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Sports Gambling

We've created this page to provide you with the status and outlook for sports gambling 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 gambling is authorized by the Legislature.



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



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 1975

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

Did not pass out of House Appropriations Committee

HB 1992

Concerning sports wagering

Did not pass out of House Commerce & Gaming Committee

SB 5965

Relating to the sports wagering act

Did not pass out of Senate Ways & Means Committee


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 2018.

This is the first federal bill on sports betting since PASPA was struck down by SCOTUS in May 2018.

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: Read twice; 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


2019 Legislation





S 1158

Would legalize sports betting at tribal facilities


S 17

S 665

Would legalize sports betting and online gambling


H 1107

Would legalize sports betting


S 176

Would legalize sports betting


H 1363

S 439

S 552

Would legalize sports betting


H 101

H 102

H 103

H 124

S 1079

S 1080

S 1081

S 1100

Would authorize sports betting studies; two bills include DFS


H 2032

H 2068

S 23

Would legalize sports betting


H 12

H 171

H 175

H 190

S 23

Would legalize sports betting


S 553

Addresses oversight of sports betting


H 1132

Would expand state lottery to include sports betting


HD 2628

HD 2629

SD 903

SD 908

SD 1110

H 68

S 882

Would legalize sports betting


H 1481

S 2667

Would legalize online/mobile betting statewide; would legalize collegiate DFS


H 119

H 859

S 44

S 187

S 195

S 222

S 327

Would legalize sports betting


S 25

Would legalize sports pools and sports tabs

New Hampshire

H 480

S 310

Would legalize sports betting

New Mexico

H 441

Would prohibit lottery from offering sports betting

New York

A 1339

A 3294

A 3963

S 17

S 1490

Senate bills: Would legalize sports betting

Assembly bills: Would create a task force to study online/mobile betting; one bill addresses tracks and OTBs

North Dakota

H 1254

H 1295

Would legalize sports betting


H 714

S 316

Would legalize sports betting


H 2288

Would make appropriations for revenue if lottery offers sports betting

Rhode Island

S 37

Would legalize online/mobile sports betting

South Carolina

H 3409

S 57

S 71

H 3409, S 57: Would move to amend constitution to allow sports betting

S 71: Would authorize a study on sports betting

South Dakota


Would legalize sports betting


H 1

H 666

S 16

S 1055

Would legalize sports betting by voter referendum at the county level


H 1275

Would legalize sports betting


S 59

Would authorize a sports betting study


H 1638

H 1890

H 2210

H 2321

H 2536

S 1126

S 1238

S 1356

Would legalize sports betting


HB 1975

HB 1992

Would legalize sports betting at: (1) tribal casinos, or (2) horse racing facilities




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.

What are your thoughts?

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