DC Lottery launches GambetDC sports betting platform

Following a delayed launch that would have seen it arrive in late March/early April, the DC Lottery’s sports gambling platform GambetDC has now officially gone live online, with a mobile app expected to follow in June. 

With its original launch postponed due to the COVID-19 caused sporting shutdown, the ‘soft launch’ as it’s being called, was unveiled last night with officials giving users a taste of what is to come upon the return of normal live sporting operations in a post coronavirus world. 

A statement on GambetDC’s website read: “GambetDC is Washington, DC’s new betting experience that makes live betting and wagering on sporting events just as easy as watching them. 

“Whether you bet using the GambetDC app or website, you can bet with friends, have fun, game responsibly, and join a community of winners. Bet on the home team, any team or game around the globe. Whenever and wherever there is a sports competition, GambetDC is at your fingertips. It’s easy. It’s secure and is brought to you by the DC Lottery.

“Unlike any other sports betting offering in the District, GambetDC is powered by the DC Lottery – the same Lottery you’ve known and trusted since 1982. Like the DC Lottery’s traditional lottery games, net revenues generated from GambetDC are returned to the District’s General Fund to directly benefit the residents and the economic vitality of the District of Columbia – that’s a win-win!”

Despite its anticipated launch, the platform has come under rapid fire criticism in regards to both its odds and infrastructure, with its high-cost wagers and location verification glitches particularly drawing unwanted attention. 

Regarding the usage of the GambetDC platform, those 18 and over will be permitted to place bets on the product within city limits, except for federal enclaves or within two blocks of Audi Field, Capital One Arena, Nationals Park and Entertainment and Sports Arena.

The GambetDC statement continued: “We know that there is a  limited number of events to wager on but we wanted to provide you with an opportunity to get familiar with the platform in preparation for the return of sports.”

As it stands, the events currently available to be wagered on is limited to football, mixed martial arts and darts, however, further events are listed to be introduced in the future.