Section 12-102 of the Maryland statute makes it illegal for any person to gamble in any manner that is not specifically authorized by the State of Maine:


§ 12-102. Betting, wagering, gambling, etc.

(a) Prohibited.- A person may not:

  • bet, wager, or gamble;
  • make or sell a book or pool on the result of a race, contest, or contingency;
  • establish, keep, rent, use, or occupy, or knowingly allow to be established, kept, rented, used, or occupied, all or a part of a building, vessel, or place, on land or water, within the State, for the purpose of: (i) betting, wagering, or gambling; or (ii) making, selling, or buying books or pools on the result of a race, contest, or contingency; or
  • receive, become the depository of, record, register, or forward, or propose, agree, or pretend to forward, money or any other thing or consideration of value, to be bet, wagered, or gambled on the result of a race, contest, or contingency.

(b) Penalty.- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment for not less than 6 months and not exceeding 1 year or a fine of not less than $200 and not exceeding $1,000 or both.


Therefore, it is clear that a person engaged as a player in an illegal form of gambling can face fines of $200-$1,000, imprisonment of six months to one year, or both. Of course, it would be greatly surprising if we were to find anyone actually charged because they gambled online.  


There have been arrests and raids with respect to illegal gambling activity such as this illegal poker game and slot house that was raided several years ago:


Even with that,as well as other illegal physical gambling location arrests, there is nothing that suggests that any mere player has ever been arrested in the State of Maryland for gambling online, despite the apparent theoretical penalty for doing so.  


With respect to Daily Fantasy Sports, those are currently considered legal in Maryland, as of the time of this writing, pursuant to an earlier law stating that fantasy sports, in general, are perfectly legal. However, there has been a call by the Attorney General to seek Legislative clarification on this matter, or alternatively, to figure out a means by which DFS can otherwise be regulated.  


Again, participating in online gambling as a player is technically illegal and carries with it theoretical penalties. Therefore, I am going to construe Maryland as being moderately restrictive.


FINAL RANKING: Moderate-12


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