Washington bill would extend legal betting to cardrooms

first_imgSports betting regulation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Washington Senate Bill 5212, was filed in January by Republican Senator Curtis King and his Democratic counterpart Marko Lilas.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Read the full story on iGB North America. Tags: Maverick Gaming Washington A Senate bill filed in Washington State would legalise wagering at cardrooms, racetracks, and via online platforms should it pass into law. No tribes have launched sports betting to date, though George said negotiations to amend tribal compacts were ongoing and must be completed before the first bets could be placed. It subject of a hearing in the chamber’s Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs yesterday (4 February). At yesterday’s hearing the legislation was strongly opposed by the Washington Indian Gaming Association. center_img She urged lawmakers to reject the bill, and limit the state’s sports betting market to tribal venues. This was facilitated by a bill signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee in March last year, amid vocal complaints from the state’s largest cardroom operator Maverick Gaming.  The bill aims to permit cardrooms and racetracks to offer in-person and online wagering to patrons aged 18 and above. Operators will be required to pay a $100,000 (£73,062/€83,474) licence fee, then a 10% tax on gross revenue.  However Eric Persson, chief executive of Maverick Gaming, argued the bill would allow the operator to create 10 jobs per cardroom, and preserve existing roles at its properties. He was supported at the hearing by testimonies from employees and unions.  Its executive director Rebecca George suggested that the bill would in fact permit statewide mobile betting. This would contravene the state’s strict prohibition on gambling online, she explained.  Each property would be allowed to partner a third party provider to launch a single online offering. This third party must to secure a Casino Service Industry Enterprise licence.  Email Address Washington bill would extend legal betting to cardrooms 5th February 2021 | By Robin Harrison Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Land-based casino Regulation Online sports betting Retail sports betting Sports betting regulationlast_img

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