It has been announced today that sports betting is to expand further in the Washington State following an agreement being made between two Native American Tribes; Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and Kalispel Tribe of Indians.
The agreement will expand on the legalisation framework of sports betting in the state, which follows previous agreements with two other tribes in the region.
Now that an agreement has been made, following ongoing discussions and negotiations, two additional casinos will now be permitted to operate sports betting facilities in the near future; Snoqualmie Casino and Northern Quest Casino.
A spokesperson for one of the tribes has expressed their thanks to administrators in the state for making this move happen and expand on the existing sports betting framework that is in place.
This will open up more sports betting opportunities within the state and allow residents greater access to verticals for wagering on sports.
It is reported that the expansion of sports betting within the state will contribute to expanding tribal programs and community partnerships within jurisdictions.
This agreement is a major milestones in the states history, particularly in the gambling field, and will be part of an update to legislation should the amendments be officially approved at a hearing in June of this year.
However, although an agreement has been reached, sports betting cannot commence until the compact amendment is final and signed by both tribes and the US Department of the Interior, a federal executive department responsible for the management and conservation of most federal lands and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native Americans.
According to reports, state administrators and the two tribes cooperated on the agreement to ensure that sports betting is to be conducted with the highest integrity for honest and legal gambling activities.
More than a year ago, an announcement was made to legalise sports betting in the Washington State and developments are now unfolding that will see the recreational activity expanded and progressed throughout 2021.
Revenue generated from sports betting will remain in the state of Washington and will contribute to job creation and local and regional charities.