Italy and US-focused gaming operator Newgioco Group has entered into a multi-year agreement with sports bar chain Handle 19 to provide its sports betting platform in the District of Columbia.

The agreement will see Newgioco supply its ELYS sports betting platform to Handle 19 for regulated sports betting operations in Washington DC, and follows Newgioco’s recent launch in Montana.

"After an exhaustive competitive analysis of several betting platform providers, we are very pleased to have selected Newgioco to partner with for our planned sports betting operations," said Handle 19 general manager Shane August.

"A key factor in our decision came down to the fact that the ELYS platform was developed in a fully regulated market and has both online and land-based functionality, giving us a comprehensive tool and the know-how of the Newgioco team to work closely with regulators to help shape the DC sports betting market for years to come."

Newgioco CEO Michele Ciavarella added: "We are honored to have secured the opportunity to work with Shane and his team at Handle 19 for their licensed sports betting operations. We believe that our background and experience in the tightly regulated Italian market will be highly beneficial in pioneering the sports betting market in the District of Columbia.

"We aspire to build our business in the US sports betting market by fostering strong, long-term partnerships with both tribal and non-tribal operators such as Handle 19 in real-money betting and loyalty based free-to-play programs for non-licensed establishments as the market continues to rapidly evolve across the nation."

The start of the licensing process and launch of regulated sports betting in Washington DC is currently delayed by a legal challenge against the District’s no-bid sports betting contract award to DC Lottery supplier Intralot.