Sports betting launched in Virginia in January 2021. But with no professional football teams located within the state, Virginia bettors do have the option of betting on the Baltimore Ravens during regular and postseason play.
The Ravens have become a fixture in the playoffs under head coach John Harbaugh, and fans in the state can now place wagers on one of the premier professional teams in the region.
Before sports betting launched officially, Ravens fans had to travel to West Virginia or Washington, DC to use a mobile app. Either that or go to a casino or retail sportsbook location like the Capital One Arena in DC. But with mobile betting now live, that is no longer necessary.
Sports betting at retail locations or casinos will not go live until 2022 (according to projections).
Which Sports Betting Apps Can Virginia Bettors Use To Bet On The Ravens
When online betting launched in Virginia, sports fans had a good selection of mobile sportsbooks at their disposal. The law allows for four to 12 online sportsbooks to operate in Virginia (not counting casinos or professional sports venues).
The state received 25 applications. FanDuel became the first to launch in January 2021, but since then they have been joined by BetRivers, Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, DraftKings, WynnBet, Unibet, and Barstool.
Bally Bets, bet365, and Golden Nugget have been approved for a license in Virginia but have yet to launch as of fall 2021.
It can be challenging to figure out which one you should use with so many to choose from. Why should you choose one over another?
There is no straightforward, easy answer to that question. But when you are choosing an app, there are certain things you will want to keep in mind. Ease of use, reliability, security, features, and overall user experience are factors to consider when making a choice.
Most of the approved companies have been in the industry for a while. So, chances are good they have the kinks worked out of their apps. While no app is perfect, they also have good reputations.
Most, if not all, offer the same NFL bets you can get online.
When it comes to deciding between apps, it may very well come down to who offers the best promotions and incentives.
See our full Guide To Virginia Sports Betting Apps.
How Virginia Residents Can Bet On The Ravens
Prior to the legalization of sports betting in Virginia, fans had to travel to West Virginia or Washington DC to place a bet on the Baltimore Ravens. Maryland passed legislation to legalize sports betting in November 2020. Online and mobile sports betting launched in January 2021.
Bettors need to be located within the Virginia border to use sports betting apps based in Virginia. Apps for some of the major sportsbooks (i.e. DraftKings, BetMGM, FanDuel) are available.
For now, Virginia bettors can only bet online or via mobile apps. With no casinos in-state, retail sports betting will not be able to launch until construction is complete on brick-and-mortar locations (est. Spring 2022).
Betting On The Super Bowl In Virginia
Since sports betting apps have launched in Virginia, a good number of mobile apps are available for bettors looking to place a bet on the Super Bowl from within the state.
The Super Bowl odds will not vary much from one site to the next. The variations will likely be dependent on how much money the book is taking on certain bets. To minimize their own risk, they will adjust the odds to make the other side of the bet more enticing.
Much like when choosing a sportsbook at the beginning of the season, bonus and promotional offers should factor into choosing one for the Super Bowl. With an estimated $6 billion bet on the Super Bowl each year, sportsbooks do what they can to encourage you to open an account with them.
Many sites offer to match a percentage of your deposit up to a certain amount. For existing customers, some refer to it as a ‘reloading bonus.’ Some increase that percentage if you use bitcoin to make your deposit.
Some sites only offer bonuses to new players, so be sure and read the fine print. But many offer them to new and existing players. It is not uncommon to see sites offering free bets of various values as well.
In 2019, DraftKings had multiple offers on the table for the Super Bowl. Fans that made in-play bets could earn up to $50 in free bets (i.e., a $25 bet earned you a $5 free bet). Every $10 bet on a Super Bowl prop got users an entry for a $200,000 drawing. For every $50 bet on props, users received a $10 free bet.
How To Understand NFL Betting Odds
It helps to look at a betting line to explain how betting odds work for an NFL game. This was the closing line for Super Bowl LV:
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+3 (-110)||+138||O 56 (-110)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||-3 (-110)||-157||U 56 (-110)|
The ‘+’ sign in front of the point spread indicates a team is an underdog; the ‘–’ sign indicates a team is the favorite. Anyone that bet the moneyline on the Buccaneers would have needed to bet $100 to win $138. But had they bet against the spread, they would have needed to bet $110 to win $100.
Had the Chiefs won, it would have taken a $157 bet on their moneyline to win $100.
How To Calculate NFL Odds And Why Do They Change
Oddsmakers use things like advanced mathematics, computer algorithms, and to an extent, their own experience to calculate the odds for a game. But once oddsmakers set the opening odds, the odds will fluctuate depending on new information that may surface and how the public is betting.
If a star player is injured and expected to miss the game, the odds may shift in favor of the other team. If a sportsbook thinks too much money is coming in on one side, they will shorten the odds to make it a less enticing bet.
Consequently, they will raise the odds of the other side to make it a more enticing bet. That way, no matter what the outcome of a game is, the house always wins.
Betting On The Baltimore Ravens – Types Of Bets
There are several ways in which fans can bet on the Baltimore Ravens. The most common would have to be on games via the betting line.
A betting line consists of three main components:
- Point spread: The number will be either negative (for the favorite) or positive (for the underdog)
- Moneyline: If you just want to take the winner, you will want to bet the moneyline. Like the spread, it will be either negative or positive.
- Total (over/under): This number is what the sportsbook projects the total score between both teams will be at the end of the game. Fans can bet on whether the final score will be more or less than that number.
This is the betting line for the 2021 Wild Card game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans:
|Baltimore Ravens||-3 (-118)||-175||O 54.5 (-114)|
|Tennessee Titans||+3 (-103)||+150||U 54.5 (-107)|
Betting lines and games are not the only way fans can bet on the Ravens. There are also futures and prop bets.
NFL Futures Bets
A futures bet is a wager a fan can place on an outcome in the future like who will win the AFC or the Super Bowl and who will win the regular-season MVP.
The odds may vary from when you place your bet until you collect (if you win). But if you win, you will get paid according to what the odds were when you placed your wager.
NFL Prop Bets
Also known as proposition bets, these are bets placed on whether something does or does not happen in reference to a game while not directly impacting a game’s outcome.
Some common ones for the Super Bowl include the duration of the National Anthem, the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach, the coin flip, the MVP, and various player-performance marks, to name a few.
Sportsbooks will often try to get creative with some of their prop bets. For example, for Super Bowl LIV, one book offered the following prop bet:
- Will Any Scoring Drive Take Less Time Than It Takes Demi Lovato To Sing The Anthem?
- Yes: -220
- No: +155
The correct answer was ‘yes.’
Betting On The Baltimore Ravens FAQs
Yes, Virginians can legally bet on the Baltimore Ravens. Legislation making it legal was passed in 2020, and online and mobile sports betting launched in January 2021. Casino and retail sports betting will not go live until 2022.
Fans like to bet on the better teams in the NFL, and since naming Lamar Jackson the starting quarterback, the Ravens have been one of the best. After seeing the Ravens go 14-2 during the 2019 season, fans quickly got behind them to win Super Bowl LV.
According to a USA Today article in March, the Ravens ranked third in total money bet on them to win Super Bowl LV. Heading into the 2020 season, they ranked second in percentage of bets to win the AFC Championship.
But in late December, they were not among the top five by the percentage of bets.
After a solid 2020 season, a good draft, and some key free agent acquisitions, fans will likely get behind the Ravens to win Super Bowl LVI.
The closest sportsbook to the home of the Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, is the Capital One Arena Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill in nearby Washington, DC (roughly 40 miles away). It is the first retail sportsbook to operate inside a professional sports venue.
There are no physical locations where fans can bet on the Super Bowl in Virginia. Since online and mobile betting launched in 2021, fans can bet on the Big Game with whatever sportsbooks are legally licensed to operate in the state.
Yes, DraftKings is legal in Virginia. It was one of the first online/mobile sportsbooks to launch doing so on January 24, 2021.
Yes, FanDuel is legal in Virginia. It was the first sportsbook to launch doing so on January 21, 2021.