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D.C. gambling revenue reaches new record

Despite the state’s short history regarding legal gambling - being one of the few jurisdictions in the country that doesn’t feature a land-based gambling facility like casinos and race tracks - sportsbooks in Washington D.C. reported a record $4.4 million in sports betting revenue in November, while reports released by DC Lottery also revealed a significant year-on-year increase in betting handle for the state’s lotto.

Author:Darren Mcpherson
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Jan 14, 2022
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Despite the state’s short history regarding legal gambling - being one of the few jurisdictions in the country that doesn’t feature a land-based gambling facility like casinos and race tracks - sportsbooks in Washington D.C. reported a record $4.4 million in sports betting revenue in November, while reports released by DC Lottery also revealed a significant year-on-year increase in betting handle for the state’s lotto. Smaller in size than all states in the country and subject to oversight from a federal government that has historically had a fickle relationship with gambling, D.C. still has a long way to go to become a competitive gambling market in the United States. However, this is slowly changing, as new legislation is passed in other states around the country, which may compel council members in D.C. to take up once again on online gambling proposals. For a state of comparison, Michigan, a state that had recently launched a few iGaming activities such as online casinos, online sportsbooks, and online instant win games, recorded more than $450 million in gross revenue, while New Jersey, who surpassed Nevada for the largest sports betting handle in the country, became the first state to reach more than $1 billion in total sports betting handle.

New Highs For D.C.

New highs
New highs
Combined customer spending at Caesars Entertainment, DC Lottery’s Gambet brand, BetMGM, and Grand Central totaled $21.4 million in November, up 21.6 percent from $17.6 million in the same month of 2020 but down 18.6 percent from the record $26.3 million in October 2021. Revenue increased by 22.2 percent year-on-year from $3.6 million in November 2020, and it was also 175 percent higher than $1.6 million in October 2021. Caesars, which operates an online mobile sportsbook as well as a retail sportsbook inside Capital One Arena, was the clear market leader in D.C., earning $3.0 million on a handle of $13.9 million. The Caesars sportsbook was formerly managed by William Hill, but it was renamed after Caesars purchased the United Kingdom based operator in April 2021. Gambet, run by the DC Lottery and powered by Intralot, came in second with $1.1 million in revenue and $5.2 handle. BetMGM, which operates in Washington D.C. through a partnership with the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, reported revenue of more than $250,000 after processing $1.8 million in wagers. Finally, Grand Central Restaurant, Bar, and Sportsbook, which began operations in the market in early October 2021 in collaboration with Elys Game Technology, reported over $60,000 in revenue from a handle of almost $500,000.
Retail sports betting
Retail sports betting
Neighboring state Maryland has finally opened its regulated sports betting market in December, with state Governor Larry Hogan placing the first legal betat MGM National Harbor.
The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission, established by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission, issued in December five sports betting licenses to land-based venues, with projections for taking the first legal bets within two months.
The venues which were able to secure licenses include Caesars Entertainment’s Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, Penn National’s Hollywood Casino in Perryville, and Churchill Downs’ Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin, with all five having been previously cleared by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission to receive licenses.
Governor Larry Hogan marked the milestone by making the state’s first bet on the Washington Football Team to face the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl LVI, to be played in February 2022, at the MGM National Harbor, which was the first venue to launch its regulated retail sportsbook.
“Today marks the culmination of more than a year of effort to get sports betting up and running here in the State of Maryland,” Governor Hogan said at the occasion. “In addition to allowing Marylanders to bet on football, basketball, and more, sports betting will also help to keep more dollars in-state and will provide another critical revenue source for public education without raising taxes on families and small-businesses.”
“The BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge at MGM National Harbor is a key component to making the capital region one of the country’s premier sports betting hubs,” BetMGM chief executive Adam Greenblatt said. “In partnership with the MGM National Harbor team, we’ve designed a world-class destination for sports fans.”
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Darren Mcpherson

Darren Mcpherson

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Darren Mcpherson brings over 9 years of experience in politics, business, investing, and banking to his writing. He holds degrees in Economics from Harvard University and Political Science from Stanford University, with certifications in Financial Management. Renowned for his insightful analyses and strategic awareness, Darren has contributed to reputable publications and served in advisory roles for influential entities. Outside the boardroom, Darren enjoys playing chess, collecting rare books, attending technology conferences, and mentoring young professionals. His dedication to excellence and understanding of global finance and governance make him a trusted and authoritative voice in his field.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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