Washington Approved For Sports Betting At Tribal Casinos

Washington Approved For Sports Betting At Tribal Casinos
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Washington could be the next state with sports betting during the upcoming football season.

The Seattle Times reported the U.S. Department of Interior approved sports gambling compact with several tribes that operate casinos in the state. The tribes are hoping to be ready for NFL betting in Washington, which gets going with the opening game between the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 9.

In July, the Washington Gambling Commission approved sports betting rules, which were then signed by Gov. Jay Inslee before moving to the Department of Interior.

Under the agreement, sports betting would be allowed at tribal casino sportsbooks and on mobile devices from within the land-based tribal casinos.

Betting At Casinos Only

In this new option for Washington gambling, sports betting will only be allowed at tribal casinos. The only mobile sports betting permitted will be inside one of the state’s tribal casinos.

Customers can wager at any of the kiosks inside a gaming facility that is also at a tribal casino. The state will require in-person registration for new online accounts.

In-state college sports will be off limits. During a public hearing in June, the Gaming Commission offered a tutorial on how betting would work by showing an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket. The Gonzaga and Eastern Washington games were crossed out to illustrate how the ban would work.

According to the report, the tribes approved for the sports betting license are Puyallup, Tulalip, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Cowlitz, Squaxin, Suquamish, Stillaguamish and Lummi. Applications by Muckleshoot, Swinomish, Skokomish, Kalispel, Jamestown S’Klallam, Shoalwater Bay and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation remain pending.

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