Washington, D.C. Sports Betting: DC Sportsbook Sites, Apps & Promos
The Washington, D.C. City Council approved sports betting in 2018, and the law went into effect in 2019. The D.C. Office of Lottery and Gaming is able to issue licenses to major sports venues (Class A license), as well as hotels, bars, and restaurants (Class B license). In addition, the D.C. Lottery has launched a sports betting mobile app and website powered by Intralot called Gambet DC. No other online sportsbooks are under consideration.
Best D.C. Online Sports Betting Sites
Legal Online sportsbooks will appear once available.
Washington, D.C. Sports Betting Laws and Background
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is online sports betting legal in Washington, D.C.?
Yes. The Washington, D.C. City Council passed Bill 23-25 in 2018 to legalize sports betting, and the bill was signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2019. Online and mobile sports betting finally launched in 2020.
What are the eligibility requirements to bet in Washington, D.C.?
Anyone 18 years of age or older will be able to place a sports bet in Washington, D.C.
What types of sports bets are available in Washington, D.C.?
Sports bets offered in Washington, D.C. include spread, over/under, money line, futures, player props, in-play, parlays, teasers, and pleasers.
Sports offered by sportsbooks in Washington, D.C. include but are not limited to NBA, college basketball, NFL, college football, CFL, MLB, NHL, MMA, PGA, tennis, boxing, soccer, cricket, cycling, darts, rugby, motorsports, and esports.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Washington, D.C.?
No. Sportsbooks must be licensed in Washington, D.C. Only licensed retail locations and the lottery-sponsored Gambet DC website/app are legal to place sports wagers.
Washington, D.C. Retail Sportsbooks and Casinos
Casinos Near Washington, D.C.
There aren’t currently any physical casinos located in Washington, D.C.. However, bordering states do have retail casinos nearby.
Casino at Delaware Park (Wilmington, DE)
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino (Dover, DE)
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (Ranson, WV)
Hollywood Casino Perryville (Perryville, MD)
Horseshoe Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
Live Casino & Hotel (Hanover, MD)
MGM National Harbor (Oxon Hill, MD)
Rocky Gap Casino Resort (Flintstone, MD)
Sports Venues in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. has four major sports venues that are eligible for a Class A license, allowing them to have a sportsbook on their premises.
Audi Field is the home of D.C.’s MLS soccer team, the D.C. United. The stadium opened in 2018 and holds 20,000 fans.
Capital One Arena
Formerly known as the MCI Center when it opened in 1997 and later named the Verizon Center before its current namesake, the Capital One Arena hosts the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, and Georgetown men’s basketball. The arena holds 20,656 fans.
Located in the Navy Yard neighborhood, Nationals Park is the home of MLB’s Washington Nationals and opened in 2008. The Nationals previously played at RFK Stadium upon their move from Montreal. Nationals Park seats over 41,000.
St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena
Opening in late 2018, St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena is a multi-purpose arena that is the home to the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go, and also has a practice facility for the NBA’s Washington’s Wizards.
Other Washington, D.C. Gaming Options
Washington, D.C. Lottery
The Washington, D.C. Lottery launched in 1982 and is available within Washington, D.C. to those participants who are 18 years or older. More information is available at the Washington, D.C. Lottery website.
Washington, D.C. Fantasy Sports
Both daily and season-long fantasy sports are legal in Washington, D.C. Most online fantasy sports sites offer fantasy games to D.C.-area players.