OLYMPIA — Odds are you’ll have the ability to place your Seahawks Super Bowl bets earlier than the beginning of the NFL season this fall.

The Tulalip Tribes and the Washington State Gambling Commission reached a tentative settlement Friday that can enable sports-betting services at two resorts on the Tulalip Reservation, the state company introduced in a information launch.

“Sports wagering is an exciting new opportunity for Washingtonians,” Tulalip Tribes Chairwoman Teri Gobin mentioned within the information launch. “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.”

If all goes to plan, the tribes might have federal approval by the autumn, mentioned Rebecca George, govt director of the Washington Indian Gaming Association.

Sports playing has lengthy been unlawful in Washington.

But underneath new guidelines signed into legislation by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2020, bettors can wager on skilled and collegiate sports, however not on faculty groups primarily based in Washington. Additionally, bets have to be positioned at tribal casinos.

The Tulalip Tribes’ settlement is the primary between the state playing fee and a tribal authorities. The tribes personal the Tulalip Resort Casino and Quil Ceda Creek Casino, each close to I-5 on the reservation.

It is not going to be final.

More than half of the 22 state’s federally acknowledged tribes with gaming operations have notified the governor’s workplace of their curiosity in providing sports betting. Stillaguamish in Arlington is one in all them

Many of these tribes can now learn what’s been negotiated and resolve in the event that they, as effectively, wish to pursue it.

Exactly when sports betting might start isn’t sure.

As the tribes and the fee work by means of their evaluate course of, the state will enact guidelines regulating and licensing corporations which might be contracted to deal with sports ebook operations. The purpose is get these in place by the beginning of the NFL common season.

Next, lawmakers within the state House and Senate will evaluate the settlement.

That might be subsequent week, playing fee spokesperson Brian Considine mentioned in an e-mail.

On June 10, the playing fee is ready to vote on the deal.

If authorised, it’ll go to Gov. Inslee and Chairwoman Gobin, to be signed.

After that, the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior should OK the deal and publish it within the Federal Register.

Nationwide, sports betting is up and operating in 21 states, producing a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in income, in line with the American Gaming Association.

In the final 12 months, the nationwide affiliation reported a 171% enhance in tax income from sports betting.

Herald author Jerry Cornfield contributed to this text.

Joey Thompson: 425-339-3449; [email protected]. Twitter: @byjoeythompson.




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