WSGC Amends Suquamish Tribe’s Compact To Include Sports Wagering

The Suquamish Tribe and the Washington State Gambling Commission have tentatively agreed to amend their class III gaming compact to include sports wagering.

This is the state’s second such deal, following the WSGC and Tulalip Tribes’ forming a sports wagering alliance, and if approved, the Tribe would be able to provide sports betting at its Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.

Leonard Forsman, chairman of the Suquamish Tribe explained: “We are pleased with the progress of the compact amendment and the partnership it represents with the Governor, Legislature, Gambling Commission and citizens of Washington.

“Revenue from sports wagering will help support the Suquamish Tribe’s important governmental services offered to both tribal members and the non-tribal community. This compact means guests at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort will enjoy additional exciting activities while ensuring that sports wagering revenues remain in Washington.”

Hearing to be held in coming weeks

The Senate Labor, Commerce, and Tribal Affairs Committee and the House Commerce and Gaming Committee will hold hearings in the coming weeks.

On June 10, 2021, the WSGC will consider and vote on the compact amendment, which, if approved, will be signed by the tribal chair and governor.

The tribe will submit the amendment to the Secretary of the US Department of Interior for consideration and publication in the Federal Register until all parties have signed it. The compact amendment is not yet complete, and sports betting cannot begin until it is.

Bud Sizemore. Washington State Gambling Commission chair added: “I am grateful for the thoughtful and cooperative approach taken by the Tribe and state in reaching this tentative agreement and this compact amendment continues to recognise the Tribe’s sovereignty and successful operation and regulation of gaming.

“This agreement ensures sports wagering will be conducted with the highest integrity while protecting the public by keeping gambling legal and honest. Completion of these negotiations allows us to focus more on the black market in our state.”