Maryland Sports Betting

  • Maryland became the most recent state to prohibit college player prop betting.
  • All college player prop markets are off the books as of Friday, Mar. 1 per the request of Maryland Lottery and Gaming
  • Their intent is to protect athletes from harassment and keep wagering focus on teams, not players.

BALTIMORE – Maryland took action to protect their college athletes from harassment on Friday. They became the latest state to ban or limit betting on college player props, following Ohio’s player prop ban on Feb. 23.

The state regulations don’t impact Maryland sports betting on individual awards, such as the Heisman Trophy or the John R. Wooden Award. It bans betting on single-game performance wagers, such as a player’s points or assists total.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency cited athlete harassment protection and focus on team performance rather than individuals as their intentions for the prohibition. It’s possible that the NCAA reached out to Maryland and requested the ban, just as they did to Ohio only weeks ago.

Decision Came Shortly After Ohio Banned College Player Props

Maryland isn’t the only state protecting their athletes by prohibiting college player prop betting. There are now 26 legal sports betting states that limit or prohibit college player prop betting.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OHCC) recently approved a college player props ban per the request of the NCAA and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. OHCC Executive Director Matt Shuler said that the NCAA had good cause to protect their athletes and prohibit player prop bets on college athletes.

There are only four states (Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Wyoming) that allow betting on college player props, including in-state colleges. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see those states discuss college player prop wagering bans in the near future, especially with March Madness dates right around the corner.

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