BetRivers, Caesars Participate In Maryland Sports Betting Online Testing

Written By Derek Helling on November 21, 2022
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For a few hours on Monday people in the Old Line State will have access to a new entertainment form. Multiple online sportsbooks are participating in a soft launch period for legal Maryland sports betting on Monday.

Among those apps that will accept bets for a limited time are BetRivers and Caesars. Both of those sportsbooks have special offers for new users in Maryland as well.

Details of the online Maryland sports betting soft launch

Monday isn’t quite the day that Marylanders have been waiting for since they voted to legalize sports betting in their state over two years ago. It’s an important step toward making that day happen, though.

Regulators and online sportsbook operators are using an eight-hour window on Monday as a testing period for several licensed sports betting apps. They want to ensure the entire process is sound and complies with all the regulations.

Thus, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Nov. 21, BetRivers, Caesars and several other legal sportsbooks will actually accept bets on their apps. At 10 p.m. ET, that wagering will cease.

The apps will go back into a kind of “dark mode” at that time in which they can only be used for account registrations and deposits. That state will remain until they get regulatory approval for full, permanent launches in Maryland.

Those approvals could come as soon as Wednesday. At that time, Marylanders could take advantage of some benefits that BetRivers and Caesars are currently offering.

BetRivers, Caesars roll out welcome offers

Both BetRivers and Caesars are offering users new to their online sportsbooks a kind of “insurance” against losing their first real-money bets. The main difference is the amount of that “insurance” in the respective offers.

People in Maryland new to BetRivers can claim a guarantee against losing their first bet worth up to $500 right now. All they need do is get the app, complete the registration, and then make their first real-money deposit into their accounts.

The offer covers their first bet on the app, regardless of what it is. For bettors who win that first bet, you’ll get your payout as normal. If you should lose, however, BetRivers will issue you a “second chance bet” equal to the amount of your bet or $500, whichever is lesser.

Caesars’ offer works exactly the same way. However, the maximum amount of the “guarantee” is $1,500 instead of $500. Identically, you just need to sign up for your account, make your first deposit, then place an initial bet to take advantage of the offer.

FanDuel is also offering $200 in free bets to people who participate in Monday’s 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. testing window as well. In all these instances, while time is of the essence to take part in the testing period, being timely on the introductory offers isn’t so crucial.

What if I miss the testing window on Monday?

In that case, there’s bad news and good news for you. The bad news is that you’ll have to wait for these apps to get their final approvals before you can actually place bets on any of them.

As previously mentioned, however, that wait could be short. Most of the operators anticipate a full launch on Wednesday.

The good news is that you can still take advantage of these welcome bonuses regardless. Complete your registrations in the apps and make your deposits. Then, when the individual apps go live, you can complete the offers by placing your first bets.

You’ll get all the same benefits as those who took part in the soft launch period. If you want to get a taste of legal online sports betting in Maryland, though, Monday afternoon is your opportunity.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA. Helling focuses on breaking news, including legislation and litigation in the gaming industry. He enjoys reading hundreds of pages of a gambling bill or lawsuit for his audience. Helling completed his journalism degree at the University of Iowa.

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