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Washington is moving towards a competitive betting market

By meerna Jun18,2024
Washington is moving towards a competitive betting market

Washington’s council has moved closer to implementing a competitive internet Sports Betting last week as the district’s 2025 budget includes the Sports Betting Amendment Act of 2024. The budget proposal still requires official approval from council and the mayor.

The sports betting language in the budget would allow for a lot sports betting applications to operate in Washington Currently only FanDuel has access to district-wide digital sports betting recently took over from GambetDC as the District’s premier sports betting app.

Council member Kenyan McDuffie has led the push to increase the number of mobile betting apps. ZakładMGM AND Caesar Sports Betting both operate retail sportsbooks in Washington, D.C., but neither operator has broad access to mobile sports betting.

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Debate on budget inclusion

The move towards an open sports betting market was the result of considerable debate at last week’s council meeting.

Council member Zachary Parker asked why the sports betting bill should pass through the budget and not through council committees. McDuffie cited the need to act quickly, which will enable non-FanDuel operators to keep pace with the market. Parker intended to remove sports betting language from the budget, but his amendment efforts were unsuccessful.

McDuffie blamed the DC Lottery for delays in moving into the sports betting market. He wanted to make the lottery move faster as he considered replacing the deal giving Intralot control of the sports betting market in that jurisdiction. Instead, the lottery allowed FanDuel to become a subcontractor of Intralot, which replaced GambetDC. The lottery did not appear immediately because FanDuel was a subcontractor.

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“The process was slow because the Business and Economic Development Commission was really blocked at every step by the Bureau of Lottery and Gaming,” McDuffie said. “For months they refused to publicly reveal the identity of the new subcontractor.”

Some council members also raised concerns about the potential impact on sports betting kiosks at some small businesses. McDuffie tried to alleviate those concerns, saying that “there will be a requirement that kiosks be available to those small businesses that want to have them,” whether that be through FanDuel or another operator.

Suarez ready to leave

Not only is the Washington betting market changing, but a noticeable change is coming to the DC Lottery as well. Frank Suarez, executive director of the Washington DC Lottery, will leave the lottery on July 31 to take a new position with the Connecticut Lottery.

“Frank Suarez has provided excellent leadership as executive director of the Office of Lottery and Gaming over the past three years,” said a DC Lottery spokesperson Sports handle. “We wish him all the best as he begins his new position as president and CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.”

Suarez was often at odds with McDuffie, and the two disagreed on the best path forward for the district. For years, Suarez has argued that GambetDC is the best option for sports betting in Washington. Despite his faith in GambetDC, the app consistently missed revenue projections and angered customers with its poor odds and clunky user interface.

Earlier this year, he changed his mind about GambetDC, suggesting that FanDuel should take over GambetDC as a subcontractor of Intralot. Suarez acknowledged that bringing FanDuel to the district could bring significant revenue benefits. Leaving GambetDC turned out to be financially beneficial for the district, including: FanDuel dwarfs GambetDC’s service and total revenue since it became the district’s premier sports betting app.

McDuffie, however, still believes an open market with multiple sports betting operators is best for the district. The budget proposal shows that McDuffie is getting closer to getting his wish and his days of arguing with Suarez are coming to an end.

By meerna

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