Bills Mafia Watering Hole Gets Washington DC Betting License

Written By Mike Mazzeo on September 3, 2021
Washington DC Bills Bar

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 is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN NewYork.com. He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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