There hasn’t been much success betting on sports in the nation’s capital, Washington DC, as GambetDC has been heavily criticized. The mobile sports betting platform has crashed at the worst times, but the retail sportsbook locations may be able to save the market.
GamebetDC Must Make the Necessary Changes to Succeed
GamebetDC may be the most used mobile platform in the nation’s capital, but a lot of work needs to be done. Neighboring states like Maryland and Virginia have more established markets, which could convince many to cross state lines.
Virginia has become a prominent jurisdiction in the sports betting industry. Maryland has several retail sportsbook locations and may join the mobile wagering market as the state makes a giant stride forward in the right direction.
As the IOS app outage during the Super Bowl cost the app a lot of wagers and potential revenue, the positive news out of this was the Android app was working. Those near venues were able to place wagers on the biggest game of the year.
Back in March, Council member Elissa Silverman stated;
“I think everyone agrees that our current approach is abysmal and embarrassing,… “It’s embarrassing to have your sports betting app fail on the biggest sports betting day of the year, which is the Super Bowl. It’s embarrassing. “
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson wants to give the mobile platform time to make improvements in order to learn from its mistakes. There is a chance that the small mobile sports betting market could expand its reach by allowing reputable mobile bookmakers to launch their apps.
FanDuel Sportsbook Joins the Retail Market in DC
Capital One Arena is home to Caesars, and Nationals Park is home to BetMGM. The country’s most renowned sportsbook has entered the retail sports betting space in the nation’s capital as the location is officially open at Audi Field.
The venue is home to Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, as the season is currently in progress. Fans that are going to place wagers will be able to experience a unique view as a small porch area is connected to the sportsbook. The United is currently in last place in the Eastern Conference.
The location is very close to the field, and bettors will need specific field-level tickets to access the sportsbooks. During the sportsbook’s business hours, from 10 am to midnight, anyone can walk in, but the field-level view is less exciting without the athletes’ playing a game.
Can FanDuel Thrive in the DC Market?
FanDuel is the most popular sportsbook in the industry but may struggle a bit as the United has one of the worst records in the MLS. Nevertheless, United is looking to make progress as they named Wayne Rooney as its new manager.
In terms of his player resume, Rooney had an outstanding career. Rooney played for the team in 2018 before finishing his playing career with the Derby County Football Club in 2020. This is a great addition to get fans in the stadium for seasons to come.