The start of NFL season is just around the corner. However, it looks like sports bettors in DC can’t bet on the games during Week 1. In fact, players need to wait for several weeks for the DC sports bookie launch. The Office of Lottery and Gaming hasn’t formulated sports wagering rules as of press time.
The Office of Lottery and Gaming previous announced that the DC sports betting launch will be before the start of the NFL season. However, the application for licenses will start in September. The approval process for provisional licenses will take around 30 to 45 days. Standard licenses will take three to six months.
Office of Lottery and Gaming told pay per head bookie news sites that they are committed to establishing a regulatory framework. In addition, they want to ensure the integrity of sports betting operations in DC.
DC Sports Bookie Launch Delayed
The DC Council decided to waive off procedures on mobile betting to fast track the process. However, the controversial move was not enough to launch sports betting in time for the football season.
The DC Council awarded a $215 million contract to its existing lottery operator, Intralot, to run its mobile sports betting operations. However, the deal became controversial because the firm’s local partners have connections to politicians.
Bookiepphsolutions.com learned that Councilmember Jack Evans is being investigated by the FBI for unknown reasons. Evans headed the push to liberalize sports betting in DC. The DC Council approved the Intralot deal despite questions from some councilmembers.
It gives Intralot the monopoly on mobile sports wagering. That means other bookie pay per head solution providers can’t offer their mobile products in DC. In fairness, Intralot supported an open market in the area.
The firm has a high-hold model that will return 70 to 80 percent of the betting handle to players. However, this is less than the 95 percent in Las Vegas and typical pay per head operations. That means people might still prefer to place their bets on the black market.