DC Online Gambling is becoming more of a reality. After the passing of rules and regulations legalizing sports betting, things are starting to move in the Nation’s Capital.
DC Sports Betting
Sports betting is now legal in Washington. Bill 23-25 was passed in December 2018 and signed into law by the Mayor, Muriel Bowser, in early 2020. The Office of Lotter and Gaming was named to regulate the industry and will be responsible for accepting or rejecting applications for sports betting licenses in the district.
Contrary to other regions in the US where sports betting is legalized, there are currently no land-based casinos or sportsbooks in DC. This means that other types of venues can apply for licenses, such as arenas or bars and restaurants. It is unclear how many will be granted a license, but their services will only be accessible at the property or within a 2-block radius for online sports betting.
On the other hand, the DC Lottery has partnered with the provider Intralot to offer a mobile app that would be available within the borders of DC and would not require any physical presence at a venue with a license. The app was planning to launch later this year. However, there have been complications relating to a court case and it seems that sports betting in DC is on hold for now.