Maryland Sports Betting Recorded An Impressive August Handle

After a rough June and July for Maryland sports betting news, lawmakers and officials were hoping that a bounce-back month would be recorded. Luckily for everyone involved, that’s exactly what happened. Last week, the official numbers were dropped for the state, and Maryland sports betting recorded an impressive August handle. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as people were clearly fired up for the NFL season to get here.

While the regular season is where the majority of bets are being placed, people love the preseason. In Maryland, people love the Washington Commanders and they’ve been chomping at the bit to see what Sam Howell and Co. will be able to do in 2023. From a betting perspective, this is obviously huge too. While the season hasn’t quite gone according to plan thus far for the Commanders, the future is bright.

From a betting perspective, August was great because of the NFL preseason, but also because of the baseball campaign too. In Maryland, the Washington Nationals are a team that people follow closely, but the same could be said for all of the NL East teams out there. The Phillies aren’t too far away in Philadelphia and they’ve looked great in recent months. Could a return trip to the World Series be on the way for them?

With so much great success for teams in Washington and in surrounding areas, it only makes sense that August was a bounce-back month for sports betting. June and July indeed were quite disappointing, but things have been restored. Per a report, Maryland’s handle for August was $263.7 million. That’s amazing news and things are only going to get better for Maryland moving forward.

September should also be a fantastic sports betting month for Maryland

It goes without saying, but September should also be a fantastic sports betting month for Maryland. We mentioned this already above, but this is the time of the calendar year when NFL betting is going to be through the roof. Commanders fans are excited to see the next few games, which includes this weekend’s showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. This is a massive NFC East game and Washington is hoping to post an upset. It will be on Howell to try and get this offense moving the right way.

Unfortunately in Week 3, Washington couldn’t do much of anything on offense, suffering a 37-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are a serious threat this year and they proved they belong in the Super Bowl conversation with the way they looked this past Sunday. Josh Allen has strong NFL betting odds to win MVP this year and he’ll surely have to be at his best to help this team go on a deep postseason run.

As for Washington, they’re 2-1 on the year and ready to try and stun a lot of people in Week 4. Things are going to be tough for them, as the Eagles are the reigning NFC champions and they’re hoping to get back to the Super Bowl this season too. Jalen Hurts is without question one of the best quarterbacks in the game and he has reminded people of how amazing he is with the ball in his hands.

This is all good news from a sports betting standpoint. You can fully expect countless bets to be placed on the Commanders this weekend when facing Philly. It’s going to be a tough game for them to win, but you never know what might happen on any given Sunday. If the Commanders somehow get the job done, then people will cash in big. However, if they lose, then it will result in a big payday for the local sportsbooks.

Online sports betting continues to be great for Maryland

Another major positive for the state has been that online sports betting continues to be great for Maryland. There are some states in the USA that have legal betting, but lack online options. The same can’t be said for Maryland, as sports fans continue to take advantage of the laws. There are few things better for fans than to be able to check betting odds on their phone and then place wagers on a mobile option.

Take Delaware for example. The state has been trying to legalize online wagers for a while now, but they haven’t been able to get the job done. In Delaware, there are only three authorized locations where people can place their in-person sports wagers. That’s not ideal for people, as they don’t like that they have to get in their car and visit only a handful of places for sports bets.

Online betting has been made easier than ever, as you can do so from your laptop, phone, tablet and more in Maryland. With the NFL season here too, we have a feeling that online wagers for this football season are going to be through the roof. This will only lead to even higher betting handles in the future. That’s great across the board for Maryland.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis Jr. comes from Mississippi where he and his family spend their days discussing college football, baseball and basketball. He's written sports journalism for years after studying journalism at a local university. Over time, Peter has cultivated extensive knowledge covering sports betting legislation across the country. He closely tracks the latest regulatory developments and provides key insights into their impacts. Peter also offers sharp MLB betting analysis, leveraging stats and trends to identify value on matchups.