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FanDuel to Replace GambetDC as DC’s Sports Betting Operator.



This week, Council Member Kenyan McDuffie has introduced legislation aiming to expand the availability of mobile sports betting apps within the district, signaling a potential shift from the longstanding underperformance of the current system. For the past five years, sports betting in D.C. has been exclusively facilitated through the GambetDC app, operated by the D.C. Lottery, and restricted to D.C. residents only. However, recent data suggests that residents have been contributing a substantial amount, approximately $15 million, to the economies of neighboring Maryland and Virginia by crossing borders to place bets.

The decision to grant a single provider exclusive rights was met with controversy upon its inception. However, a recent announcement from the Office of Lottery and Gaming revealed that the popular app FanDuel will be taking over as the sole sports betting provider come spring. Expressing frustration at the delayed action, Council Member Kenyan McDuffie has introduced additional legislation this week, aiming to introduce more competition into the online sports betting landscape beyond the current monopoly.

While there are other companies with brick-and-mortar locations offering online betting platforms, their accessibility within the district is severely limited. McDuffie’s proposed bill seeks to change this dynamic. The Office of Lottery and Gaming has stated that they are still evaluating the proposed bill’s implications.

Data released by Kenyan McDuffie’s office indicates that online sports betting in the district has yielded just over four million dollars in revenue over its first five years, falling significantly short of initial expectations. With the transition to FanDuel, it is estimated that the district could conservatively generate an additional $10 million in annual revenue. While the exact fiscal impact of passing McDuffie’s bill remains uncertain, it is seen as a promising improvement over the current system.

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