December 6, 2021 Sports Betting, Tribal

Washington Indian Gaming Association comments on sports betting debuts

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The Stillaguamish Tribe’s Angel of the Winds Casino and the Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Casino will launch this week.

Following the launch of two tribal sportsbooks in the Evergreen State, the Washington Indian Gaming Association has issued a statement regarding the news.

This launch sees both the Stillaguamish Tribe’s Angel of the Winds Casino and the Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Casino begin sports betting operations, following the Snoqualmie Casino’s September launch.

Rebecca George, Executive Director of the Washington Indian Gaming Association, said: “The launch of sports betting this week at a second and third tribal casino in Washington State is an important development for Washington State’s tribes, which rely on gaming revenues to fund essential services for tribal communities, and which are a critical piece of tribes’ ongoing work to build tribal communities and strengthen self-reliance.

“The public can rest assured that the addition of sports betting at these well-established casinos will be closely regulated and handled responsibly. Tribal gaming has a proven 30-year track record of success in Washington State, and all of the participating tribes have been careful in moving forward with the addition of sports betting.”

With this announcement, 16 Washington tribes have gained state approval to add sports betting to their offerings.

In her statement, George highlighted the positives the Gaming Association believes sports betting can bring to tribal communities, creating “hundreds of jobs and substantial economic activity.”

Sports betting first came to Washington State after the legislature approved the tribes' right to operate sportsbooks on their land.

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