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DraftKings enters Washington with Tulalip Tribes sportsbook deal


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

Under the deal, DraftKings will open two retail sportsbook locations at two Tulalip Tribes casinos in the state.

The proposed sportsbook at the Tulalip Resort Casino will feature a 5,000sq ft space with a 50ft video wall, more than 24 kiosks and eight ticket windows.

A second sportsbook is also set to open at the Quil Ceda Creek Casino but is still early in the planning phase. Both locations will be subject to licensing and regulatory approvals.

Once operational, Washington will mark the 19th state in which DraftKings is active with its sportsbook products.

“In collaboration with the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, we look forward to bringing the very best in real-money gaming experiences to a state with a passionate fanbase spanning major professional sports leagues,” DraftKings’ director of retail sportsbooks Michael Kibort Sr. said.

Tulalip Tribes chairwoman Teri Gobin added: “We’re ready to take our gaming experience to the next level. Like Tulalip, DraftKings is committed to excellence and, together, we’re going to give sports fans a one-of-a-kind experience.

“We can’t wait for our customers to share our journey as we build the newest addition to our entertainment destinations.”

DraftKings becomes the latest operator to gain market access in Washington after the state in September last year officially legalized sports betting, following the US Department of the Interior’s approval of nine tribal sports betting compacts.

The Tulalip Tribes was among the tribes to agree new compacts with the state, striking an agreement in April last year.

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.