DC Lottery sports betting is off to a slow start. Gambet DC sportsbook platform made around $237,000 in the period from May 3 to August 3. Players placed a total of $1.2 million in bets at the same time.
It is a small amount for a city with 700,000 residents. DC Lottery didn’t confirm the figures reported by WTOP, a radio station based in Washington, DC. The good news is that residents have more options when it comes to betting on sports.
William Hill opened a sportsbook at the Capital One Arena on July 31. It is the first retail sportsbook in a professional sports facility in the US. More sports betting options will be available in DC soon. According to the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, it allows private operators to accept wagers at licensed locations, including restaurants, bars, and sports arenas.
DC Lottery Sports Betting
DC United and Washington Nationals can operate sportsbooks in the city. Also, nearby states can offer sports wagering soon. Maryland will put the legalization of sportsbooks to vote in November. Also, Virginia legalized sports wagering. However, it is still working with the regulations, according to SportsbookPayPerHead.com.
Based on pay per head reports, DC legalized sports betting in December 2018. However, lawsuits and controversy postponed its launch. Lawmakers planned its start before the 2019 NFL season. However, the date came, but there was no way on how to be a bookie in DC.
When the lottery finally announced the date of the launch, the coronavirus pandemic happened. The lottery launched its GambetDC site in May and the mobile app in June. However, the betting platform received many criticisms for its bad odds. Thus, many players avoided placing their wagers through GambetDC. Intralot operates the sportsbook for the lottery.
The company faced criticisms for its odds in the past. The most recent incident was in Montana when the sportsbook firm posted similar odds as the one in DC. The state lottery also operates the Montana sportsbook.