2021 has been a historic and memorable year in Maryland as the law was changed regarding sports betting in the region. Until May of this year, residents and visitors were prohibited from all forms of sports betting, either online or at land-based casinos. Big changes in the White House have begun to reach Maryland, and the winds of change are blowing through the area.
Legislators lived up to their promise when passing a bill to legalise betting in accordance with the will of the people. Mayland now has something in common with the likes of New Jersey, Colorado, Nevada, Florida and Indiana in that gambling is allowed within state lines. No more long treks to Las Vegas to satisfy that betting itch.
Gambling can now be done on the NFL, NHL, NBA and more famous sports competitions using a desktop computer or smartphone app through a legal and licensed bookmaker. Following their success across the border in Canada, the likes of bet365 and other superstars of the gambling industry will soon roll into town.
In preparation for the big reveal and the commencement of legal sports betting, just in time for the new NFL season, we list three things you should be doing today to ensure you are ready. Like anything in life, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right, and online gambling on your favourite sports and teams is no different.
Register an account
To bet online you must register an account with a bookmaker that is legal and licensed. There are many to choose from but it’s worth doing your research here before committing. The problem is all the leading sportsbooks promote themselves as being the best in the business, giving you the best treatment, most generous odds and the standout welcome bonus. They can’t all be the best, of course.
How do you know which are telling the truth and which are just hype? The only way to be sure is to research, compare and review a few different firms. There are many reliable online reviews of legal betting apps, and you should read these to ensure you are up to speed and have all the information you need before you commit to a choice.
When you have chosen your bookie, you should then register an account. You are free to browse the site or app without an account but to place a bet on sports or deposit funds you must be signed up. Here’s how to do that in the quickest and most secure method.
1, Visit the homepage of your chosen betting app
2. Click the register button at the top of the site
3. Fill in the form, providing all the details requested
4. Create a memorable but secure username and password
5. Make your first deposit with a debit card or e-wallet and bet
Claim your bonus
New customers creating an account by following the above steps become eligible for a welcome bonus. This is a promotion used to encourage bettors to choose one bookie over the competition, and the deals come in many different shapes and sizes.
The most popular welcome bonus is bet credits that are equal in value to your first deposit and bet. For example, if you sign up, deposit $50 and bet it on a football match, you’ll find $50 worth of bet credits in your online wallet. These can be used on the sports and markets of your choosing, but it’s crucial you read the terms and conditions.
Set your limits
When betting online, it’s important that you decide on your limits and don’t exceed this amount. All successful bettors go through good and bad patches but never go over their agreed limit and end up spending more than they had planned to on betting.
An excellent way to set a limit is to think about how much you can afford to lose every week or month on betting. That way, any profits are seen as a bonus and can be used as stakes for future bets or withdrawn to your bank account. Never chase your losses which means don’t place bets looking to win back what you have dropped to the bookies. Another crucial piece of advice is never to bet when feeling angry or frustrated.