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“It was the first time that I’d seen an organized effort to prevent the repeal,” he said. “They had obviously been coached.”

Mr. Wells said it is unclear who funded the effort, although he was not surprised after seeing “a lot of money” put into the slots debate in prior years.

It is unclear whether Mr. Wells will gather enough votes on the council to repeal its own passage of iGaming into law. However, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has said he opposes all gambling.