D.C. online gambling delayed

July 11, 2011

The District’s plans to launch an online casino have been delayed at least until October, city officials said.

“It could be October, it could be November, it could be next year,” said council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who held a hearing on the plans last month.

After the council hearing, lottery officials said they were targeting Sept. 8 to begin online betting at private homes and perhaps a few commercial sites, but both have now been pushed back.

Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large), who pushed the legislation to allow online gambling within city limits, said the effort “is going to start this fall.”

In response to council concerns, D.C. Lottery officials released plans Monday for a citywide listening tour, with stops in each ward and opportunities for residents, community associations and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions to weigh in.

All commercial locations where officials propose to allow people to access the city’s planned gambling site, igamingdc.com, will be posted 60 days before any decision is made, according to the rules. Lottery Executive Director Buddy Roogow said “any facility, commercial or public in nature,” including possible WiFi access points at government buildings, will have the same public review period.

Mike Laris came to Post by way of Los Angeles and Beijing. He’s written about the world’s greatest holstein bull, earth’s biggest pork producer, home builders, the homeless, steel workers and Italian tumors.
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