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On March 25, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2638, which amends the several criminal, regulatory and licensing requirements/crimes in the Gambling Act and now authorizes sports wagering subject to the terms of tribal-state gaming compacts. Tribes' Class III gaming compacts will need to be amended; new Commission rules will need to be adopted; and any new sports wagering licenses will need to be approved before tribal casinos can offer sports wagering at current tribal casinos.

At the Commission

Below are the sports betting presentations from our commission meetings, as well as audio and transcripts.

Date

Item

November 14, 2019

Audio & transcript from November commission meeting

November 14, 2019

Staff presentation on sports gambling black market

October 10, 2019

TVW recording of October commission meeting

October 10, 2019

Audio & transcript from October commission meeting

October 10, 2019

MLB presentation on sports gambling integrity

October 10, 2019

Staff presentation on sports gambling integrity

September 12, 2019

Staff presentation on sports gambling for September commission meeting

September 12, 2019

Audio & transcript from September commission meeting

August 8, 2019

Staff presentation on sports gambling for August commission meeting

August 8, 2019

TVW coverage of sports gambling presentation and discussion for August commission meeting

August 8, 2019

Audio & transcript from August commission meeting

July 11, 2019

Audio & transcript from July commission meeting

July 11, 2019

Staff presentation on sports gambling for July commission meeting

May 10, 2019

Audio & transcript from May commission meeting

May 10, 2019

Staff presentation on sports gambling for May commission meeting

August 9, 2018

Staff presentation on sports gambling for August commission meeting

In the News

Date

Article

July 25, 2019

Editorial: Sports betting in Washington needs slow rollout

July 20, 2019

Washington gambling chief sees black market explosion when sports betting is legalized

May 17, 2019

Legal sports betting might be years away in Washington, even as other states move ahead

May 6, 2019

Montana Sports Betting Improbably First To The Finish Line In 2019

Mar. 29, 2019

State Lottery Commission Recommends SBTech As Oregon Sports Betting Provider

Jan. 31, 2019

Oregon Sports Betting Could Be Live By NFL Season, State Lottery Says

Jan. 28, 2019

No mobile in new NY sports betting regulations approved by commission

Jan. 15, 2019

DOJ reverses 2011 opinion of the Wire Act; legal online gaming in question

Jan. 2, 2019

Caesars, Turning Stone to offer sports betting in New York

Jan. 2, 2019

Sports betting will be no home run for state budgets

Dec. 26, 2018

Indian casinos across US wary of betting on sports books

Dec. 26, 2018

Congress doesn't need new law on sports betting

Dec. 19, 2018

Hatch, Schumer introduce bill that would regulate sports betting

Dec. 5, 2018

Congress pushing for federal sports betting oversight

Nov. 19, 2018

Sports betting: Would it hurt or help Washington’s horse-racing industry?

Nov. 5, 2018

What NHL’s new sports gaming partnership means for our future Seattle franchise

Oct. 30, 2018

Caesars signs promotional betting partnership with NBA, NHL teams

Sept. 18, 2018

William Hill, Golden Knights form sports betting partnership

July 30, 2018

MGM, Boyd, Caesars preparing for expanded sports betting

May 14, 2018

How is Washington affected by Supreme Court decision to overturn federal ban on sports gambling?

Jan. 11, 2018

National tribal gaming group: ‘We need to find out if Indian Country is ready to move ahead’ on sports betting

In Olympia

Bill

Explanation

Status

HB 2638

Authorizing sports wagering subject to the terms of tribal-state gaming compacts

Signed by Governor

SB 6394

Authorizing sports wagering subject to the terms of tribal-state gaming compacts

Did not pass out of house of origin

SB 6277

Authorizing sports wagering at tribal casinos, card rooms, and racetracks

Did not pass out of committee

HB 2478

Authorizing sports wagering at tribal casinos, card rooms, and racetracks

Did not pass out of committee

In Other States

State

Regulatory Agency

Tax

Licensing Fee(s)

Authorized Methods

YTD Revenue (2019)

Arkansas

Racing Commission

< $150 mil. = 13%
> $150 mil. =20%

Up to $250k application fee; $10k renewal every 10 years

Casinos

N/A

Colorado

Limited Gaming Control Commission

10%

TBD; no more than $125k Annual

Casinos, Online

Not yet operating

Delaware

State Lottery

Revenue Distribution: 12.5% net to vendors; then State: 50%; Racetrack/Casino: 40%: Horse Race purses: 10%

N/A

Casinos

$10.8 million

Illinois

Gaming Commission

15%

$10-20 million

Casinos, Online

Not yet operating

Indiana

Gaming Commission

9.5%

$100k/$50k initial

$50k/10k annual

Casinos, Racetracks, Online

OTBs

$20 million

$1.9 million (tax)

Iowa

Racing and Gaming Commission

6.75%

$45k Initial

$10k Annual

Casinos, Racetracks, Online

$12.7 million

$862k (tax)

Mississippi

Gaming Commission

12% gross revenue tax

$500-$5k

Casinos, Mobile (on property)

 

$37.1 million

$4.4 million

Montana

Lottery

TBD

N/A

Lottery retailers, mobile (on property)

Not yet operating

Nevada

Gaming Control Board

6.75% gross revenue tax

 

Casinos, Online

$261.6 million

$17.6 million (tax)

New Hampshire

State Lottery

TBD

N/A

Lottery retailers

Online

Not yet operating

New Jersey

Gaming Control Board

Land based: 8.5%

Online: 13%

$250k initial

$100k Annual

Casinos, Online

$237 million

$31.7 million (tax)

New Mexico

None

N/A

N/A

Tribal casinos

N/A

New York

Gaming Commission

8.5%

Unavailable

Casinos

$5.6 million

$569k (tax)

North Carolina

Tribal Gaming Commission

N/A

N/A

Two tribal casinos

Not yet operating

Oregon

State Lottery

Rev Distribution between Lottery and SB Tech

N/A

Online, Retail Kiosks, Lottery Retail Product

$218k

Pennsylvania

Gaming Control Board

36%

$5k - $10 million

Casinos, Racetracks, Online

$73.7 million

$20.8 million (tax)

Rhode Island

State Lottery

Revenue Distribution: State 51%; Vendor 32%; Casino 17%

N/A

Casinos, Online

$12.4 million

$6.3 million (tax)

Tennessee

Gaming Commission

20%

$750k

$50k application fee

Online

Not yet operating

Washington, D.C.

Lottery

Land-based: 10%

Online: 20%

$500k sports arenas

$100k other facilities

Lottery = land-based and online

Arenas/commercial = land-based and mobile

 Not yet operating

West Virginia

State Lottery

10% gross revenue tax

$100k

Casinos, Online

$14.8 million

$1.4 million (tax)

 

Resources

Date

Description

Jan. 27, 2020

WSGC presentation on sports gambling for House Commerce & Gaming Committee work session

Jan. 21, 2020

WSGC presentation on sports gambling for Senate Labor & Commerce Committee work session

Nov. 16, 2018

WSGC presentation on sports gambling for House Commerce & Gaming Committee work session

Nov. 16, 2018

ECPG presentation on sports gambling for House Commerce & Gaming Committee work session; legal and policy considerations

Nov. 16, 2018

WHRC presentation on sports gambling for House Commerce & Gaming Committee work session

Nov. 2, 2018

DOJ: Reconsidering Whether the Wire Act  Applies to Non-Sports Gambling

U.S. Sports Betting Forum

We are participating in the U.S. Sports Betting Forum created by the U.S. State Gaming Regulators Forum. This group is comprised of sports betting industry regulators and stakeholders, and discusses policy issues on sports betting, current regulatory and operational issues, information sharing and integrity monitoring, illegal sports betting markets, and development of best practices in sports betting oversight. The primary goal of this forum is to ensure that sports betting in the U.S. is conducted with integrity, free from criminal and corruptive elements.

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