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Electronic Games of Skill

Current and prospective ABC licensees may apply for a Games of Skill Endorsement, which if approved, allows the license holder to install games of skill devices, expressly played to win money or property, at a restaurant, tavern, nightclub, hotel, or multipurpose facility.

The ABC Board will consider applications on a case-by-case basis and only approve applications where a legal opinion, similar to AL-19-696, has been obtained from the District’s Office of the Attorney General stating that the terminal or device is a legally permissible game of skill.

The ABC Board may also impose additional conditions they deem necessary to protect the peace, order, and quiet of the community.


Current ABC licensees must submit a Games of Skill Substantial Change Application in accordance with District Official Code § 25–762.

Prospective ABC licensees may request a Games of Skill Endorsement on their initial ABC application.

Both applications require applicants to detail the:

  1. Name of each unique electronic game of skill.
  2. Name of the manufacturer and distributor for each unique electronic game of skill.
  3. Quantity of each unique electronic game of skill.
  4. Location of where each electronic device will be located onsite.

Notice of all received applications that the ABC Board considers to be a substantial change will be given to the parties outlined in § 25-421 including affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

Members of the public may protest the change pursuant to § 25-601 and the Board will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

Additionally, licensees with Settlement Agreements are encouraged to review their agreed to terms to determine if games of skill would be allowed. Settlement Agreements can be located using ABRA’s Record Search Tool.