With legal sports betting sweeping the United States, our nation’s capital is primed to finally roll out the Washington DC sports betting outlets that local residents have been waiting for since 2018. So what lies ahead for the quickly changing and much negotiated Washington DC sports betting landscape? We’ll explain what’s taken so long for DC sportsbook apps to finally be available to the public as well as how best to take advantage if you’re there.
1) Is DC sports betting legal?
After local councilmen and councilwomen passed a bill that approved DC sports betting, it took a while for the bill to become law. But with a lot of logistical hurdles and interested parties who wanted their say as well as some concerns about the process that resulted in hearings, DC’s council finally approved a $215 million contract with Greek company Intralot to serve as the sole-source, no-bid contracted company heading up DC sports betting. Intralot already operates the DC Lottery and will now extend their reach with an expedited goal of launching their DC sports betting offerings in 2019 in order to beat Maryland and Virginia to the punch.
2) Is DC sports betting also legal online?
Yes! A big part of why Intralot was approved as the primary operator was their existing technology that would allow them to bring mobile DC sports betting to the public in a quicker turnaround time than some of the other options available. Given some of the thorniness of the roll-out process as well as no casinos in the area, it’s likely that many bettors in the Washington DC area will turn to online betting via DC sportsbook apps and websites before they place a bet in person.
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4) What Sportsbooks and Online Sports Betting Apps are available in Washington DC?
Intralot’s goal to provide mobile DC sports betting will make that option a desirable one that allows a bet to be places anywhere. But the other core focus of providing options at arenas will certainly be convenient for anyone taking in a Nationals, Wizards, Capitals or DC United game. Redskins fans however may find things a bit more onerous; their team plays in Landover, Md. and as a result they’ll be unable to bet in the home of Dwayne Haskins and the boys until Maryland joins in on the sports betting party.
Another caveat to the arenas offering DC sports betting: DC-based college teams will not be able to offer betting options and the teams themselves will not be allowed to be bet on out of concern for “jeopardizing the welfare of.student-athletes,” according to a letter from the head of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; even though that is a common stipulation from other states, it is one to keep in mind for locals hoping to pin their financial dreams on the Georgetowns and George Washingtons of the region.
Additionally, once the Class B licenses begin to matriculate and navigate the hurdles of the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, it’s likely many popular sports bars will also have their own offerings in the world of DC sports betting. Between those operators up and running and Intralot’s mobile offerings, convenience will be plentiful for locals to place their bets.
5) Where Can I Bet on Sports in Person in Washington DC?
The lack of casinos may make it seem like the options for DC sports betting in person are a bit less obvious but if the goals of the council are achieved, we should see sports betting readily available in sports arenas, bars, and many highly trafficked locations. As long as you don’t live within two miles of one of the approved Class A operators, you should start to find a litany of options locally trying to get in on the financial boon that the brave new world of DC sports betting will provide.
6) How Do I Make Deposits and Withdrawals for Online Sports Betting in DC?
Currently, GambetDC is the only live online sportsbook for Washington DC, which means you will need to play by their depositing and withdrawing methods:
- Debit/Credit Card
- ACH (Online Banking)
7) What are the Most Common Types of Sports Bets Can I Make in Washington DC?
This is the most common bet type and it is just a straight up single bet on a game. A point spread is determined by the oddsmakers with one team being favored by a certain amount of points. Let’s take a look at an example line below to give a clear indication of what a straight bet would be:
Boston Celtics -6.5 (-110), moneyline -320
at Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5 (-110), moneyline +260
The Celtics are favored by 6.5 points in this example. This means that if you bet the Cavaliers, you are getting 6.5 points, so if the Cavaliers win the game, or lose by fewer than seven points, you will win the bet because of your 6.5-point cushion. On the other side, when you are laying 6.5 points as the favorite, you would need the Celtics to win by seven or more to win the bet.
Final Score: Celtics 102 Cavaliers 98. Cavaliers would cover even though the Celtics won the game because the +6.5 point spread is enough to cover a four-point defeat.
The moneyline is a bet where there is no spread; you are just picking the winner of the game. In the example above, the Cavaliers ML is +260, which means that for every $100 wagered, you win $260 if the Cavaliers win the game outright. They receive the plus side of the moneyline since they are the underdog and picking them rewards you with nice odds since they are projected to likely lose the game. On the flip side, if you bet the Celtics ML at -320, you have to bet $320 to win $100. They are the favorites so if you decide to bet the moneyline instead of the point spread, you are forced to bet additional money to win $100.
In the example above, the Celtics ML would be the winner as they won the game outright. The spread is irrelevant for a moneyline wager.
This is a straight bet wagering on how many total combined points will be scored in a game by both teams. For example, an NBA game may have an over/under of 210 points, which means that the oddsmakers are projecting a combined points total of 210 between the two teams. If you think the teams are going to score more than 210 points total, you bet the over, and conversely, if you think it’s going to be a defensive struggle, you can bet the under hoping that the total points scored equals 209 points or less.
A parlay is a bet where you combine multiple bets into one bet and you get increased odds because you only win your parlay wager if all of your bets win. If you do a three-team parlay, you select three different teams from three different games and if you win all three of the bets you hit your parlay for longshot odds (6-1 so $100 to win $600). Going 0/3, 1/3, or 2/3 is all the same and you lose the parlay bet. It’s all or nothing which makes them tough to hit and is more of a home run type bet than a regular straight bet since there’s a chance for a big payoff.
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9) What are the Most Popular Sports Teams to Bet on in Washington DC?
While Washington DC is much smaller than states that offer legal sports betting, the nation’s capital has plenty of sports within their city or closely nearby. Washington DC bettors have these local teams to place money on:
- Washington Redskins
- Washington Wizards
- Washington Capitals
- Washington Mystics
- D.C. United
- Maryland Terrapins
- Georgetown Hoyas
- Howard Bison
10) Is there anything else to know about DC sports betting?
The roll-out of DC sports betting has been a protracted one but now that Intralot has the keys to the car, the expectation is locals should find themselves at the pay window in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled for more news to come as the Class B operators gain approval but the likelihood is DC sportsbook apps should be available sooner than later. As soon as these betting options are launched, we’ll update the post with more details about DC sportsbook app deposit bonuses, a great way to build your bankroll and take advantage of this new frontier of action that’s sweeping the nation. Use the sports betting resources we provide here at Awesemo to help guide your bets and bet responsibly!
Who was the first book to offer legal DC sports betting?
The first legal bet has yet to be placed in the region but the odds would heavily favor Intralot being involved. Intralot will oversee the launch of a mobile sportsbook app in addition to working with the DC office of Lottery and Gaming to issue and enforce sports betting licenses.
DC sports betting will include two classes of operators, Class A and Class B. Class A operators will include sports wagering facilities located at local arenas such as the Capital One Arena, Audi Field, Nationals Park, St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena. Class B operators would include single individuals, groups, or entities offering private DC sports betting facilities. The Class B group will only consist of places not located within a two-block radius of any Class A location and the operators can offer a mobile product but only one that works within the walls of their location. However Class B locations will also have to work in conjunction with the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration if they serve alcohol and adding another group into the fray (as well as a 45-day protest period for locals unhappy with the situation) can certainly delay some of the Class B DC sports betting offerings.
The race will be on in the coming months but with the convenience of their DC sportsbook apps, one would think Intralot or one of the Class A operators will notch the landmark first legal bet in the Washington DC area.
Washington DC Sports Betting FAQs
- Is Sports Betting Legal in State?
- How Can I bet in state?
- Will State have Online Sports Betting?
- How Do I Open an Account?
- How Do I Deposit and Withdraw?
- Do I have to be in state to place a bet?
- What Games Can I bet on?
- What Companies Will be Offering Sports Betting?
- What Kind of Taxes Do I have to Pay?
- How Old Do I have to Be to Bet in State?
- What are the Betting Limits?
- Where Do I go if I have a problem?
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