GambetDC, the sports gaming website of the DC Lottery, has now finally gone live online following a gap of two months that would have originally seen it launch in late March / early April.
However, a smartphone app is scheduled to follow in June with the COVID-19 sporting shutdown having postponed its original launch. Last night, the ‘soft launch’ as it is named, was launched with officials using it to give punters a taste of what will come after returning to a post-coronavirus environment from usual live sports operations.
A statement on the Website of GambetDC 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!”
With regard to the use of the GambetDC platform, those 18 and over can position bets on the product within city limits, except for federal enclaves or within two blocks of the Audi Field, Capital One Arena, Nationals Park and Entertainment and Sports Arena.
Because of its usability depending on the position of the users , it is important for the platform to make use of some form of location verification, which was itself criticised by users because of failures. Additionally , due to odds, GambetDC has received additional negative publicity, with its high-cost wagers attracting particular unwanted attention.
The statement by GambetDC 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.”
The competitions currently available to wager on are, as it stands, limited to football, mixed martial arts and darts. Further activities are mentioned for potential implementation.
— GambetDC (@GambetDC) May 28, 2020