William Hill launched its sports betting app in the Nation’s capital earlier this week after securing approval from the D.C. Office of Lottery and Gaming. However, there is a catch.
Because William Hill received a Class A sports betting license, it’s mobile app is only allowed to be used within two blocks of the Capital One Arena. That’s because a Class A gaming license is reserved for facilities located inside the city’s four major sports stadiums and arenas.
William Hill is the exclusive sports betting partner of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and Washington Mystics who all play their home games at the Capital One Arena.
App Not Available Everywhere
The William Hill sports betting app will offer several types of bets including in-play wagering and parlay cards that will link multiple bets. Starting this past Tuesday, it is available for download in any Apple or Google devices. But like D.C. Lottery’s Gamebet DC sports betting app, it isn’t available for use inside federal buildings.
But while the two block radius distance from the Capital One Arena and the prohibition of use inside government buildings is a limitation for the William Hill sports betting app, it’s launch will give DC sports bettors a solid alternative from the existing Gamebet DC sports betting app. William Hill is known to give the best user experience while also offering very competitive odds.
First Sportsbook Inside U.S. Sports Venue
Last July, William Hill also launched a pop-up sportsbook inside the Capital One Arena. It is also awaiting the completion of the construction of a full-service retail sportsbook in the venue. That project is in partnership with Monumental Sports & Entertainment which owns the Wizards franchise.
Once finished in the spring of 2021, the brick and mortar William Hill sportsbook at the former Greene Turtle Bar at the corner of F and Sixth Streets NW at the arena will have a restaurant and it will offer a first-of-its-kind experience for Washington sports fans and bettors. It will also be the first retail sportsbook to operate inside a U.S. sports venue.
William Hill vs Gamebet DC
The arrival of William Hill in D.C. has given Gambet DC stiff competition. William Hill’s pop-up sportsbook took $13.7M worth of bets with a reported $2.73M in gross gaming revenues in November. In contrast, Gamebet DC took in just $3.9M in sports bet during the same month.
The launch of its sports betting app only looks to make William Hill’s D.C. presence even stronger. Aside from D.C., William Hill has offers its mobile sports betting app in seven other states, namely Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, and West Virginia. It also operates the trading services for the Rhode Island Lottery mobile app.