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Sports Betting

We've created this page to provide you with the status and outlook for sports betting in our state, as well as on a national level. This information is updated regularly and the news articles are recommended by our in-house experts.

At the Commission

During a public meeting on Jan. 10, 2019, the commissioners voted unanimously to take the position that the Gambling Commission should be the primary regulatory agency if/when sports betting is authorized by the Legislature.

In the News



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

Numerous bills have been pre-filed for the 2019 legislative session; however, none pertain to sports betting. If/when sports betting bills are filed, we will post them here and provide regular updates.

Bill Explanation Status





In Washington D.C.

In December 2018, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced draft legislation that aims to provide federal oversight for sports betting. The proposed legislation would:

  • require states to apply for approval from the U.S. attorney general when implementing new sports betting laws and regulations
  • force sportsbook operators to use offical league data to grade wagers until at least 2023
  • create a mechanism for authorities to target unlicensed operators domestically and offshore
  • create a National Sports Wagering Clearinghouse to collect anonymized sports betting data in real-time and monitor for signs of corruption
  • amend the Wire Act of 1961 to allow sportsbook operators to lay off bets to other states through compacts
  • strenghten the Sports Bribery Act of 1964 by adding extortion, blackmail and wagers based on non-public information as violations

It's important to note that Hatch stepped down at the end of December.

This is the first federal draft bill on sports betting since PASPA was struck down by SCOTUS in May 2018. We don't expect much movement out of Congress until after the new session is underway.

Bill Explanation Status


To acknowledge the rights of States with respect to sports wagering and to maintain a distinct Federal interest in the integrity and character of professional and amateur sporting contests, and for other purposes.

Dec. 19, 2018: Introduced; Referred to Committee on the Judiciary

In Other States


Regulatory Agency


Authorized Methods


State Lottery

Revenue Distribution: 12.5% of net revenue to the vendors

Remaining 87.5% of net revenues: 50% to the state, 40% to the racetrack/casinos, and 10% to horse racing purses



Gaming Control Board

6.75% gross revenue tax

Land-based & Mobile/Internet

New Jersey

Gaming Control Board

Landbased: 9.75% gross revenue tax

Online: 13% gross revenue tax

Land-based & Mobile/Internet


Gaming Commission

12% gross revenue tax

Land-based & Mobile (on property)


Gaming Control Board

$10 million licensing fee

36% gross revenue tax

Land-based & Mobile/Internet

Rhode Island

State Lottery

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


West Virginia

State Lottery

10% gross revenue tax

Land-based & Mobile


In five states, sports betting bills have been pre-filed for the 2019 legislative session:





BR 15

BR 320

Would legalize sports betting


S 44

Would legalize sports betting


H 714

S 316

Would legalize sports betting


H 1

Would legalize sports betting by voter referendum at the county level


H 1638

Would legalize sports betting




Nov. 16, 2018

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

Nov. 16, 2018

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

Nov. 16, 2018

WHRC presentation on sports betting 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 have submitted a notice of interest to participate in the U.S. Sports Betting Forum being created by the U.S. State Gaming Regulators Forum. This group will be comprised of sports betting industry regulators and stakeholders, and will discuss 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.

What are your thoughts?

We want to know what you think about the future of sports betting in Washington. Please visit our Request for Public Comment page to send us your thoughts.