Washington DC Sports Betting Apps

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Washington, D.C. MapSports betting options in Washington, DC include the GambetDC app, which is run by the Office of Lottery and Gaming, and two private companies: BetMGM and Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.

Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill and BetMGM, however, can only be used within two blocks of Capital One Arena and Nationals Park, respectively. FanDuel will also join the ranks through a partnership with Audi Stadium, home of DC United (MLS).

At the end of the day, the complexity of online sports betting in Washington, DC isn’t ideal. But it is better than the many states with no online betting whatsoever.

Best DC Sports Betting Apps

Washington, DC Sports Betting Updates

  • August 27, 2021:

    Public comment period ends for Maryland Sports Betting rules, which could reduce betting handle and revenue in Washington DC, once Maryland launches betting later in 2021.

  • August 15, 2021:

    The DC-run sportsbook app, GameBet DC, reported less than $500,000 of revenue for the month of July. Commercial operators, including BetMGM and Caesars reported approximately $1.6 million of betting handle.

  • August 2, 2021:

    Caesars Sportsbook launches in Washington, DC as Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill after it acquired William Hill in early 2021.

  • June 9, 2021:

    BetMGM DC App launched in Washington, DC. You can now bet using the app within two blocks of Nationals Park.

  • May 26, 2021:

    William Hill Sportsbook To Officially Open: On May 26, 2021, the full-sized William Hill Sportsbook will finally open at Capital One Arena. This comes after months of a “temporary sportsbook” at the arena as the brand waited out the pandemic.

  • May 21, 2021:

    Betting Handle Falls To $10.74 Million In April 2021: According to the Office of Lottery and Gaming released on May 21, 2021, the total April sports betting handle (retail and online) fell to $10.74. That’s even lower than pandemic numbers. 

  • May 18, 2021:

    Maryland Legalizes Sports Betting: On May 18, 2021, Governor Larry Hogan signed legal sports betting into law. Apps won’t launch until the fall, but up to 60 platforms could launch in the market, more than anywhere else in the US.

  • May 6, 2021:

    BetMGM App Announced In And Around Nationals Park: BetMGM and the Washington Nationals partnered in January 2021 to bring a retail sportsbook into the stadium as well as offer online sports betting within two blocks. The app is set to launch in June 2021.

  • May 1, 2021:

    Washington Football Team To Get New Stadium: WFT owner Dan Snyder is planning to build a new stadium in the DMV area by 2027, which would likely include a retail sportsbook and sports betting app. Specifics are still in the works, particularly given the more than five-year timeline.

Best DC Sportsbooks Apps For September 2021

Best for DC Bettors

At BetMGM DC

Available On: iOS, Android, Web Browser

States Accepted: AZ, CO, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NV, PA, TN, WV, VA, DC

Best for DC Bettors

BetMGM Washington, DC

Risk-Free Bet

$1,000

On First Bet

Retail Partner

Nationals Park

Washington Nationals

Licensed by

DC Lottery

BetMGM DC is expected to launch in June 2021 and will be available in and around Nationals Park, which is located in the Navy Yard neighborhood. A retail BetMGM Sportsbook will also be available to DC bettors.

BetMGM is hands down one of the best online sportsbooks in the US. Players 18 and up can join BetMGM DC and enjoy some of the highest win potentials on a wide range of sports, including the most competitive futures market in America.

New members at BetMGM DC can receive a risk-free bet of up to $1,000.

  • Available: Within two blocks of Nationals Park
  • Huge market depth; highly competitive odds; top-rated app; live streaming for select events; tons of promotions; owned by MGM Resorts
  • Best Deposit Method: BetMGM offers PayPal for deposit and cashout as well as online bank transfer and eCheck.

Best for New Bettors

At Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill DC

Available On: iOS and Android

States Accepted: AZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NV, TN, VA, WV

Best for New Bettors

Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill Washington, DC

Risk-Free Bet

Up to $5000

On First Bet

Retail Partner

Capital One Arena

Licensed by

DC Lottery

For a while, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill DC was the only sports betting option outside of GambetDC. BetMGM joined the ranks in late May 2021, but Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill is still, comparatively speaking, a 10 out of 10 sports betting option for bettors in the district. Caesars acquired William Hill in April 2021, so the brand is now operating under its new name.

Anyone 18 and older can bet via the Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill app within a two-block radius of Capital One Arena except for federal enclaves like the Smithsonian. Bettors can also wager in-person at the sportsbook.

New members of the Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill DC app can receive a risk-free bet up to $5000.

  • Available: Within a two-block radius of Capital One Arena
  • Lots of odds boosters; several daily promotions; highly competitive odds; owned by Caesars Entertainment
  • Best Deposit Method: PayPal is the best option, but it also accepts debit cards and online bank transfers.

Best for iOS and Android App

At FanDuel DC

Available On: iOS, Android, Web Browser

States Accepted: AZ, NJ, PA, IL, IN, IA, CO, WV, TN, MI, VA

Best for iOS and Android App

FanDuel Washington, DC (Coming Fall 2021)

Risk-Free Bet

$1000

On First Bet

Retail Partner

Audi Field

DC United

Licensed by

DC Lottery

It’s unknown when the FanDuel DC Sportsbook at Audi Field will launch, but it’s expected before the end of 2021. Our guess is in the Fall of 2021, sometime around September or October. But it could very well launch sooner, and we will update this page accordingly.

FanDuel Sportsbook is one of the best options in the state. Alongside William Hill and BetMGM, FanDuel consistently offers the best odds in states across the US, making the platform a highly anticipated addition to the DC market.

New members at FanDuel DC can receive a risk-free bet of up to $1,000.

  • Available: Within two blocks of Audi Field
  • Highly intuitive app; more promotions than anywhere else; some of the best odds online; ability to use the same login for FanDuel DFS; well-known brand
  • Best Deposit Method: PayPal is the best deposit and withdrawal option at FanDuel, but online bank transfer and prepaid card are also good choices.

Other Washington, DC Sports Betting App

GambetDC

  • Welcome Bonus: 100% deposit bonus between $10 and $100
  • Available: Almost anywhere in Washington, DC
  • Platforms: iOS app, Android app, Web browser
  • Partnership: Run by the Office of Lottery and Gaming
  • Key Features: Separate pre-game and in-game betting sections; parlay boosters; special prop bet offers; available almost anywhere in DC
  • Best Deposit Method: Online bank transfer as well as prepaid card and Skrill.
  • Overall Rating: 5.0/10

GambetDC is a lottery-run online sportsbook powered by the DC Lottery. It’s the only platform available almost anywhere in the district (other than federal enclaves like the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial), and it allows bettors 18 and up.

GambetDC is a not-for-profit brand and therefore offers pretty terrible odds. While the commercial sportsbooks charge the standard vig of around 4.5%, GambetDC can charge as much as 8% to deter problem gambling. That makes the lottery-run option subpar compared to its more competitive (although less accessible) counterparts.

New members of the GambetDC app can receive a 100% deposit match of up to $100.

All Washington, DC Sportsbook Sites

SportsbookBonus OfferLocal PartnerLaunch Date
GambetDC100% deposit-match up to $100 DC LotteryMay 2020
BetMGMRisk-free bet up to $1,000Nationals ParkJune 2021
Caesars Sportsbook by William HillRisk-free bet up to $5000Capital One ArenaDecember 2020
FanDuelRisk-free bet up to $1,000Audi FieldFall 2021

How To Place A Bet In Washington, DC

Step 1: Be In The Right Place

You can bet via the lottery-run GambetDC app anywhere in the district except for federal enclaves. You can find a map of exactly where you need to be on the GambetDC website.

For other sports betting apps in DC, you need to be within a two-block radius of its partnering professional sports venue. The same restrictions on federal enclaves apply to commercial betting apps, like Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill and FanDuel, as well. This means you have to be within 2 blocks of Captial One Arena or Nationals Park, depending on the app. 

While you have to be at least 18 years old, you do not have to be a resident of Washington, DC to place a bet via any of the DC sports betting apps.

Step 2: Register And Deposit

Click the “register” or “signup” button to create an account at the sports betting app. You’ll need to provide your basic identifying information, so be sure it matches the info on your ID. 

Then make a deposit using PayPal, online bank transfer, Skrill, e-check, or prepaid card. Credit card payments are often considered cash advance transactions, which come with fees.

Step 3: Place Bets

Select the bet you’d like to place, enter the amount of your wager, and submit the bet to the betslip. You can also select multiple bets and combine them into a parlay wager to maximize the payout.

Washington, DC Legal Sportsbooks

DC Sports Betting Final Score
Reader Rating4 Votes
Pro's
Sports betting minimum age is 18
Wide range of sports available
Top-rated sportsbooks available
Con's
Cannot bet anywhere in the district
4

It’s far safer to bet via legally licensed online sportsbooks in DC—or neighboring states with legal sports betting—than it is to join an offshore, illegal website. GambetDC, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, BetMGM, and FanDuel all follow strict player protection rules that ensure the most secure betting experience.

There are many reasons to avoid an illegal sports betting site, but these are the most notable:

  • Compromised personal information
  • Refusal to pay winnings
  • Hidden terms and conditions and other predatory practices

Then there’s the small chance of getting into legal trouble for betting at an illegal site. While it’s not likely, it’s an unnecessary risk.

Washington, DC Sports Betting Revenue

Washington, DC sports betting revenue has remained relatively consistent even though the overall sports betting handle went down.

As recently as April 2021, online sportsbooks in DC handled over 25% fewer sports bets compared to March 2021. Despite that, the sportsbooks still generated a comparable amount of revenue.

For example, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill DC handled $11.43 million in March 2021 and generated $1.15 million in revenue. But in April 2021, it handled $8 million and generated $1.55 million in revenue.

In total, the two DC online betting apps and the Capital One Arena sportsbook handled $10.74 million in sports bets. That’s nothing compared to powerhouses like New Jersey, with its sports betting handle totaling just under $1 billion per month. But for its population size of around 800,000, it’s about expected.

How Washington, DC Compares To Other Jurisdictions

Washington, DC pales in comparison to its two neighboring states. Even when FanDuel Sportsbook launches in the district, there will be access to only three commercial online sportsbooks and all are restricted to within two blocks of their partner venues.

However, Washington, DC does allow sports betting for those 18 and up. Maryland and Virginia require sports bettors to be at least 21 years old.

Maryland Sports Betting

Maryland online sports betting became legal in May 2021. Regulators are in the process of finalizing rules to issue licenses. But the Maryland market can have up to 60 different online sports betting apps and sites, so it will blow DC out of the water upon launch. It is estimated that the first apps could launch before the end of 2021. 

Virginia Sports Betting

Like DC, the Commonwealth of Virginia launched online sportsbooks despite having no local casinos. But unlike DC, the Virginia sports betting apps are all private companies that offer their services to anyone over 21 in the Commonwealth. That means more accessibility, better overall odds, and more promotions. There are almost a dozen apps available in Virginia, and they are available throughout the state with no geographic restrictions like in DC. Virginia restricts college betting, though, prohibiting bets on in-state teams. So, if Virginia Tech fans want to bet on the Hokies, they will need to head to DC or West Virginia to do so. 

Washington, DC Betting Successes And Failures

DC Sports Betting Success

The legalization of sports betting in Washington, DC was a success for the entire US because it set a precedent: if the country’s capital can legalize it, why can’t we? It’s a point you often see made in regards to DC legalizing marijuana too.

In terms of Washington, DC’s sports betting market itself, the rollout was a success insofar as it’s legal to bet on sports online in the district. That’s more than most US states can say, including the top three most populated: California, Texas, and Florida.

Where Could DC Improve Online Gambling?

The Washington, DC sports betting market is subpar compared to nearby states like Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Those markets allow for many more online sportsbooks, all of which are available no matter where you are in the state.

Further, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, along with Michigan, offer online casinos and legal poker sites as well. So not only is the district’s online sports betting market lesser than all those states, it has a third as many online gambling options.

If local lawmakers in DC see enough revenue go to Maryland, which is expected to have a far better sports betting market, online sportsbooks other than GambetDC and a few commercial options may become more accessible.

Legalization Effort In Washington, DC

While the case came out of a battle in New Jersey, the US Supreme Court met in the Supreme Court Building at One First Street to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018. This paved the way for states and territories outside of Nevada to legalize online sports betting.

That same year, DC Councilmember Jack Evans–who resigned in 2020 amid ethics violations as the longest-running politician in the district’s history–introduced Act 22-594, the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018. Signed into law on May 3, 2019, the act legalized a lottery-run sports betting model in the state with professional stadiums allowed to open a retail sportsbook and accept online bets within a two-block radius.

The success of the lottery-run model came despite huge lobbying pushes from giants like FanDuel and DraftKings as well as DC sports teams, who wanted the more profitable casino-style model. That’s the model employed in both Virginia and Maryland. This could spell big competition challenges for the district moving forward.

Thankfully, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill (Capital One Arena) and BetMGM (Nationals Park) are available to those physically located inside the partnering stadiums or within a two-block radius. Bettors who live nearby or are willing to make the trek can find high-quality odds on par with any other state in the US. 

FanDuel is also expected to launch through a partnership with DC United’s Audi Field by the end of 2021.

Timeline of Washington, DC Sports Betting

  • May 14, 2018: PASPA is overturned by the US Supreme Court, allowing states and jurisdictions to legalize online sports betting.
  • September 2018: DC Councilmember Jack Evans introduces the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018.
  • December 18, 2018: The DC Council passes the act, effectively legalizing online sports betting in the district pending the rest of the legislative process, such as the mayor’s signature and approval from Congress.
  • March 27, 2019: CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ted Leonsis, announces that Greene Turtle restaurant at Capital One Arena will be converted into a sportsbook pending legalization.
  • May 3, 2019: Sports betting officially becomes legal in Washington, DC, leaving regulators to create rules and regulations and create the GambetDC app.
  • October 3, 2019: William Hill Sportsbook is announced as the sports betting venue inside Capital One Arena.
  • May 29, 2020: The DC Lottery launches GambetDC, officially ushering in legal online sports betting.
  • August 3, 2020: William Hill and Capital One Arena open the very first sportsbook located inside a US sports venue.
  • December 29, 2020: William Hill Sportsbook launches its app for use within a two-block radius of Capital One Arena.
  • May 2021: BetMGM DC to launch in partnership with the Washington Nationals, giving bettors access to the app within two blocks of Nationals Park.
  • August 2021: William Hill rebrands to Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.

Washington, DC Professional Sports Teams

Here is a list of Washington, DC’s professional sports teams:

  • Washington Football Team (NFL)
  • Washington Nationals (MLB)
  • DC United (MLS)
  • Washington Capitals (NHL)
  • Washington Wizards (NBA)
  • Washington Mystics (WNBA)

Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team’s home stadium is FedExField, which is technically located in Maryland. So there won’t be a DC sports betting app associated with WFT, but you will be able to bet via Maryland sports betting apps come September or October 2021.

Both inside DC and in all states with legal sports betting, the Washington Football Team is one of the most popular options for betting. Not only is the NFL the number one most popular sport for regular season betting in the US, Washington Football Team has millions of fans across the country.

Washington Nationals

Nationals Park will open a BetMGM Sportsbook in the coming months, and the BetMGM app will be available within two blocks of the iconic red, white, and blue ballpark. In the meantime, betting on the Washington Nationals remains a favorite pastime as old as the team itself.

Capital One Arena Teams

Capital One Arena is home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the WNBA’s Washington Mystic, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and America’s first in-stadium sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. It’s a sports bettor’s paradise on ice.

DC United

The MLS is getting more popular every season, and sports betting can only help that trend–especially when FanDuel Sportsbook opens inside Audi Field, located just 0.2 miles from Nationals Park. The FanDuel app will also be available within two blocks of the pitch.

Washington, DC College Sports Teams

The following are the NCAA Division 1 college schools located in Washington, DC:

  • American University
  • George Washington
  • Georgetown
  • George Mason
  • Howard University

Unfortunately, you cannot bet on any DC college teams or on any college games that take place within the district. You can bet on any D1 college sports that take place outside of the district as long as no DC college teams are participating.

This is a common restriction even in states with the most liberal sports betting laws. For example, New Jersey restricts bets on college games taking place in the state and on any in-state schools, regardless of where they’re played.

Essentially, Washington, DC and New Jersey have the same restrictions on college sports betting.

Thankfully, this is a town with alumni from all over the country. Many DC bars are college bars for out-of-state schools like Penn Quarter Sports Tavern for Syracuse fans or Kelly’s Irish Times for Penn State fans.

Further, you can visit Virginia, Maryland, or any other state with legal sports betting and place bets on Washington, DC teams.

You can also bet on DC adjacent teams at sportsbooks inside the district. For example, you can bet on the University of Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s, and Bowie State.

Other Sports To Bet On In Washington, DC

You can bet on both domestic and international professional sports in Washington, DC. That means the following competitions are fair game:

  • NASCAR
  • Formula One
  • PGA
  • Tennis
  • MMA/UFC
  • European soccer
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Aussie rules football
  • Asian baseball

The list goes on. If the DC Lottery allows the wager, then it will be available for betting. If not, you can also reach out to the sportsbook to request the line. 

Washington, DC is one of the few jurisdictions that completely restrict betting on horse racing. That means no in-district tracks, off-track betting (OTB) facilities, or horse race betting sites.

But Washington, DC is home to several soccer bars, which air even the earliest European soccer matches. This gives soccer bettors a community outlet for betting on and viewing the games.

High-profile MMA and boxing matches are shown at a variety of bars across town as well–another opportunity for fighting bettors to create communal atmospheres.

Washington, DC Sports Betting FAQs

How old do I have to be to bet online in Washington, DC? 

18 and up. You must be at least 18 years old to bet online in Washington, DC. This goes for the GambetDC app, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill DC, and BetMGM DC. The 18 and up age restriction applies to both online and in-person sports betting in the district.

Is it legal to bet on college sports in Washington, DC? 

Yes, it is legal to bet on college sports in Washington, DC; however, it is illegal to bet on any DC college teams or to bet on a college game that takes place in the district. For example, it is legal to bet on the Maryland Terrapins but illegal to bet on the Georgetown Hoyas.

Do I need to be a resident of Washington, DC to bet online?

No, you do not need to be a resident of Washington, DC to bet online in the district. This applies to retail sportsbooks as well, such as the Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill Sportsbook at Capital One Arena. The only requirement is that you’re at least 18 years old.

Can I bet on my iPhone in Washington, DC? 

Yes, you can bet on your iPhone in Washington, DC via legally licensed apps. The only app available everywhere in DC is the GambetDC app, powered by the DC Lottery. Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill is available within two blocks of Capital One Arena, and BetMGM is available within two blocks of Nationals Park.

Is DraftKings legal in Washington, DC?

Sort of. DraftKings DFS (daily fantasy sports) is legal in Washington, DC and is accessible to anyone over 18 in the state. However, DraftKings Sportsbook is not available in DC, nor are there any reported plans to launch the DraftKings sports betting app in the district.

Is FanDuel legal in Washington, DC?

Yes, FanDuel DFS (daily fantasy sports) is available in Washington, DC FanDuel Sportsbook will also open at DC United’s Audi Field, and the FanDuel Sportsbook app will be available within two blocks of the stadium. The launch is expected in September or October 2021.

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