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Eleven more tribes agree to Washington sports wagering compacts


The Washington State Gambling Commission has reached a Class III sports wagering compact agreement with 11 more tribes across Washington, which will allow the tribes to offer sports betting at their casinos.

The agreement means that the Colville, Cowlitz, Jamestown S’Klallam, Lummi, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Shoalwater Bay, Spokane, Squaxin Island, Stillaguamish, and Swinomish Tribes have agreed to amend their Class III gaming compacts to include sports wagering, formally agreeing to offer sports betting at their Class III facilities.

In addition to retail wagering, the tribes may also offer mobile bets, but only at their properties.

In line with state law, betting will not be allowed on any events involving a college team based in Washington, nor on Minor League events.

Similar compacts were previously agreed to by the Tulalip, Suquamish, Kalispel and Snoqualmie Tribes. This means that 15 tribes in total have agreed to the compact amendment.

The new compact, must be approved by a joint House and Senate hearing on May 19, 2021 by the Senate Labor, Commerce and Tribal Affairs and House Commerce and Gaming Committees.

It will then be reviewed by the State Gambling Commission and voted on at a public hearing on June 10, 2021. Following this, it will be forwarded to the Tribal Chair and Governor to sign.

However, the compact agreement will not be final until it appears in the Federal Register.

Governor Jay Inslee, after negotiations, signed House Bill 2638 into law in March 2020. Washington was the first state to bring in a new sports wagering law that year.