Washington Sports Betting in 2021

Washington ushered in legal sports betting hours before the kickoff of the 2021 NFL season. 

All Evergreen State sports wagering activities take place exclusively at tribal casinos. Limited betting capabilities namely no online or mobile-wagering outside of tribal casinos drastically impact the state's growth potential. Washington has significant room to grow before it rises the ranks as the dominant United States betting market.

We're tracking all the moves and updating the information about Washington's ongoing sports betting efforts as they happen.

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    Population: 7.7 million

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    Legal age for sports betting: 21

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    Online sports betting: TBD

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    Retail sportsbooks: Yes

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    Sports betting revenue: N/A

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Is sports betting legal in Washington?

Yes. Gaming facilities established on tribal lands are subject to federal regulations, which necessitate a compact between the tribes and state government officials. Several tribal casinos in Washington gained the necessary federal approvals to offer sports wagering. The change to legalize sports betting came after Washington Governor Jay Inslee signaled support for renegotiating tribes’ gaming compacts with the state. 

In June 2021, the Washington State Gambling Commission amended the gaming compacts of 16 of the state’s federally recognized tribes to allow in-person sports betting. Eight, aside from Snoqualmie Casino, are preparing to start their own sportsbooks.

Bookmark our U.S. legal tracker for up-to-date news on each state's sports betting progress.

Timeline of sports betting in Washington

The consent of legal sports betting in Washington was somewhat surprising, as Gov. Inslee enacted an emergency clause on sports betting bill HB 2638. Before signing the bill into law, Washington was one of the country's most highly regulated states.

In the next legislative session, several WA state lawmakers have hinted that they intend to expand sports betting to non-tribal casinos. 

The Snoqualmie tribe opened the state's first retail sportsbook on Sept. 9, 2021, where the "Reign Man" himself, retired Seattle SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp, placed the state's first legal sports wager. 

Take a look at Washington's sports betting legalization and implementation progress to date:

  • March 25, 2021: Gov. Jay Inslee signed sports betting bill HB 2638 into law, which permits sports wagering at tribal casinos. 

  • Sept. 9, 2021: Snoqualmie Tribe became the state's first to launch retail sports betting at its Snoqualmie Casino outside Seattle.

  • Sept. 28, 2021:  FanDuel Group announced a partnership with the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, including dedicated on-site sportsbook plans.

Who can bet on sports in Washington?

Sports wagering is legal in Washington state, exclusively at casinos operated by the tribes. Gaming facilities established on tribal lands are subject to federal regulations, requiring a compact between the tribes and state government officials.

We've got you covered with the key facts to know before placing your first sports bet in the Evergreen State.

21plus Legal age

Anyone 21 years of age can place a sports bet in Washington. Eighteen is the state's minimum gambling age, however, it is 21 if the establishment sells alcohol.

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Each of Washington's 30 tribal casinos can legally open a sportsbook once the required licenses have been secured. Nine tribes signed deals in 2021, thus allowing them to launch and operate on-site sportsbooks immediately. Currently, only one retail sportsbook is operational. 

21plus Mobile betting

Mobile sports betting is only legal in Washington state when physically located on tribal lands at authorized casinos. The current law does not yet contain provisions for statewide mobile sports betting.

21plus Remote registration

Washington sports bettors cannot register, make deposits or place bets from anywhere in-state. All sports betting activity is limited to tribal casinos, where players may have the ability to wager via mobile phones. Fully remote registration would be a significant boon for bettors.

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Like all U.S. states with legal and regulated sports betting platforms, placing sports bets is only possible if you are physically located in the state itself. In Washington, you will have to visit a casino to place your sports wager.

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Washington does not collect a gambling tax, yet sports gambling winnings are subject to income tax. Therefore, you must report any winnings from sports wagering on your next tax return, even if you don't receive tax documentation for the gaming income.

Players can expect to pay a withholding tax of 25% of all winnings when providing their SSN. The percentage rises to 28% if you withhold this personal information.

The pros and cons of WA sports betting

Once officially regulated and licensed, each of Washington’s 30 tribal casinos may accept wagers at on-site retail sports betting facilities. However, the tribes don't necessarily view online sports betting as a revenue driver.

Instead, casino operators see mobile betting as a competitive threat. Constant foot traffic and in-person activities in the casinos are considered more reliable revenue streams.

Washington sports betting
Pros
  • Access to legal sports betting
  • Potential access to 30 legal retail sportsbooks
Cons
  • Legal betting only at eligible tribal casinos
  • No statewide mobile betting
  • No daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests

How to start betting in Washington

Evergreen State bettors are limited with respect to how and where they can place legal sports wagers.

While the retail route is currently the sole option available, there are some handy rules of the road to follow:

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Select a sportsbook

Conducting independent research will serve you well. Additionally, reading reviews and identifying the bonuses offered by each operator will help you make informed decisions.

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Register online

WA sports bettors cannot sign up from anywhere within the state from their mobile devices. All sports betting registrations are done in-person at regulated and licensed tribal casinos.

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Claim a bonus

Sports betting operators and betting sites leverage promotions to attract new players. In Washington, check with the retail sportsbook upon entry and when you log in to the online platform from inside the affiliated casino.

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Deposit funds

You'll have to physically enter a retail sportsbook to register an account and deposit funds. If mobile betting and remote registration become a reality, wagering on sports in the state of Washington will become more convenient.

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Choose your bet types

Popular types of wagers including moneylines, point spreads, parlays, futures, and live betting, are available to bettors in the state of Washington.

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Start betting

Applying the research and understanding the various types of wagers available will help you become a stronger and more responsible sports bettor.

The lack of mobile betting makes it more difficult to compare or shop betting lines, but this practice ensures that you’re maximizing each bet.

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Withdraw funds

Any winnings will be withdrawn on-site at the retail sportsbook. If mobile sports betting becomes a reality in Washington, you will gain the ability to access funds from home or on the go.

odds icon Reading the odds 

Sportsbooks in Washington state use American odds as the default option to display favorites and underdogs. Anytime you see a minus sign (-), you are looking at the betting favorite. The number seen next to the minus sign indicates the price you’ll have to stake to generate $100 in profit. In this example, -110 odds mean a bet of $110 is required to walk away with $100 in winnings.

Underdogs are designated by a plus (+) sign, with the number following identifying the amount you can win when placing a $100 bet. Here, +190 odds indicate that $190 is on the table when betting $100.

Our odds converter allows you to view odds in other formats, like fractional and decimal odds. 

 

What you can't bet on in Washington

WA sports bettors can access betting lines for major professional and college sports with a couple of exceptions. 

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Wagering on political events or outcomes is not sanctioned in Washington or any other U.S. state.

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Celebrity events, including the Academy Awards, are off-limits in WA

What about Washington college sports?

Sportsbooks in the state of Washington cannot accept bets on local schools. Wagers on college sports are permitted in Washington, except for events competed by in-state schools.

What about Esports?

Washington's wagering and betting bills accommodate betting on esports, but the activity is limited to tribal casinos.

Legal Washington sportsbooks

The introduction of legal sports betting in Washington established retail sportsbooks at tribal casinos.

The number of legal outlets will grow as regulations and licenses are handed out.

Online and mobile sportsbooks

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Land-based WA sportsbooks

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Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie

37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

(425) 888-1234

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FanDuel Sportsbook (coming)

Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

15347 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish, WA 98392

(360) 598-8700

TBD

 

Home team advantage: Washington sports

Several professional sports teams based in Seattle account for the majority of the state's betting action. Despite team allegiances, fans and prospective bettors would be wise to conduct independent research to ensure unbiased bets.

Consult our how to bet guides for a primer on sport-specific betting intelligence.  

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Seattle Kraken
NBA
Portland Trail Blazers
NFL
Seattle Seahawks
MLB
Seattle Mariners

Other types of gambling

Washington owns some of the country's more strict gaming laws, with both online casinos and poker sites prohibited. In 2006, Senate Bill SSB 6613 was passed to clarify Washington’s stance on participation in illegal internet betting.

Legal sports betting takes place at the state's tribal casinos, which is where you can also partake in traditional casino games and slots.

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Thirty tribal casinos, operated by 24 tribes, are located in the state of Washington.

Each casino offers a full lineup of games, including slots, blackjack, roulette, craps, and baccarat.

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Land-based poker games are deemed legal, but only at tribal casinos. Players can engage in live poker at licensed facilities under these conditions: No more than five betting rounds in one game; each betting round allows no more than four bets in any round; single wagers may not exceed $40; outlets with Class F licenses can allow wagers up to $100.

Horse and jockey Horse racing

The Washington Horse Racing Commission (WHRC) manages the state’s two racetracks and all betting activities.

Online horse racing betting was legalized back in 2004, with a handful of websites given the authority to accept bets on races held either in or out of state. Players can register and wager with TwinSpires and TVG.

Washington also permits off-track betting, which is available at 13 locations.

Horse and jockey Daily fantasy sports

Up until 2014, the largest daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites accepted sign-ups from the state of Washington. However, the state's gambling commission clarified its stance on fantasy betting and declared the activity illegal, citing the 1973 Gambling Act.

Bracket and office sports pools, along with fantasy sports, were never authorized as gambling activities in Washington State and thus are illegal.

Responsible gaming in Washington

The Washington State Gambling Commission is a staunch proponent of responsible gaming and encourages its practices. Resources, including confidential help available 24 hours a day, along with toll-free support and online chat functionality, are free to use.

Rules for a statewide self-exclusion program at licensed card rooms, and a process for tribal operations to voluntarily opt in to the program, were laid out in House Bill 1302 and overseen by the Gambling Commission.

Legal U.S. sports betting markets

Washington joins these other states in offering forms of legal sports betting within their borders: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, TennesseeVirginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming

Sportsbooks to avoid in Washington

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