Current Sports Betting Status: Legal
The District of Columbia approved a sports wagering bill just before the end of 2018. The new law will allow legal sports betting both online and at specified venues.
The law was approved by Mayor Muriel Bowser on Jan 23, but now faces a review by Congress. It is a safe assumption that after the statutory 60 day review period the bill will become law. The first legal sports betting could be available as early as Spring 2019, perhaps even in time for March Madness.
The DC Lottery will have monopoly control over online and mobile betting District wide. There will be a single app which sports bettors can use to lay bets anywhere in the state.
Other venues may introduce their own sports betting apps but they may only be used on the premises. DC has no licensed casinos, so venues will be restricted to kiosks, sporting stadiums and the like.
Currently, the Committee of Finance & Revenue is debating whether or not the single app provided by the DC Lottery should be awarded by competitive tender or not. If the vote goes for putting the contract out to bids, then there is a possibility that a major brand such as DraftKings, or FanDuel could be the authorized provider.
If not then, the DC Lottery and its supplier Intralot will provide the sports betting platform
Not only will the DC Lottery be the operator, it will also be the regulator of online sports betting.
The legal age for sports betting in DC is 18.