Bills Mafia Watering Hole Gets Washington DC Betting License

Posted By Mike Mazzeo on September 3, 2021

Beer, wings, beef on weck, and bets.

It can’t get much better for members of the Bills Mafia who live in DC.

Last week, the Adam Morgans watering hole Grand Central, a favorite establishment of Bills’ fans residing in The District, became the first DC bar to secure a sports betting license.

Buffalo has high expectations after going 13-3 with star quarterback Josh Allen under center last year.

According to Eater, Grand Central plans to have a staffed ticket teller window and two betting kiosks set up by October.

How the DC bar secured its sports betting license

The bar’s co-owner, Brian Vasile, told Eater that it took nine months to secure a Class B license from the DC Office of Lottery and Gaming. That required Vasile to pay $100,000 for an initial five-year agreement.

As stated in a press release, “The Class B license allows for the operation of a full-service, independent sportsbook with no restrictions on maximum bets and all winnings can be redeemed on-site.”

The sportsbook will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

DC bar betting on financial windfall

The addition of the sportsbook should be a boon for business.

“I can’t put a dollar amount on it, but I can absolutely say it should rival the food and beverage sales,” Vasile told Eater.

According to the press release, sports betting will be operational on-site with odds provided by Elys Game Technology Corp. An on-site sportsbook app that can only be used within the restaurant is expected in 2022. Elys will provide the kiosks as well as the digital sports betting system.

“We have been a part of the vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood since Grand Central opened in 2007,” Vasile said in the press release. “We are looking forward to offering our customers an extraordinary experience to bet on their favorite teams while enjoying lunch, dinner, or team events and special games — or even just dropping in to place a bet. We are hoping to be a part of the positive economic growth of this rooted residential and commercial neighborhood, as well as the greater D.C. area.”

Photo by AP / Joshua Bessex
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Mike Mazzeo has covered New York sports since 2010, previously working as a beat writer and columnist for ESPN (Nets), Yahoo Sports (NBA/MLB) and the New York Daily News (Yankees). His work has also been published in the New York Times, New York Post, Forbes and The Ringer.

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