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Washington bills challenge cardroom and racetrack sports betting exclusion

Two bills have been reintroduced in Washington that could allow sports wagering at racetracks and cardrooms in the state, amid a legal challenge filed by Maverick Gaming against the state’s tribal sports betting monopoly. Both bills – one in the state Senate and the other in the House – were introduced last year but have made a new start with the launch of the 2022 legislative session. Senate Bill 5212 was first introduced on January 14 2021 in the state Senate and was heard by the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Tribal Affairs the following month. It did not progress in the and was reintroduced on January 10 2022. House Bill 1674 was filed on December 20 2021 and was introduced to the state’s House of Representatives on January 10 2022, after which it was referred to the House Commerce and Gaming Committee. If passed, SB5212 and HBB1674 would amend several aspects of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) by allowing bets to be placed through retail and online sports pools at cardrooms or racetracks in the state. This will be permitted by a licence issued for this purpose, in addition to other licenses already required to operate a racetrack or cardroom. Read the full story on ICE365