Rejoice, District residents: you’re no longer stuck with Intralot‘s underwhelming DC sports betting platform and odds.
William Hill soft-launched its temporary retail sportsbook Friday in the box office of Capital One Arena, with a grand opening planned for Monday. The sportsbook represents the first retail iteration a William Hill partnership deal with owner Ted Leonsis for sports betting in Washington, D.C. signed last year.
The temporary facility will utilize the ticket windows at Capital One Arena to take wagers while no teams play at the facility. William Hill also will utilize sports betting kiosks to take wagers.
The ceremonial first bets placed Monday will come from inaugural season ticket holders from the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. The NHL‘s Capitals, the NBA‘s Wizards, and the WNBA‘s Mystics are playing in restart bubbles in the United States and Canada.
Another DC sports betting option
William Hill’s opening could bring relief to a DC sports betting market suffocated by the DC Lottery’s stumbling GambetDC platform.
The long-delayed online and mobile platforms feature uncompetitive odds and a challenging signup process, confirming the concerns of those who fought the seemingly greased process. The district’s council agreed to a no-bid monopoly for lottery provider Intralot in February 2019.