Washington State Tribes Approaching Sports Betting After Vote

Washington State Tribes Approaching Sports Betting After Vote

Following a major vote, 15 Washington state tribes are much closer to introducing sports wagering. Sports betting might be operational by the end of August, just in time for the start of the NFL season in 2021.

The Washington state gambling commission (WSGC) recently modified tribal class III gambling compacts to allow sports betting. Seven commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the motion.  Two commissioners were not allowed to vote.

For sports betting to become operational, further government and tribe clearances are required. Each tribe had and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, must sign the amended compact. 

After that, the US Department of Interior must approve it (DOI). The department of interior has 45 days to decide on the modified compacts. Until the updated agreement is published in the federal register, sports betting will not be permitted.  

Colville, Cowlitz, Jamestown S’klallam, Kalispel, Lummi, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Shoalwater bay, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Squaxin island, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, and Tulalip are among the tribes conditionally approved for sports betting in Washington.  

Tribal gambling on major league pro sports is now legal in Washington State, according to a measure passed by the state legislature last year. Olympic activities, as well as collegiate sports, may all be bet on.

Sports betting may also be permitted at tribal casinos, as well as through mobile and web applications.

“You will need to travel to the casino premises to place a mobile or in-person wager,” Brian J. Considine, legal and legislative manager for the WSGC, explained to

Draft Rule Taking Place

The WSGC also adopted preliminary draught guidelines for tribal casino sports betting last week. The WSGC will evaluate and approve final sports wagering rules on july 28.

These rules address licensing requirements, licensing fees and reporting requirements, sport and sports wagering integrity, integrity monitoring providers, geolocation, system, and patron mobile account requirements.

Considine said.

According to ConsidineJuly, the money will be used for charity, problem gambling, smoking cessation, and community initiatives.

The commission’s vote shows the strong and collaborative cooperation between tribes and the state that has formed over the previous three decades

said Rebecca George, Executive Director of the Washington Indian Gaming Association(WIGA).

There are 29 federally recognized Tribes in Washington State.

Tribes Applaud the Commission’s Decision

We are just really excited to go from a place where we got the approval from the Legislature to 15 approved compacts

Afton Servas, spokeswoman for the Kalispel Tribe, was quoted by The Spokesman-Review newspaper last week.

Jaison Elkins, chairman of the Muckleshoot Tribe, was additionally quoted by the newspaper that

The effects of poverty, neglect and disease are not easily overcome…. We use every dollar from gaming.

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