The DC Lottery is reconsidering its partnership with Intralot for the sports wagering mobile application GamebetDC, as the current contract expires in July. The lottery has faced criticism for its sole-source contract with Intralot and is now open to the idea of seeking another operator for the mobile sports betting platform.
Frank Suarez, a representative from the DC Lottery, stated at a recent meeting that the agency is looking for a bigger brand that players are familiar with and highly satisfied, leading to the consideration of a change in operator. One of the key criticisms of GamebetDC has been its disappointing performance, which is partly attributed to the lack of a competitive bidding process in the selection of Intralot as the operator.
Despite the potential change in operator, the DC Lottery is not seeking a complete replacement of GamebetDC. Instead, the agency aims to modify its contract with Intralot to require the operator to bring on a subcontractor. As a result, the mobile app could potentially feature branding from well-known online sportsbook operators such as BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and FanDuel, all of which offer retail betting in Washington, DC.
Local politicians have voiced support for this change, with Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie stating that GamebetDC has been a “dud” since its inception and calling for transparency in addressing the issues with the platform. GamebetDC has faced various issues such as offering unfavorable odds, technical difficulties, and limited bet sizes. As a result, some bettors in the city have reportedly sought superior odds from neighboring states and used alternative apps such as DraftKings and FanDuel.
Suarez acknowledged these challenges, emphasizing the need to provide players with a more user-friendly and reliable app, as well as better odds. The DC Lottery is now considering a transition to a new platform that addresses the shortcomings of GamebetDC, signaling a potential shift in the mobile sports betting landscape in Washington, DC.