As numerous states legalize sports betting, one jurisdiction doing things a little differently is the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
According to a report from WTOP, the CBS affiliate TV station in Washington, three sports bars in the area are looking to allow customers to bet on sports at their facilities.
According to WTOP, three bars in the D.C. area have applied for the new liquor licenses, which could be the first step towards apply asking the state for sports betting licenses too. Duffy’s Irish Pub, Wet Dog Tavern and The Brig have all banded together in hopes of creating their own gaming platform, which will then let customers bet on sports at those bars.
All three bars supplied applications to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to WRC-TV, the NBC television affiliate in D.C.
Plans are already in the works to allow sports betting at the arenas where the Washington Wizards and Capitals play. The bars and restaurants see the gold rush and want a piece of the pie too.
At this point, it is uncertain if the state or the D.C. Lottery – the government-run body that oversees gaming – will allow this. But applying for the new liquor license was the first step.
Applying for and earning this new liquor license is the first step towards getting a gaming license. The license will have to be approved by the city’s ABRA.
Outside of a one-page application on the ABRA website, there is very little information for the restaurants and bars to rely on. However, applying for this license is part of the process.
In terms of timelines, there is no clear indication when these new applications will be reviewed or when the licenses will be doled out.
Intralot, which oversees the D.C. Lottery system, has sole oversight over sports betting. There are now three ways that gaming is allowed in D.C.: Through the D.C. Lottery, at large locations such as stadiums and sports arenas (Class A licenses) and at smaller venues like bars (Class B licenses). The D.C. Lottery is in the process of making its own gaming system. Meanwhile, for the other two options, the D.C. Lottery has to issue gaming licenses before sports betting can move forward.
The challenge right now is that it is unclear how many of each license will be granted.