It’s been a long battle for tribal legal sports betting in the State of Washington. Back in April, the state made amendment to its gaming laws in a unanimous decision. The next step came in July with the Washington State Gambling Authority unanimous approval for the sports wagering licensing rules. Today, last step came to fruition as Washington Tribal Casinos get Federal Approval for Sports Betting.
According to the latest registry entry by U.S. Department of the Interior the following Tribal casinos got the go ahead. These include the Puyallup, Tulalip, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Cowlitz, Squaxin, Suquamish, Stillaguamish and Lummi tribes.
However, the Muckleshoot, Swinomish, Skokomish, Kalispel, Jamestown S’Klallam, Shoalwater Bay and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation applications remain pending.
According to Bookie Pay Per Head Services, the gambling commission expects the other tries to receive approval shortly. In the meanwhile, the tribal casinos are all working towards being live in time for the NFL season.
Washington Tribal Casinos get Federal Approval for Sports Betting in Time for the NFL
For the most part, most tribes have already been working on getting their online sportsbook operation up and running. The goal is of course, to be able to take bets before Week 1 of the NFL Season start. At the moment, several tribes are in the process of finalizing vendors and other steps to support sports betting. While becoming a bookie is a long and difficult process, most tribal casinos should be ready on time.
According to the sports betting law in Washington, gamblers can bet on professional sports and most sporting events. However, they will not be able to bet on in-state college team. This means that they can bet on the Washington Wizards but not on the Washington Huskies.
At the moment, only in-person sports betting will be available at tribal casino sportsbooks. Online sports wagering will also be available but only on tribal casino properties.
There are a total of 29 tribes in the state of Washington that have a class III gaming compact. However, only 22 of those tribes operate 29 gaming facilities in the state.