Washington DC Sports Betting Platform To Be Called GambetDC
The Washington, D.C., sports betting platform — which would have started this week, but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic — has a name.
The sports betting platform will be called GambetDC, according to the D.C. Office of Lottery and Gaming’s website. The lottery said the platform will launch when “it is safe for the sports world to return.”
Nicole Jordan, spokeswoman for the lottery, said now that GambetDC is ready to go, the lottery “will focus on developing iLottery (traditional lottery-style games sold online) that will enable the lLottery to grow revenues that go to the District’s General Fund.”
Jordan told Gambling.com on Monday that the lottery revised its original sports betting launch strategy “based on the current state of world events.” She said then that the mobile and web platforms, operated by Intralot, are tested and ready to go live.
Like the governors of Maryland and Virginia, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser issued a stay-at-home order on Monday that went into effect on Tuesday, effectively shutting down the city for non-essential activities.
As recently as two weeks ago, the lottery still planned to launch its app. Jordan cautioned then, though, that the lottery recognized there would be no sports to bet on and would continue to monitor the situation.
“All professional sports leagues around the world have suspended indefinitely play due to growing concerns around the COVID-19 virus and, as a consequence, there are little-to-no games or bets to offer. This goes for the Lottery’s offering, as well as any other sports books operating in the U.S. and globally,” Jordan said.
DC Has Dealt With Sports Betting Delays
The D.C. Lottery originally hoped to have the sports betting platform available in time for the 2019 NFL season, but lawsuits and other controversy pushed the launch back several times.
Sports betting in the nation’s capital will be facing stiff competition from nearby states. It’s legal in Delaware and West Virginia, was approved in March by the Virginia legislature and Maryland will ask voters in a November referendum to OK sports betting.
Once GambetDC is live, bettors in Washington will be able to register on their phone or online. The sportsbook plans to offer an abundance of sports, leagues and games as well as a variety of bet types, depending on which leagues return.
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