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District of Columbia Sports Betting

Washington, D.C. Sports Betting Updates 2022

District of Columbia

Action Network check mark Updated March 25, 2022

Although the Washington, D.C. is not a state, it has the ability to host sportsbooks within district lines. D.C. online sports betting has been live since May 2020. District residents are able to place their bets on exclusive sportsbooks GambetDC and Grand Central DC. 

Furthermore, residents are able to place their bets via BetMGM and Caesars when they are located in specific areas in D.C.

Please note that BetMGM and Caesars bets can only be placed in and two miles around the following locations:

  • Nationals Park
  • Capital One Arena 

Additionally, D.C. residents can play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) via PrizePicks. Users pick over/under totals of players from their favorite teams like the Washington Nationals or Washington Wizards. 

New users can use Action's exclusive PrizePicks promo code, which offers up to a $100 deposit match!

District of Columbia Sports Betting Key Takeaways

⚖️ Is sports betting in District of Columbia legal?

Yes! D.C. online sports betting went live in May 2020. 

💸 What are the requirements to bet online in D.C.?

District residents must be 18+ years of age and physically in the state (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place mobile or casino sports bets.

📒 What mobile sportsbooks/DFS providers are available in D.C.?

GambetDC, Grand Central DC Sportsbook (retail only), BetMGM, Caesars (inside and two miles around Nationals Park & Capital One Arena only), and PrizePicks DFS.

🏈 What sports can I bet on in the District of Columbia?

D.C. residents are able to bet on all major American league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL) and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket and rugby. Also, residents can only bet on out-of-state college teams.

Although D.C. is in their own category of online sports betting legislation, residents can still play exciting Daily Fantasy Sports through PrizePicks. More specifically, users just have to place their bets, pick their favorite D.C. players like Bradley Beal or Carson Wentz, and choose over/under totals for a chance to win cash.

Please keep in mind that D.C residents are allowed to place their March Madness picks on PrizePicks' newest contest, Prop Madness.

How to Sign up for PrizePicks in D.C.

  • Step 1. Sign up using our PrizePicks promo code.
  • Step 2. In the app (or on your desktop), select the “Deposit” button in the top right corner of the page. 
  • Step 3. Select the amount of money that you want to deposit and the funding source (PayPal, credit, etc).
  • Step 4. Submit deposit. Once the deposit is submitted and credited to your account, you’ll automatically be given the promotional value matching your initial deposit (up to $100).

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D.C.'s Sports Betting Overview, Timeline and Background

What can I bet on in D.C.?

Now that mobile sportsbook apps are online, you have the option to wager on a range of bet types and sports leagues. 

Legal Bet Types — Sports fans can bet a full range of bet types, including:

  • Point Spreads. Spread betting is a bet on the final score and the margin of victory in a game.
  • Moneylines. Moneyline betting is when you pick the outright winner of a game or event, either one team or another. 
  • First Half & Second Half. Halves let a bettor treat the first half and the second half as separate matches. 
  • Totals aka "Over/Unders." A total, also known as an over/under, is a bet on the number of points both teams will combine to score in a game.
  • Futures. Future bets are a bet on an event that will be decided in the future (e.g., end-of-season results and awards). 
  • Player Props. A "prop" bet, short for a proposition, is a wager that is not directly tied to the final score or outcome. These can get creative.

Available Sports — You can take advantage of the different bet types to wager on these sports legally:

  • Football: NFL & CFL 
  • Basketball: NBA, WNBA, European/international basketball leagues
  • Baseball: MLB 
  • Hockey: NHL, international hockey leagues
  • Soccer: MLS, English Premier League, UEFA Champions League
  • College sports: NCAA football and basketball (except for local D.C. teams and games within district lines)
  • Golf: PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, PGA European Tour
  • Auto Racing: IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One

Additional market choices like boxing, tennis, rugby and more will also be offered at D.C.'s sportsbooks.

What can't I bet on in D.C.?

Many local sports fans may ask: "Can I place wagers on college games involving D.C. teams like the Georgetown Hoyas, George Washington Colonials, and American Eagles?" Unfortunately, the answer is no, collegiate betting in The District has special restrictions. Here is what is not allowed.

There is no wagering on in-state college teams ❌ 

What does this mean? You cannot bet on D.C. collegiate teams like the Georgetown Hoyas or the American Eagles. This applies to any district collegiate team, whether they're playing in the state or not. However, you can bet on college teams outside of the state.

No wagering on in-state collegiate events ❌ 

If there's a collegiate sporting event hosted in the District of Columbia, district residents can't legally bet on it, whether or not the teams are local. This means several bowl games, a host of neutral-site college basketball games, the Big East Tournament, Atlantic 10 Tournament, and some March Madness games over the next five years will be off-limits.

District of Columbia Sports Betting Legalization Timeline

October 2021

  • Grand Central DC Sportsbook launches at its restaurant and bar location located in D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood. The book is only available on site and is powered by Toronto-based iGaming platform Elys Game Technology. 

August 2021

  • Caesars launches inside the Capital One Arena on Aug. 2. District residents are able to place their wagers inside and within a two-mile radius of the arena.

June 2021

  • BetMGM launches inside Nationals Park. Wagers are only allowed to be placed inside and within a two-mile radius of the park. 

May 2020

  • Online sports betting launches in Washington D.C. GambetDC is the first district-exclusive sportsbook to launch.

District of Columbia Sports Betting Tips

Icon basketball Sports Betting for Beginners

New to sports betting in The District? Check out our top sports betting tips for new sports bettors so you can get started placing bets on the Washington Commanders.

Icon baseball Sports Betting Glossary

The sports betting lexicon is vast and sometimes confusing, especially to new bettors. Check out our sports betting glossary to get up to speed with every term you might need to know before placing your bets on the Washington Capitals or Wizards.

Icon football Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid

Betting on your favorite teams like the Washington Wizards might seem like a smart play, but you need to be responsible if you're going to participate in the sports betting world.

Here are the top mistakes to avoid.

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Sportsbook: MGM

Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

Sportsbook: TBD

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Sportsbook: TBD

Hollywood Casino Perryville

Sportsbook: TBD

Harrington Raceway & Casino

Sportsbook: TBD

Borgata

Sportsbook: TBD

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Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He’s a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.
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D.C. Sports Betting FAQ
Commonly asked questions about sports betting in The District.
Is online sports betting legal in D.C.?
What online sportsbooks/DFS providers are available?
How old do I have to be to bet on sports in D.C.?
Is Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) legal in D.C.?
Is it legal to bet on college sports in D.C.?