Washington Online Casino

Amid tremendous natural beauty, volcanoes, and coffeehouses, the state of Washington has had a rather favorable view of gambling since the 1970s. Washington

Even though the progress of casinos has been gradual, it has been consistent and affirmative. Beginning in 1971, with the authorization of bingo and raffles, and then a year later, when voters approved a state lottery, Washington has evolved to its current position. Gambling receipts totaled just shy of $3 billion in 2016.

The main portion of that figure is due to over $2.2 billion dollars coming in from tribal casinos. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 provided for federally recognized Native American tribes to open casinos on reservation lands as long as they successfully negotiated an agreement (or “compact”) with each individual state government. With Washington’s deep history and connection to Native American tribes, it wasn’t long before casinos started popping up.

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Updated: July 9, 2020

Several tribes are apparently ready to take advantage of legalized sports betting in Washingon.

Four months after Gov. Jay Inslee signed off on legislation to allow for legal wagering, two tribes have started negotiations with the state regarding their compacts while another four are apparently ready to follow suit.

According to a memo from the director of the Washington State Gambling Commission, all six tribes have opened negotiations specifically to integrate legalized sports betting.

Both the Suquamish and Kalispel tribes are reportedly negotiating their compacts. Next on the agenda appears to be the Snoqualmie and Tulalip tribes.

House Bill 2638, which passed in March, allows for retail wagering and on-site online sports betting at tribal casinos.

Related resources

Below you’ll find a list of resources that can help you learn more about the future of online casinos and online gambling in Arkansas.

Washington Online Gambling FAQ

Washington Online Casino FAQ

Can I play slots online in Washington?

Unfortunately, no. Washington has one of the strictest laws when it comes to online gaming, including slots online. Slots and online gambling is outright banned in Washington state.

What are the chances that we get full-fledged Washington online casinos?

Odds are not good. So far, any attempts to legalize online casinos or online gambling of any kind have died in the Washington State Legislature.

I heard that New Jersey has legal online casinos. Can I play at those from Washington?

No. Legal online casinos in New Jersey employ geolocation software to keep players from other states from playing.

I see casinos accepting Washington players when I Google the topic. Should I trust them?

Please don’t. In Washington, online gambling is considered a felony. Best to leave any kind of online slots, casino games and online gambling alone.

Quite simply, these apps operate outside of the US and are not subject to its laws. So, a player might find themselves out of options in case of a dispute with one of these “grey market” sites.

Washington Online Sports Betting FAQ

I thought the Supreme Court made sports betting legal. So why can’t I bet on sports in Washington yet?

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was repealed by the US Supreme Court in 2018. In doing so, that ended the federal ban on sports betting and returned the issue to the states.

It is now up to each state legislature to determine if they want to offer sports betting. When it comes to Washington, the issue has gained little traction.

When will Washington legalize sports betting?

If all goes accordingly, in the near future. Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a bill to legalize Washington sports betting on tribal lands only. That said, a potential lawsuit against the state could delay launch.

Should I just bet with one of these online sportsbooks I see all of the time?

Put simply, it’s not a good idea. Offshore sportsbooks are not under the protection of the US legal system. As such, options would be limited for you if something came into dispute.

Can I play fantasy sports for real money in Washington?

No. All major fantasy sports operators are banned from Washington State.

What Gambling Is Legal In Washington?

Gambling in Washington State is limited to tribal gaming only. There are 27 casinos operated by 21 tribes which provide thousands of slot machines.

Additionally, there is a state lottery, plus charitable or house-based gambling such as raffles and bingo.

Here are five casinos with the largest number of slots available for play.

  • Muckleshoot Casino – 3,100
  • Tulalip Resort Casino – 2,200
  • Snoqualmie Casino – 1,700
  • Northern Quest Casino – 1,650
  • Emerald Queen Casino at I-5 – 1,640

Washington Online Gambling Directory

Washington Online Casinos

Washington State has no online casino and from the political atmosphere in Olympia, it doesn’t appear like any will be popping up in the near future.

The only partial exception to this rule is Chumba Casino since it operates under a sweepstakes model. It is possible to play on Chumba without spending any money – although to do so will take some time.

Washington Online Poker Sites

Online poker exists much like online gambling. Washington does not have any type of online gambling, poker included.

The only outlet that works is Global Poker. The sweepstakes site walks a fine line that allows it to stay in a particular legal category.

Washington Online Lottery

There is no online lottery available in Washington.

Much like other forms of online gambling, it appears like online lottery games will not happen anytime soon.

Washington Fantasy Sports Sites

Daily fantasy sports is strictly prohibited in Washington State. This includes all major operators such as:

  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • Fantasy Draft
  • Yahoo!

All four of these options are solid, especially DraftKings and FanDuel but none are available in the Evergreen State.

Washington Online Horse Betting

Washington is an online horse betting state. Its residents and visitors are perfectly capable of wagering on horse races from afar on their devices.

As such, there are three great sites that Arkansans can use to wager on horse races. They are:

  • TVG
  • BetAmerica
  • Twin Spires

All three accept Washingtonians and have access to most simulcast events on any given day.

Washington Online Sports Betting

There are only a handful of states with legal sports betting in the US, and Washington is not one of them. Yet.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed into a law a bill to legalize wagering in the Evergreen State. This legislation allows for regulated betting on tribal lands only. Now, Washington just plays the waiting game for launch.

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One unusual point of contention in this expansion of gaming in Washington has actually been slot machines. When the IGRA passed in 1988, Washington and its resident tribes could not agree on whether slot machines were covered under the act. The two sides argued back and forth for six years. In 1994, they filed a consensual lawsuit in federal court (nicknamed “the friendly lawsuit”) seeking clarity on whether any devices were permitted under Washington state law and, if so, which ones qualified.

Three years later, in September 1997, the court issued its opinion. The state did not have to allow slot machines. It did have to negotiate on other machines that satisfied a couple of stipulations. (No coins get inserted, no playing against the machines themselves.) Thus, the state and the tribes agreed on the creation of machines based on the state lottery. This means that they are much like video lottery terminals in other states. However, they are mostly indistinguishable from slot machines in form and function.

It is this system that has led to just over 27,000 slot machines spread across 27 casinos operated by 21 tribes. All 29 tribes have gaming compacts with the state, but eight have yet to open an establishment.

State legal environment

  Permitted/Offered? Notes & Restrictions
Land-Based Gambling Yes Tribal casinos only, but extensively throughout state
Online Gambling No Class C Felony under state law
Lottery Yes
Charitable or House-Based Gambling Yes Bingo and raffles
Minimum Gambling Age 18, but many casinos restrict to 21 due to alcoholic beverage sales

 

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