DraftKings, a daily fantasy and sports betting platform, announced its working on the final phase of launching an online product in Maryland state. During the soft-launch period on Monday, bettors in Maryland could place their first bets.

DraftKings sportsbook testing

To verify its compliance with Maryland’s state regulations, DraftKings will accept online bets for a couple of hours as a testing period. If the process goes well, the sportsbook will have an attractive offer for new users. 

The testing was scheduled to start at 2 pm Eastern Time Zone to check the work on DraftKings’s sports betting app in Maryland. That means all bettors who met the gambling requirements in the state could place bets for a limited amount of time.

The trial period was closed at 10 pm Eastern Time Zone the same day. At that time, DraftKings had a chance to scale its sportsbook app yesterday, allowing all eligible bettors in Maryland to register on the platform and make their first deposits. 

However, state regulators had to approve their registration on DraftKings first and put the whole process in the checking phase. At the end of the soft launch, DraftKings suspended all betting activity until it received clearance according to Maryland sports betting regulations. People in Maryland have a short period to take advantage of the welcome offer for all Draftkings’s newcomers.

Special sports betting offer 

To stand out from its competitors, DraftKings attracts Maryland players with a generous sportsbook welcome bonus of up to $200 once they finish the launch in the state. This is expected to be done on Wednesday as everything goes well will the testing results. The players are only required to download the DraftKings application for Android or iOS and make an account with a minimum deposit. So, when the sportsbook goes live, the Marylanders can wager a minimum of $5 in real money.   

Once the $200 free bets as a welcome bonus have been credited to the player’s account, they can use it for future wagers on DraftKings. On the sportsbook app, those free bets can be used as real money for betting on different fantasy or real sports matches.