William Hill opens betting office in Capital One Arena in Washington

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Maximilian Deininger 7. August 2020

The British bookmaker William Hill has a betting office in the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. opened. In the multifunctional arena, the ice hockey team (Washington Capitals) from the NHL and the basketball team (Washington Wizards) from the NBA are playing their home games. The opening of the sports betting branch, which had been planned for a long time, had repeatedly shifted to the rear due to the Corona pandemic, which is why William Hill also temporarily establishes itself in the area of the arena. Furthermore, strict security and hygiene measures for the personnel and the customers, who were complied with at the official opening date, were complied with by all sports fans at their first betting certificate.

The bookmaker William Hill opens sports betting branch in the Capital One Arena in Washington. ((© Oskaline/Pixabay)

William Hill goes in D.C. a unique step

The opening of a betting shop within a sports arena is a novelty for the US gaming market and will massively change the era of sports betting. The opening was celebrated accordingly. Noisy a report by ESPN Be the British bookmaker William Hill Only the second private gambling giant, which is officially permitted in the District of Columbia (D.C.) to offer legal sports betting.

“The opening was really driven by the announcement when the sport would be resumed. Baseball has just started and the NBA and NHL will start again. … and so we wanted to try to open a temporary facility as soon as possible with the return of sport. ” – Joe Asher, Chief Executive desk Sportwetten Anbieter William Hill, Tageszeitung Washington Post

In addition to the betting agency, in which bets can be placed with cash, and the right betting terminals will also have the possibility of sports and betting enthusiasts in the arena in the future, over A special app for online sports betting easy to place your bets. However, the app can only be used on site in the Capital One Arena. However, the offer for customers is comprehensive.

Legalization of online sports betting in the state of Washington. In 2018, the state’s highest court, the US Supreme Court, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PasPA) declared unconstitutional. As a result, Washington D.C. also decided to legalize sports betting. In 2019, the first gambling license was awarded by the gaming authority to the Greek sports betting provider intralot. The story of intralot was not really successful. This was above all due to the low betting odds and the strongly limited betting offer. But other bookmakers also followed the way and got a good luck license. William Hill is a successful example.

Sport events in the arena still far away

Due to the critical situation due to the continued spreading corona pandemic In the USA are Sports events with spectators are currently prohibited. The leagues NBA, NHL or baseball are played in so-called corona bubbles, i.e. self-contained areas without with the outside world. This is also an ideal opportunity for the fans to participate in sports in times of Corona. In a conversation with the daily newspaper Washington Post, Jim van Stone, Chief Commercial Officer from Monumental Sports, the owner of the Capital One Arena said:

“Our fans have a passion for sport and although we are currently unable to play sports events, the fact that they come here and potentially give bets on their favorite team is a fantastic opportunity for us to get in touch with them. In the long term, it is very exciting for all of us to bring people back into the building as soon as we have overcome this pandemy situation. We believe that the complete completion of the functional sports competition terminals will really mean a change for us at the end of autumn. ” – Jim Van Stone, Chief Commercial Officer von Monumental Sports, Tageszeitung Washington Post

The fans from the capital still have to be a little next sport event in your own arena be patient. The Washington Capitals, the NHL team from Washington D.C. Canada will be played in the Scotiabank Arena, Canada. The NBA team from the capital, the Washington Wizards, who also play their home games in the Capital One Arena, are also active in the Visa Athletic Center in Orlando, Florida.