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Washington State Gambling Commission Gives Go-Ahead to Sports Betting Licensing Rules

A unanimous vote by the Washington State Gambling Commission has outrightly approved the sports wagering licensing rules within. These rules will become active and legal on August 30, 2021, clearing the way for licenses to be granted to vendors.

To be able to obtain such, a vendor must have gone through the licensing process successfully. That needs to take place on August 30 or after. Licenses will then be approved by the tribal gaming agencies as well as the state’s Gambling Commission. Should they pass through all of this with flying colors, then sports betting services can be provided to tribal sportsbooks.

Sports betting is then able to begin in Washington State after compact amendments are fully approved by the Department of Interior. As things stand at the moment, a total of 16 tribes have approved those amendments to sports wagering in front of the department. Those tribes consist of:

  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Cowlitz
  • Jamestown S’Klallam
  • Kalispel
  • Muckleshoot
  • Puyallup
  • Shoalwater Bay
  • Snoqualmie
  • Spokane
  • Squaxin Island
  • Stillaguamish
  • Tulalip
  • Skokomish
  • Lummi Nation

Washington State was the first U.S. location to enact a new sports betting law in 2020. The Gambling Act (RCW 9.46) incorporates all of the necessary rules and laws, and this includes provisions against money laundering and for sports integrity. Operating alongside this, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which was established in 1988, ensures that Native American tribes can conduct Class III gaming activities, and this must take place on Indian lands.

Compacts on behalf of the state must be done by the Gambling Commission, as RCW 9.46.360 notes. Washington State is currently home to 29 recognized tribes, and all of them possess a Class III gaming compact. As things stand, for the time being, 29 gambling establishments are operated by 22 of the Indian tribes in the state.

Bud Sizemore Chairman, Washington State Gambling Commission

This ushers in a new era for regulated sports wagering in Washington State and Washington citizens will be able to access tribal sportsbooks of the highest integrity in the near future.

Bud SizemoreChairman, Washington State Gambling Commission

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