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10/05/2021

Restaurant Sports Betting Arrives in DC

Grand Central Restaurant and Bar teams up with Elys Game Technology to debut sports betting concept.
Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Diners at Grand Central Restaurant & Bar in Washington, D.C., can now place real-money sports bets within the restaurant premises. 

Grand Central teamed up with Elys Game Technology Corp., an interactive gaming and sports betting technology company.

Grand Central obtained a Class B operator license from the District of Columbia’s Office of Lottery and Gaming to operate a sportsbook, and with US Bookmaking advising on risk management and bookmaking services, the company commenced licensed sportsbook operations in the United States with the opening event on October 4.

Elys Game Technology said it expects that Grand Central and the integration of legalized sports betting operations within the restaurant venue could be a valuable template for numerous other small businesses across North America and provide an important live location for Elys to showcase its end-to-end sports betting technology and services also to casino operators, restaurant chains and other small business entrepreneurs.

Elys is currently operational in both online and retail channels throughout Italy via approximately 1,200 web-shops and is now live in North America with 6 tribal casino customers. The company is planning to process applications to offer sports wagering through its  betting platform to large and small casinos and independent business venues in the U.S. and Canada. The provisional OLG’s Standard Management Services Provider License granted to the company expires August 26, 2022.