Washington, D.C. quickly joined a number of U.S. states and territories by passing a new sports betting law in December of 2018. The District of Columbia Council approved legislation allowing its lottery to administer legal sports betting within the boundaries of the federal jurisdiction.
Of course, D.C. is not a state, only a city with odd boundaries and plenty of federal law to navigate. Not only that, the entire endeavor has been plagued by controversy, slowing the process even more.
That said, sports gambling is legal in our nation’s capital, although not quite up and running.
Statewide Brick and Mortar Sportsbooks
The language in the D.C. sports betting law does not allow for any actual “sportsbooks” as we see in other states. However, sports gamblers will be able to place in-person wagers at licensed sporting arenas, restaurants, bars, and gambling kiosks.
Available Betting Apps in Washington, D.C.
Online sports gambling is legal in Washington, D.C., although it is not yet available. The city council was hoping to have it up and running via the D.C Lottery in time for the 2019 NFL season, but that date has obviously passed.
Now, they are looking to launch in March of 2020 in time for the Madness of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
As for now, it looks as if the D.C. Lottery will be the only sports betting app in operation once it launches. That said, there are other platforms eager for the opportunity to set up shop in the capital and may very well be awarded licenses to do so.
Best Bonuses and Promotions
We are not expecting many bonuses or promotions in the Washington D.C. sports betting industry. Since the D.C. Lottery is running the show, the lack of competition between sportsbooks won’t bring many bonuses or promotions.
Sports Available for Betting
Industry-standard sports available for betting are expected in D.C., and there are also no restrictions on college sports. The sports should include:
- Football (NFL and NCAAF)
- Basketball (NBA, WNBA, NCAAM)
- Baseball (MLB and NCAA)
- Hockey (NHL)
- Soccer (MLS, Premier League, World Cup)
- Combat Sports (UFC and Boxing)
- Golf (PGA, LPGA)
- Auto Sports (F-1, NASCAR)
While funding the online sports betting app will be very similar to what we have already seen, in-person payment options in Washington D.C. will be somewhat different compared to other states. This is because there are no brick and mortar sportsbooks available.
In-person sports betting should be limited as kiosks will most often be used to place wagers in licensed facilities. Cash, credit/debit cards, and PayNearMe are the logical options.
Legal Betting Age
Adults over the age of 18 can legally wager on sports in Washington, D.C.