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Washington, D.C. Sports Betting

Lawmakers moved quickly to approve sports betting in Washington, D.C. following the Supreme Court ruling that found that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional. This removed the federal ban on sports betting and as a result, local legislators proposed an amendment to the jurisdiction’s legal code.

On January 23rd, 2019, Act 22-594 known as the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, was signed into law. It was cleared by the US Congress and became law on May 3rd, 2019. The Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) then created rules and regulations for the industry and started the licensing process in December 2019 with a hope that sports gambling in Washington, D.C. would launch in early 2020.

However, it wasn’t until June 2020 that legal sports betting in Washington, D.C. became a reality when the D.C. Lottery launched GameBetDC . William Hill was then allowed to open a temporary sports betting retail booth at Capital One Arena allowing fans to place mobile bets while on-site.


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