Best Maryland sportsbooks for NFL betting
There are 13 available online Maryland sportsbooks for bettors to choose from, and all of them accept wagers on NFL markets. However, there are a few that have separated themselves from the rest of the pack for their football offerings.
Keeping in mind that the definition of the “best” is somewhat subjective and will differ from player to player, these are our picks for the best Maryland sportsbooks for NFL betting. We should also point out that each of these bookmakers also holds an official betting partnership with the NFL.
How to wager on the NFL online in Maryland
Maryland gamblers are able to place their online bets through a web browser or via a Maryland mobile betting app. Once you know which way you intend to play, you’ll be able to follow these steps to learn how to place your first wager on the NFL online in Maryland.
Reading NFL odds
Reading NFL odds may seem a bit confusing at first, but it’s much easier than you might think. Understanding the odds comes down to recognizing the “favorite” and the “underdog.”
The betting favorite will have a “-” symbol listed ahead of the odds number while the underdog will have a “+” symbol. In rare instances, both outcomes may have a “-” symbol in front; you’ll see this when the lines are extremely close. When that happens, the outcome with the larger number after the “-” is the favorite.
To calculate the winnings from a bet on each line, note that the odds are based around a $100 bet. If the favorite has odds of -150, you would need to bet $150 to win $100 (and receive a $250 payout). Conversely, if the underdog has odds of +150, a $100 wager would win $150 (and also payout $250).
You won’t have to bet $100 when you make your bets (unless you want to). Payouts will scale proportionally based on the size of your stake.
Types of wagers you can place on the NFL
There are near countless wagers you can place on the NFL, ranging in intricacy level and likelihood of a payout. Here are some of the most common and popular options you’ll find.
NFL live betting explained
Live betting on the NFL is one of the most exciting ways to make your wagers, as the odds are constantly moving. A costly interception or a timely touchdown can dramatically shift the odds, and in turn the payout, of a winning wager.
Bookmakers will adjust the odds after every single play for moneyline bets, spread bets, totals (over/unders), and props based on the in-game action. Successful live betting will require you to have a solid understanding of game flow and trends, quick instincts to recognize a favorable line, and the ability to make a gutsy call in anticipation of the next play.
For this reason, we only advise live betting when you’re able to actively watch the game. Box scores can provide ample information, but they can also be misleading and fail to tell the full story. Some bookmakers will also allow you to stream NFL games if you’ve placed an in-game wager.
Expert advice when betting on the NFL in Maryland
Before we go, we’ve asked our experts for their best advice when betting on the NFL in Maryland. Here’s what they told us.