D.C. Sports Betting Revenue Nearly Doubled In 2021

On May 11 the American Gaming Association released its annual State of the States financial report which includes details about the industry in the District of Columbia. 

The report looks at all 34 states and jurisdictions where there are commercial gaming options. Right now there are 30 states or jurisdictions where some form of legal sports betting has launched either at retail sportsbooks or mobile sports betting apps. 

According to the AGA report, there was a total handle of $57.71 billion and total revenue of $4.33 billion for U.S. sports betting last year. 

The revenue totals show just how popular legal sports betting has become in America. The industry saw a $36.1 billion increase in the handle from 2020. 

District of Columbia Sports Betting Revenue

It was an impressive year for the sports betting industry in the District of Columbia, which is a separate entity from Maryland sportsbooks when it comes to sports wagering. For 2021, the industry in D.C. brought in total revenue of $26.8 million on a handle of $203.03 million. It was a 97.8% increase in the total revenue from 2020. 

The two main contributors to the total were Caesars’ retail sportsbook at Capital One Arena ($18.4 million) and DC Lottery’s GambetDC app ($7.6 million). The sports betting law passed in the city in 2019, and sports betting officially launched in 2020. 

For 2021, sports betting generated $1.9 million in total tax revenue.  A portion of the tax revenue ($200,000) went to responsible gaming services while the rest will be split between early childhood education and community engagement city funds. 

Where Sports Betting Stands in D.C. 

Washington D.C. currently offers both in-person and mobile sports betting. 

When the city passed the sports betting law it also authorized the four major sports arenas to have retail sportsbooks. The Caesars Sportsbook at Capital One Arena, home to the Washington Wizards and Capitals was the first to open. 

In February, BetMGM partnered with the Washington Nationals to open a retail sportsbook at Nationals Park. It became the first sportsbook to partner with an MLB stadium. BetMGM launched its mobile app, which allows bettors to place wagers within a two-mile radius of Nationals Park. 

Audi Field is the next possible sports arena that could be approved for a Class A license in Washington, D.C. FanDuel has partnered with Major League Soccer Club, D.C. United to become the official sportsbook at Audi if approved for the license. 

About the Author

Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.