In Washington State there is no longer a ban on sports betting. In fact, in 2021 the Washoe Gaming Commission approved plans for two new sports book sites opening in Bellingham and Spokane. Washington is the tenth state to legalize sports betting, and this is a big step forward for the ever growing sportsbook industry in the United States. In March 2021, a new law was enacted to permit online and in-house sports betting at local tribal casinos. This was a huge step forward for the sportsbook and avid bettors in Washington State.
Previously, Washington State was the only state in the nation that did not allow residents to participate in daily virtual games, which is known as day-to-day betting, at live gaming tables. Only certain local tribes were able to do so because of the preexisting law that dictated who could operate such gaming tables. Now, all legally permitted gaming establishments will be open to residents from all over Washington State.
As part of the initiative process to legalize sports betting in Washington State, both tribal and non-tribal card rooms need to gather enough signatures from registered voters before the measure will be considered for the November ballot. In order for a question to make it on the ballot, it must receive the required number of signatures from registered voters. Unfortunately, gathering the needed signatures can take weeks, meaning there is a long delay in getting this law passed into law.
The legislature created a special committee to handle the task of collecting signatures. Of course, many of the representatives on the committee are also members of the Washingall State Board of Gaming Control, which regulates all state gaming bingo and gaming facilities. Gambling is one of the most lucrative industries in Washington State, and many politicians want to ensure that they get cut of the profits. In addition to the lawmakers, the Washingall State Board of Gaming Control actively promotes sports betting across the state through a number of different entities.
One of these entities is the Washington State Lottery, which is partially responsible for the passage of the initiative bill. The Lottery is not promoting sports betting, but it does want to see it continue to thrive in the state by helping to promote gaming. Therefore, they have given the go-ahead to the tribal casinos and state lottery to offer mobile betting options to their customers. The state lottery has already begun offering online games like scratch off and lottery syndicate games. If the Washingall State Board approves the bill, more state gaming facilities may offer mobile betting to their customers.
Many in the Washingall State Board of Gaming Control are opposed to allowing tribal casinos and state lotteries to offer mobile betting because of possible gambling money from the counties and state coffers. However, lottery and gaming officials say that the extra revenue will be used to enhance school programs that assist handicapped individuals. According to the Washingall State Board of Gaming Control, if the lottery and gaming facilities in Washington State do not take advantage of mobile betting they will suffer because they do not generate enough money to support themselves. They also say that allowing mobile betting will hurt the revenue that is generated from gaming.
Many of the members of the Washington State Lottery and Gaming Commission are against allowing sports betting on tribal compacts. However, some of the members are in favor of it because of how tribal compacts work. Tribal compacts are made by tribes with local sports leagues and participate in them. When a bettor wins a certain amount of money off of one of those games the wager automatically goes to the house. This means that the house takes the loss in case no one comes forward to win the bet.
Currently there are two legislative managers in Washington State that are against sports betting on Washington State Lottery tickets and games. Brian Pannek is the legislative manager for the conservative party in Washington State. Stan Barnes is the legislative manager for the liberal party. Pannek and Barnes have made statements opposing sports betting on Washington State Lottery tickets and games. The only way the Washington can get this law changed is through a change in laws from the voters.