Punters in D.C. will have to wait. Sports betting app in Washington D.C. will now be launched in March.
The state gambling regulators, in an announcement on Friday, confirmed that the sports betting app in the state would not be launched until March. Earlier it was expected to be launched by the end of January.
Uk-based Capital One Arena is the only bookmaker that has applied for a sportsbook license in the state, reports the Washington Post.
According to the sports betting regulations, anyone who is from Washington or visiting the state will be able to place wagers on sporting events at gambling kiosks, arenas, licensed restaurants and bars and on a city-owned app.
But D.C’s sports betting regulations have been challenged on legal grounds and amidst incessant legal hurdles, the launch of sports betting operations in the state continues to get delayed.
To begin with, it was estimated that the sports betting app would be launched before the NFL season that kicked off in the first week of September.
While that would have been a great time to launch the app, but unfortunately, the program got delayed as the city was slapped with a lawsuit and a judge ordered to halt its sports betting plans.
D.C. Lottery that is monitoring the launch of sports betting in the state at that time had said that the app will be launched in January 2020. However, now the gambling regulator has said that it would not be launched until March.
According to the existing sports gambling regulations, the minimum age to access the prospective sports betting app is 18. The app could be accessed only from within the city.
Sports gambling is gaining popularity in the US and the market is taking quantum leaps. There are already 13 US states that have launched sports betting operations and over half a dozen are in the process.