The Washington State Gambling Commission and the Tulalip Tribes have reached an agreement to amend their class III gaming compact to include sports betting.
Governor Jay Inslee had signed ESHB 2638, authorising sports wagering at tribal casinos, and the Tulalip Tribes, which run the Tulalip Resort Casino and Quil Ceda Creek Casino facilities in the state, had been negotiating for almost a year.
Bud Sizemore Washington State Gambling Commission chair said: “We believe that this compact amendment is a thoughtful approach by the tribe and state that ensures sports wagering will be conducted with the highest integrity while protecting the public by keeping gambling legal and honest.
“The state and tribal negotiation team did a great job coming to this agreement. There is still a lot of work before the first regulated sportsbook opens in our state, and I’m hopeful sports wagering can launch before the NFL regular season begins.”
Establishing the basis for sports wagering
The amendment establishes the basis for sports wagering at the tribe’s facilities while recognising the tribe’s track record of effectively conducting and controlling gaming in compliance with their compact.
The Senate Labor, Commerce, and Tribal Affairs Committee and the House Commerce and Gaming Committee will hold hearings as the next move.
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.
Secretary of the US Department of Interior
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.
Teri Gobin, Tulalip chairperson said: “We are extremely satisfied with the compact amendment and our ability to work together with the state on this effort to maintain a strong regulatory environment for gaming in Washington State.
“Sports wagering is an exciting new opportunity for Washingtonians. The revenue sports wagering provides – like all tribal gaming revenue – stays in Washington, creating jobs and increasing charitable contributions that benefit communities throughout the state.”