Washington, D.C. Welcomes New Year With William Hill Mobile Sports Book

  • Washingtonians can only place mobile wagers within two blocks of Capital One Arena
  • D.C.’s Class A license restricts wagering to facilities in select arenas and stadiums in the city
  • William Hill said it would open a new, full-service retail sportsbook in D.C. in early 2021


Capital One Arena
Pre-New Year’s cheer arrived in Washington, D.C. for bettors after William Hill launched its mobile sportsbook on Tuesday. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Mobile, but in a limited area

Bettors in Washington, D.C., have something extra to celebrate this New Year, as William Hill rolled out its mobile sportsbook in the national capital just in time for 2021.

William Hill’s D.C. twitter feed announced the sportsbook had gone live on Tuesday:

Washingtonians wanting to place a wager, however, will need to head on down to D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. This is because betting via the new mobile sportsbook is only available within two blocks of Capital One Arena, which is where William Hill’s pop-up venue is located.

App peachy for D.C.

In line with William Hill’s current Class A sports betting license, corresponding D.C. regulations restrict wagering activity to the Capital One Arena area only, as this type of license is specifically for sportsbooks within the city’s four main arenas and sports stadiums. 

According to an official news release, the William Hill mobile app furnishes bettors in the District with a wide selection of markets and wagering options, including Parlay Cards.

The app also features deposit and withdrawal functionality and is downloadable on Android and Apple devices after getting the nod from the D.C. Office of Lottery and Gaming, which administers the US capital’s sports betting program.

With live InPlay wagering available, Washingtonians can wager on their favorite teams while games are in progress. What gives this option extra local flavor is that William Hill is the exclusive sports betting partner of top D.C. franchises and brands such as the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, and Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

Onwards and outwards

In July 2020, William Hill launched a pop-up sports book at the Capital One Arena. Although currently offering limited window access, a permanent retail version is in the cards to occupy the site of the former Greene Turtle bar at the corner of F and Sixth streets NW across the street from the arena, the Washington Business Journal said.

full-service sportsbook will launch, along with a restaurant, in early 2021

William Hill US said in the news release that the full-service sportsbook would launch, along with a restaurant, in early 2021.

Following the launch of its mobile sports betting app in Washington D.C., William Hill now boasts mobile betting in eight US jurisdictions, including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

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