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DC bars to launch retail sports betting


Businesses in Washington DC are set to open retail sports betting today (July 29), through a partnership with DC Lottery-powered sportsbook operator GambetDC.

Venues set to offer Gambet’s self-service betting kiosks include well-known local bars and restaurants such as Ben’s Next Door, Lou’s City Bar, Takoma Station Tavern, and Dirty Water.

Businesses are expected to celebrate the launch of the vertical on Friday, July 30 by hosting events for their patrons. The events will showcase the self-service betting kiosks and feature local sports figures such as Brian Mitchell, Rick ‘Doc’ Walker, Fred Smoot, and Santana Moss.

Businesses offering the service in partnership with GambetDC will receive a 5% commission on all sports betting sales, and a further 1% commission on cashing of winnings.

The operator said it is committed to helping local businesses recover from the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

“We are excited to support these iconic local businesses and to help them return from the pandemic better than they were when it started,” said Nicole Jordan, director of marketing & communications at DC Lottery.

“Together, GambetDC and these local businesses are going to prove that betting on DC is always a good decision.”

Results published last week showed that customers in Washington DC wagered $19.5m in June, an increase of 42.3% on the amount bet in May.

Operators brought in revenue of $2.2m for the month from those wagers. William Hill, which runs an online mobile sportsbook and has a physical location at the Capital One Arena, proved to be the market leader locally, with revenue of $1.6m.