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At least six local bars in the District started the application process to qualify for a sports gambling license so you can place a wager over nachos. Those bars include Dirty Water Sports Bar and Duffy’s Irish Pub in the H Street NE Corridor, Wet Dog Tavern and soon-to-be-open Lyve around the U Street NW corridor, Lou’s City Bar in Columbia Heights, and The Brig in Navy Yard. 

Sports betting won’t be ready in time for the NFL season, as DC Lottery, which will oversee this, is still finalizing the rules and not accepting licensing applications until September. Nevertheless, businesses are preparing. 

“Depending what type of kiosks we’re allowed, I anticipate them to be majority self service,” says Dirty Water owner Todd Luongo. “We already have a self-service jukebox, Skee-Ball, photo booth. It’ll just be a couple more kiosks. There will obviously be some training involved, but nothing to change the profile of the bar or operations in any large way. It’s not like we’re building a casino with a cage.”

Read City Paper’s full story for the ins and outs. (H/t to WTOP, who first reported the story.)

Real quick—how is this legal? 

In the 2018 decision, Murphy v. NCAA, the Supreme Court essentially paved the way for D.C. to sign sports betting into law in January. So now sports arenas, bars, restaurants, convenience stores, and even hotels can get a sports gambling license. At least 11 other states have a similar law. SB Nation has a tracker.  —Amanda Michelle Gomez (agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)


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