DC June Sports Betting Sees Increase; BetMGM App Launches

DC June Sports Betting Sees Increase; BetMGM App Launches
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Sports betting in Washington D.C. saw a nearly 42% increase in June because of surging handle from the William Hill sportsbook and app at Capital One Arena.

June also saw the BetMGM Sportsbook app launch at Nationals Park, giving bettors three options in the district, including the D.C. Lottery’s GambetDC app.

The June sports betting handle was $19.5 million, including $16.1 million from the two national operators ($15.7 million from William Hill and $376,661 from BetMGM), according to the June report. GambetDC accounted for $3.4 million.

The total handle for June was a 41.7% increase over May’s $13.8 million ($10.7 million from William Hill and $3.1 million from GambetDC).

The June online sports betting gross gaming revenue (non-Gambet) was $17 million up 22.1% from May ($1.4 million).

June revenue from GambetDC (the amount played minus amount won) was $517,990, down 18.7% from May ($637,422).

Tax revenue in June from sports betting (non-Gambet) was $167,350, up 22.1% from May ($137,067).

William Hill Permanent Sportsbook at Arena

William Hill’s permanent sportsbook at the Capital One Arena, home of the NBA Wizards and NHL Capitals, opened in late May. In addition to placing wagers at the William Hill retail sportsbook, bettors can also bet using an app in the arena and in a two-block radius around the structure.

The temporary sportsbook from William Hill that opened in the arena last August was the first sportsbook in a professional sports venue in the U.S. It opened in the arena’s ticket box office area before the permanent one was built.

BetMGM App At Nationals Park

The Nationals and BetMGM Sportsbook on June 10 launched a sports betting app within a two-block radius of Nationals Park, giving bettors another wagering option, especially for MLB betting.

A new retail sportsbook at the ballpark hasn't opened yet, but is expected later this summer. It will be located outside the centerfield gate at Nationals Park and operate year-round.

Fans inside the stadium can’t access the retail sportsbook, but can wager on the app inside the ballpark.

Audit of DC Sports Betting Firm Released

An audit by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor, released last week, showed that adherence to requirements regarding the DC Lottery’s contracting with “certified business enterprises” was lacking. It also questioned the role of the lottery’s contractor, Intralot.

The audit discovered “multiple instances of questionable practices, payments made by an entity that is not the principal contractor, and failure to document whether businesses meet CBE (certified business enterprises) requirements.”

Following the release of the report, Intralot said the audit “injected inaccurate information and mischaracterizations into the public domain.” Intralot said, in a statement, that “In more than 10 years of partnership with the D.C. government, with both the Lottery and now the sports betting program, Intralot has always sought to perform to the letter and intent of contract terms and the law, and we will continue to do so.”

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