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DC Sports Betting

Editor’s note: As of Jan. 13, 2021

Washington D.C. legalized sports betting in late 2018 so residents no longer have to make the journey to a nearby state, as they are now able to place online sports bets thanks to legislation that was introduced by a Ward 2 council member, Jack Evans in late 2018.

With things going as planned, it meant that sports betting was taking place by June, 2020.

There are no active race tracks in the District of Columbia and therefore the state does not currently allow online horse racing bets to be made.

There is a state lottery active and this is a key element in allowing the prospect of online sports bets to be made as they will be responsible for it, although currently this is not able to be played online.

Is sports betting currently legal in the state?

Betting is legal both in-person and online

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What is the legal age to bet on sports in D.C.?

18 years old

Where will D.C. residents be able to bet?

There are four physical locations where you can bet:

  • Audi Field
  • Capital One Arena
  • Nationals Park
  • Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena

Also online bets can be placed through the GambetDC App.

You cannot place a bet online within two blocks of a sports stadium or at certain National Monuments.

What sports will be available for wagering?

Professional and collegiate sporting events, motor sports and Olympic games will be open to betting.

The only caveat is college teams within D.C. cannot be bet on - whether they are playing home or away.

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The people behind this page

The's online gambling content experts who helped write, edit and check this page:
Jack Kitson is the Editor of Betting Odds and The Sack Race. He is an NCTJ-qualified sports journalist who has accumulated over 10 years of experience in the sports betting industry. His work on The Sack Race was honoured by a panel of experts at the Football Blogging Awards where it was named the Best Gambling Football Blog. Jack created the popular YouTube series ‘In The Managers Office’ featuring exclusives with Chris Wilder and Ian Holloway, while his work has been referenced within numerous publications such as The Guardian, BBC Sport, The New York Times, and Washington Post.