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Washington D.C. Sports Betting – Bet On Sports Legally In The U.S. Capital

Washington DC IconFor a town that has no casinos, most of our top government offices, the President's residence, and a town of its own there is no reason why in-person and mobile sports betting wouldn't be allowed right? Exactly, the District of Columbia passed legislation to allow online and in-person sports betting within the town limits.

Sports betting has been passed into law but not launched at this time. Originally the launch was scheduled to come before the 2019 NFL betting season but now some officials are murmuring January 2020.

Is Sports Betting Legal In Washington D.C.?

Domestic sports betting and mobile sports betting has been passed into law but is pending launch in the District of Columbia. City officials chose to fast track the law but seem to be hitting a snag. Recently Monumental Sports owner Ted Leonsis said that there will be a domestic sportsbook inside of the Capitol One Arena.

DC Sports Betting Laws

Washington DC has only passed two sports betting laws that still have to gain approval before Congress because of its fiscal impact on the city.

DC Sports Betting Bills

There are currently two sports betting bills that have been signed and passed. Once they have been enacted we will update this page. For now, you can visit our bill tracker page to follow the legislation as it makes its way to the streets of DC.

Sportsbooks That Are Legally Licensed To Accept Washington D.C. Residents

Since sports betting has not been enacted in Washington D.C. yet, residents of the nation’s capital still need to know what options are available for them right now. In the meantime, our team has reviewed each one of the online sportsbooks below and can guarantee each one is 100% legal, safe and guaranteed payouts on winning bets.

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DC Sports Betting Details

DC is still waiting for their domestic options but we do know some details that we can pass on to you. Below you will see the betting details and differences associated with domestic and offshore sportsbooks.

  • Legal Sports Betting: Offshore
  • Minimum Sports Betting Age: 18 years old
  • Land-Based: Yes (Pending Launch)
  • Online:  Yes (Pending Launch), Offshore
  • Mobile:  Yes (Pending Launch), Offshore
  • In-Play:  Yes (Pending Launch), Offshore
  • Estimated Revenue: TBD
  • Eligible Operators: TBD
  • Commission: The Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
  • Licensing Fee: $50k
  • Tax Rate: 10%-20% Gross Revenue
  • Tax-Funded: TBD

What You Can Bet On In DC:

  • All betting lines, odds, and props for all games, teams, and players across all college and professional sports are allowed when using offshore sites. We will update this section after domestic sports betting officially launches.

What You Can't Bet On In DC: 

  • Offshore betting sites have no betting restrictions.

Where Can I Bet On Sports In DC?

Right now DC residents can only bet with offshore sportsbooks that accept their registrations. Domestic and mobile sports betting will soon be enacted in the nation's capital.


Sports Teams To Bet On In DC

Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins football franchise played their season of professional football in 1932 as the Boston Braves before moving to the nation’s capital in 1937. Today, the Redskins compete in the NFC East and play home games at FedEx Field. The franchise has won 14 division titles and five league championships, two pre-Super Bowl era NFL Championships and three Super Bowls.

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals baseball franchise was established in 1969 as the Montreal Expos before moving to Washington D.C. before the 2005 season. The team plays in the NL East and has home games at Nationals Park. The franchise has won five division titles and is still searching for their first World Series title.

Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals entered the NHL as an expansion franchise in 1974. The team competes in the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference and play home games at Capital One Arena. The franchise has won 11 division titles, two conference championships, and in 2018, won their first Stanley Cup.

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards established their basketball franchise in 1961 as the Chicago Packers before relocating to the District of Columbia in 1973. The team has won seven division titles, four conference championships, and their only NBA Championship in 1978.


Frequently Asked Questions About Sports Betting In Washington D.C.

Will I get arrested for betting on sports in DC?

No. Offshore sportsbooks can be accessed legally and domestic sports betting is on its way.

Are mobile sports betting apps legal in DC?

They will be soon. The sports betting bill signed into law grants mobile betting apps to power to obtain a license and accept mobile sport bets. There is also a slew of offshore betting apps that DC residents can use.

What teams can I bet on in DC?

With offshore sportsbooks, the sky is the limit. You can find local, regional, national, and international betting lines, futures, props, and more. Domestic sportsbooks are only going to restrict amateur sports and other associated services such as political betting.

Are there any local sportsbooks in DC?

There will be soon. Capital One Area is supposed to get an in-house sportsbook when domestic sports betting finally launches in 2019. Other locations may include Audi Field and Nationals Park. There are no casinos in DC so it is likely they will have stand-alone kiosks or sportsbooks.

What is the legal minimum sports betting age in DC?

The legal gambling age in the District of Columbia is 18 years old.

Who regulates sports betting in DC?

the Office of Lottery and Charitable Games will be in charge of regulating the DC sports betting industry. They will collect licensing fees and collect taxes on licenses granted.


Washington DC Legislative Resources

Washington DC Gambling Resources

The District of Columbia provides resources for gambling addicts and strongly suggests that if you feel like you are developing a gambling problem to reach out to representatives that can help at the DC Counselors National Council on Problem Gambling,