The best promo codes and deposit bonuses available at DC sportsbooks.
While DC’s geographically-limited sportsbooks – featured exclusively within or near Washington’s marquee sports venues – have been thriving since sports betting was legalized, the DC Lottery-run mobile sports betting operator has struggled to keep up. And if that continues, it’ll be difficult for DC to justify its mobile market monopoly. Here's a look at the top sports betting bonuses that could eventually be available to DC-based players.
Here's a look at the current sign-up bonuses for the most prominent sports betting sites operating in DC, along with a handful you might expect to see down the road:
If your first qualifying wager loses, Caesars will credit you a free bet equal to the value of your first wager up to $1,250, plus get 1,000 Tier Credits and 1,000 Reward Credits® win or lose. Your Free Bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
If your first qualifying bet loses and it is in an amount greater than $50, you will receive five (5) free bets back in equal denominations of 20% of the total amount of the qualifying bet up to $1,000. If your qualifying bet loses and it is less than $50, you will receive a single free bet back in a single denomination equaling the total amount of the qualifying bet. Example: If you place a $1,000 qualifying bet and your bet loses, you will receive five (5) $200 free bets. If you place a $49 bet and lose, you will receive one $49 free bet.
FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000. If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.
At DraftKings, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, far from generous considering, DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant. The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player. PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users in most regions. They try and word it differently sometimes calling it a “2 for 1” but it’s a standard risk-free new player bonus. With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet, not deposit, up to $1,000.
|Caesars||$1,250 Free Bet + Credits||✅ No Code Required|
|BetMGM||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
|FanDuel||$1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"||✅ No Code Required|
|DraftKings||20% Deposit Match up to $1,000||✅ No Code Required|
|PointsBet||5 Risk-free Bets up to $500||✅ No Code Required|
|Barstool||$1,000 Risk-free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
Like most U.S. states, DC has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The DC chapter of the National Council on Problem Gambling (where the organization is based) is the district’s main resource for players who seek help. It provides access to treatment programs, screening tools and a host of self-help resources.
Visit the National Council on Problem Gambling site.
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to DC bettors; here are the marquee sports on which they can wager:
The U.S. capital is full of NFL fans – and they're blessed with two industry heavy hitters in Caesars and BetMGM who boast countless football betting markets. Whether you're looking to lay a futures wager on a Super Bowl hopeful, loading up on a player's rushing prop or making a few fun bets on the season-ending Big Game, DC sports betting sites have you covered.
College football is, for most states, the No. 2 sport in terms of overall handle over the course of the sports calendar – and while that might surprise those who don't follow the sport, it is no shock to NCAA die-hards. From the Week 0 slate to the final batch of year-end bowl games, DC sports betting sites are here to serve with hundreds of markets for most games.
Capital One Arena – home to the NBA's Washington Wizards – made history on May
26, 2021, becoming the first North American sports venue in history to
open a sportsbook on site. Fans can not only wager on the hometown team, they can also partake in any number of betting opportunities involving the rest of the league's 29 franchises.
Are you looking for other basketball betting opportunities outside of the pros? Give NCAA hoops wagering a try! While DC bettors aren't permitted to wager on teams from within the district, they're welcome to bet on any other matchup – and there are a lot of markets available, especially as sportsbooks gear up leading into (and including) March Madness.
Might the BetMGM Sportsbook at Nationals Park serve as the blueprint for future sports betting bars and lounges at other MLB parks? The pioneering sports bar boasts multiple big screens, six betting windows, 17 kiosks and a 40 foot bar within its 4,000 square feet of space – and with street-level access, it can be open year-round.
Capital One Arena isn't just home to the Wizards – DC's NHL representative plays there, too. And that means up-close-and-personal betting opportunities for fans of the Washington Capitals. A 1,500-square-foot LED screen greets patrons outside the sportsbook – and once inside, they have access to several big-screen TVs along with 17 betting windows and 12 self-serve kiosks.
When it comes to individual sports, few compare with golf in terms of depth and breadth of betting markets – and those numbers should continue to grow over time. Bet on one player to win the tournament, another to finish in the top-10, and a third to miss the cut entirely – the number of betting opportunities is immense, particularly come major tournament time.
It might be last on this list, but it is far from the lowest priority for sports bettors around the globe. Soccer has been part of the international betting scene for decades, and there are more than enough footy fanatics on this side of the pond to support the markets provided by the U.S. regulated heavy hitters. Many marquee matchups feature hundreds of wagering opportunities.
Many sportsbooks will offer you a free bet or several free bets as a reward for choosing them ahead of the competition. However, you should not expect a free bet offer to come with no strings attached. You will generally have to deposit your own money to unlock the free bet and then place several bets at a specific minimum set of odds before you can make a withdrawal.
Betting bonuses are awarded to new players to encourage them to sign up or to existing players so they remain loyal. They include match deposit bonuses, reload bonuses, boosted odds bonuses, and much more. They vary from one sportsbook to the next, so you should always shop around for the most appealing free bets and sign up for multiple books to enjoy several free bet offers. Always check the terms and conditions attached to free bets before accepting them.
This refers to the number of bets you must place before you are permitted to make a withdrawal. It applies to sign-up free bet bonuses and reload free bet bonuses. A typical rollover requirement would be 6x, which means you must wager your credit six times (place at least six bets) at a certain minimum price before you can make a withdrawal. The rollover requirement generally applies to the cash you deposit as well as the free bets you receive.