The Washington State Gambling Commission has unanimously approved sports wagering licence standards, which will take effect on August 30, 2021, according to the agency.
Vendors that complete the licencing process on or after August 30, 2021, will be awarded licences; however, they will still need to have their licences approved by Tribal Gaming Agencies and the Gambling Commission before they can begin delivering services.
Despite the fact that this major hurdle has been overcome, sports betting at tribal casinos will still have to wait for the Department of Interior to adopt compact revisions that have already been agreed upon by Governor Jay Inslee and 16 tribes.
A decision is expected in late August or early September, potentially clearing the way for bets to be placed in time for the NFL season opening on September 9.
New era for regulated sports wagering
Bud Sizemore, chair of the Washington State Gambling Commission said: “I am very grateful for all the hard work Commission staff put into getting these rules finalised since we reached agreements with our tribal regulatory partners in May.
“This ushers in a new era for regulated sports wagering in Washington State and Washington citizens will be able to access tribal sportsbooks of the highest integrity in the near future.
“My hope is that the completion of these licensing rules will allow us to work more closely with our tribal and national regulatory partners and local sports teams and leagues to better address the sports wagering black market so that we can continue to protect the public by keeping gambling legal and honest.”