What You Need to Know About D.C. Sports Betting

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Oct 19, 2021, 9:52 AM

If you’re a sports fan, you probably know that the added excitement of a wager on your team can make the game more enjoyable.

For years, the only way to experience the action was to book a trip to Vegas and line up at one of the sportsbooks. But thankfully, things have started to change, and online betting has come to the mainstream.

As online sports gambling has been heating up in recent years across the United States, many wonder if the option is available in their home state.

While many states have been cleared to offer gambling on sports, there are still a lot of details that you need to know. Here’s everything you need to be aware of when it comes to D.C. sports betting.

Washington D.C. Sports Betting FAQs

While it’s great to place a bet in your state, it’s also wise to know the ins and outs. So here are a few of the most common questions answered.

D.C. Sports Betting: Is It Legal?

Sports wagering is currently legal in Washington, D.C. Here is an official statement from the District of Columbia Government Office of Lottery and Gaming:

“Act 22-594: The Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, as amended by Act 23-2, was signed into law on January 23, 2019, and transmitted to the U.S. Congress for review on February 7, 2019. This legislation cleared congressional review and became law on May 3, 2019. The Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) adopted rules and regulations on August 30, 2019, and opened the licensing process in early December 2019.”

What Agency Regulates Sports Wagering?

The Office of Lottery and Gaming is the governing body that regulates sports wagering in D.C.

What Is the Legal Age to Place a Bet in the District of Columbia?

To place (or cash) a bet in D.C., you must be 18 years of age.

What Is the Tax Rate on Sports Betting in D.C.?

According to the IRS, sports gambling winnings are fully taxable, and you will need to report them just like any other income on your tax return. In addition, you will need to report all winnings in accordance with Federal, District, state, and local laws.

Is Wagering on College Sports Allowed?

In the District of Columbia, wagering is not allowed on any collegiate sports or athletic event in which any District of Columbia college team participates, regardless of where the event takes place.

However, wagering on college and university teams outside of the District of Columbia is permitted.

It is illegal to bet on any high school sports or sporting events.

Get In on the Action

Now that you know the details about D.C. sports betting, there’s no better time to get in on the action. The NFL and NCAAF are in full swing, and there are plenty of betting lines, futures, and prop bets for bettors.

BetMGM offers the best odds and promotions, so be sure to head to D.C. sports betting for action on all of your favorite sports teams today.

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Our BetMGM authors are sports experts, with a wealth of knowledge of the sports betting industry at all levels. Their coverage includes sports news across players, teams and coaches, providing betting previews and predictions, fun facts and more.