Gambet DC is the new platform run by the state lottery and powered by Intralot. For now, the soft launch is only web browser-based but the DC Lottery anticipates the launch of a mobile app by early June.
Brick-and-mortar sportsbooks are still waiting to get the green light to launch.
The DC City Council approved a single vendor, Intralot, to be the official provider of sports betting in the district.
But regardless, rules and regulations were released on June 14 and the Office of Lottery and Gaming began accepting applications for the two types of licenses permitted, Class A and Class B in 2019.
What will DC sports betting look like?
At its core, DC sports betting will follow a similar lottery-operated framework like neighboring Delaware.
The Office of Lottery and Gaming, formally, The District of Columbia Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board will be charged with regulating and administering the industry.
However, the industry will be unique compared to every other state that has legalized sports betting following the US Supreme Court decision in May 2018.
How so? All other states that passed sports betting bills have some form of casino presence available — the district does not.
The bill authorizes both land-based and online/mobile sports betting. Operators will be taxed at 10 percent on revenue and mobile operations will be powered by the lottery platform powered by Intralot.
Multiple licenses for Washington DC sports betting
Class A licenses will be the four major sporting arenas in the district:
- Capital One Arena
- Audi Field
- Nationals Park
- St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena
Each facility will have a two-block buffer zone with licenses costing $250,000 and last for five years.
William Hill has partnered with the company that owns Capital One Arean and when given the go-ahead, will open a sportsbook inside the area.
Class B licenses will include hotels, bars, and restaurants but will not include a two-block buffer zone. Each location must pay a $50,000 licensing fee, which is also good for five years.
The first Class B sportsbook, Handle 19 is anticipating a fall launch.
The first step in the process is going through the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). So far, three bars in DC have taken steps to allow sports betting once the lottery gives the green light.
- Duffy’s Irish Pub
- Wet Dog Tavern
- The Brig
Although bars, restaurants, and hotels can begin submitting applications, lottery officials have not said how many Class B licenses will be issued.