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Caesars launches retail betting in Washington


Caesars Entertainment has opened its first retail sportsbook in Washington at the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, with further launches planned at the Spokane Tribe Casino and Chewelah Casino.

The operator was awarded a sports wagering license by the Washington State Gambling Commission, allowing the new Caesars Sportsbook at Muckleshoot Casino to launch.

This came after Caesars agreed partnerships with each of the Muckleshoot and Spokane tribes, the latter of which owns both the Spokane Casino and Chewelah Casino.

The sportsbook at the Muckleshoot Casino, Caesars said, will be the largest betting facility of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, featuring four live betting windows and nine self-service betting kiosks. Plans are also in place to offer on-property mobile wagering through the Caesars Sportsbook app.

Caesars’ separate deal with the Spokane Tribe will also see a retail sportsbook facility open at the Spokane Tribe Casino, while self-service kiosks will be installed at the Tribe’s Chewelah Casino.

“Partnering with three tremendous casinos for our expansion into Washington state is a big moment for Caesars Sportsbook,” Caesars Digital co-president Eric Hession said.

“We’re thrilled to offer Washington sports bettors a chance to get into the action in time for Super Bowl LVI and we can’t wait to see how fans from Seattle-Tacoma to Spokane enjoy the thrill of betting on their favorite teams and events.”

The launch was made possible after Washington agreed new tribal compacts with a number of tribes. These were then approved by the US Department of the Interior in September last year.

Last month, DraftKings secured market access in Washington after it entered a retail sports betting partnership with the Tulalip Tribes of Washington.

Flutter Entertainment-owned FanDuel Group is partnered with the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, while BetMGM agreed a deal with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to operate retail sports betting at the Emerald Queen Casino.

In addition, International Game Technology (IGT) will provide its PlaySports platform to power sports betting at the Angel of the Winds Casino Resort, which is operated by the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.