines (slots, video lottery, etc) and 20% on revenues generated from table games. Players that win more than $5,000 in a year are liable for tax payments of around 25% to the Federal coffers and 8.75% to the state (7.5% if non-residents of Maryland).

    • Gambling Devices: While various forms of gambling are legalised, it is illegal to have gambling devices in your possession, even if they are being carried to be used outside the jurisdiction of Maryland.

    • Smoking: While some casinos in the USA allow smoking on their gaming floors, it is illegal to smoke in any business establishment in Maryland.

    • Horserace Betting: Pari-mutuel betting on horseracing is legal in Maryland and has been regulated since the 19th Century. In earlier days, six racetracks originally operated, but sadly, only two are in service today; these include Pimlico Racecourse and Laurel Park. Pimlico is the home of the ‘Peakness Race’, which is a Triple Crown race competition. Betting can be carried out at the racetrack or via online/app services by gamblers no younger than 18 years of age.

    • Lottery: The state lottery has been running since 1973 and allows gamblers aged 18 years and older to partake in weekly draws in both the local and some interstate lotto draws. Scratch off tickets can be purchased at convenience stores across the state, offering ‘scratchers’ instant wins for their money.

    • Casino Gambling: Only 6 casinos may operate in Maryland at any one time as per a state-wide referendum taken in 2008. Each supporting district may only have one licensed casino, each. At present, the six districts of Allegany County, Baltimore, Cecil County, Anne Arundel County, Worcester County, and Prince George County offer casino gambling to residents who are 21 years and older. These gamblers can enjoy a great mix of gaming entertainment, like slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, and other card games. Casino gambling falls under the watchful eye of the state lottery for regulatory purposes.

    • Charitable Gambling: Registered Non-Profit Organisations can apply to local government for gambling permits to host low stakes betting initiatives to help generate funds. The options include Bingo (no more than 54 tickets to any individual in a single session), raffles (no more than two per year), Paddlewheel, and Wheel of Fortune games. Participants in charitable gambling options, like Bingo, must be at least 18 years of age to legally play.


    Licensing

    Gambling is strictly monitored in Maryland, and as such, all legal operators must be licensed to offer this form of entertainment. The watchdog for both lottery and casino gaming (slots and tables) falls under the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA), which regulates gambling practised through the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC).

    The MLGCC is made up of a 7-member board, whose primary objective includes the validation of potential licensees. They will undertake all background checks on applicants, including full financial and criminal checks and vetting processes.

    Only six casinos may operate in-state at any one time. The licenses are awarded to operators through a competitive bidding process and remain valid for 15 years with the opportunity to renew for an additional 10-year period. Unfortunately, the licenses do not come cheaply. Licenses are charges at $3,000,000 for every 500VLTs on the casino floor.

    It is not only the casino operators that need to be licensed. All manufacturers and distributors of gambling products operating in the state must acquire permits. The licensing required for these companies includes:
    • Manufacturers license applications cost $10,000 with an initial license fee of $5,000. This license is valid for 5 years. License renewals cost $5,000.
    • Distributors and resellers of gambling equipment must apply for a license at a cost of $10,000, with an initial license fee of $1,000 upon approval. The license is valid for 5 years and can be renewed at a cost of $1,000.

    The regulator actively works towards keeping the gambling industry safe and crime-free. As such, it has implemented three primary regulations to ensure a fair and crime-free environment:
    1. Testing: All gaming equipment must be tested and approved by the MSLGCC before it can be used in Maryland. This way, the regulator can ensure that it provides random and fair gaming outcomes.
    2. Anti-Money Laundering Requirements: All commercial casinos, tribal gaming operators, and card clubs are required to comply with strict protocols geared towards the prevention of money laundering and other financial crimes. This is mandatory by US Federal Law.
    3. Shipping Laws: Written notice must be submitted to the MLGCC before a video lottery terminal (VLT) or table game equipment can be transported.



    Casinos and Gambling Facilities in Maryland Gambling?


    FAQ

    What types of gambling are available in Maryland?
    Residents can enjoy legal casino games at licensed casinos, horserace betting, lottery, scratch-off cards, bingo, and Daily Fantasy Sports. Sports betting is likely to follow soon.

    No, all forms of online gambling (excluding horse racing) is illegal in Maryland.

    Yes, but only registered Non-Profit Organisations with a valid gambling license may offer bingo, raffles, and the like.

    Yes, residents of Maryland can enjoy both in-state and interstate lottery draws and scratch-off cards for instant wins.

    Lottery, race betting, and bingo carry an 18 years age restriction, while you need to be 21 years or older to play casino games.

    Most forms of gambling in Maryland are regulated by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission, a subsidiary of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
    Yes, all gambling winnings over $5,000 are taxable up to 33,5%

    Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports were expressly legalised in 2012.

    Yes! Horseracing and the betting thereon are legal in Maryland. It's the only form of online gambling allowed, too.

    No, smoking indoors at businesses in Maryland is illegal.
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