Sports betting giant William Hill has launched a mobile sports betting app in Washington DC.
The US sports betting giant William Hill has announced the launch of a mobile sports wagering app in Washington DC.
This comes after Washington DC’s bettors wagered a combined $17.6m on sporting events in November across William Hill and the DC Lottery’s Gambet sportsbook platform.
William Hill’s DC app
With the launch of its sportsbook app, William Hill has expanded its presence in the US capital to include both land-based at the Capital One Arena and mobile sports betting.
DC bettors will now be able to place sports wagers via the William Hill app as long as they are within a two-block radius of the Capital One Arena.
While William Hill’s betting app will not allow for true district-wide mobile betting due to the geographical restrictions imposed by the state’s sports betting laws, it does make betting with William Hill in DC slightly easier as bettors will be able to avoid queues and bet on a wider range of markets.
The new sportsbook app will be available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices.
William Hill vs Gambet DC
With the launch of its new sportsbook app, William Hill may lengthen the gap between the DC Lottery’s Gambet DC product.
Since launching its land-based sportsbook at the Capital One Arena, William Hill has managed to dominate the DC betting market.
Although the DC Lottery’s Gambet DC product has a monopoly on mobile and online betting in the nation’s capital, the DC Lottery has lost significant ground to William Hill.
According to the latest figures from the DC Lottery, William Hill’s land-based sportsbook at the Capital One Arena continued to dominate the DC sports betting market in November after bettors wagered $13.7m on sporting events. Meanwhile, bettors wagered $3.9m on sports with Gambet representing a 6.7% drop on the $4.2m wagered with the app the month prior.
The DC Lottery’s betting platform has been mired in controversy since it was announced that the DC Council voted to skip the standard bidding process and grant the district’s sports betting contract to Intralot, giving the Greek company a monopoly on the market.
In addition to this, the Gambet DC platform launch was delayed several times and features uncompetitive odds and a lengthy signup process. The Lottery’s sports betting platform did not take its first sports for more than 15 months after receiving approval.