Washington Moves Closer to Legalising Sports Betting with Casino Legislation

Prospective punters in Washington will be pleased to hear the state has taken a major step towards legalizing sports betting after its Senate Labor and Commerce Committee passed a bill in favor of the move.

If passed, House Bill 2638 would allow 29 tribal casinos in Washington state would be permitted to allow in-person and on-premises mobile sports betting, according to the online casino magazine Top NJ Casinos. This would give residents the ability to bet on professional and college sports, as well as the emerging markets in esports.

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Iqbal Johal of GamblingInsider.com wrote that wagers will still only be permitted when placed in person, with the Washington State Gambling Commission in charge of licensing and regulation. 

Indian tribes may request to amend existing class III compacts to accept sports betting as long as they provide information on all the requisite licensing fees and details regarding its regulation.

The Washington House of Representatives passed the bill with 83 voting in favor and 14 against, suggesting there’s a large majority of support behind the betting trend.

Washington has in the past been reluctant to loosen its laws in regards to sports betting, and sports pool variations remain the only legal method of gambling in the state as things stand.

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