Maryland gambling law currently provides for a number of regulated gambling markets, including traditional casino gaming. Early Maryland was built on gaming revenue. As in other colonies, Maryland needed to raise money quickly to build infrastructure, and raffles and lottery-style games, were part of Maryland’s early history.
Recently, an increased interest in revenue from commercial gaming has prevailed in Maryland with lotteries, casino games, legalization of slot and video poker machines, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and OTB race betting all becoming legal in the last 10 to 15 years.
In May 2020, the Maryland Sports Bill became law and the state went to referendum on November 3 2020 (Presidential Election Day) to check in with the state’s voters if they wish to proceed with legal sports wagering, and they have chosen to go ahead.