Washington On Cusp of Legalizing Sports Betting, But Not For Mobile Wagering
by Jill R. Dorson
With one more vote, and the stroke of a pen, Washington State will be the first to legalize sports betting in 2020.
Late Thursday night, the Senate approved ESHB 2638, a tribal-only sports betting bill that will not permit statewide mobile sports-wagering, in the face of heated objections by several lawmakers. The 34-15 vote was a huge victory for the state’s tribes, but at least one card-room owner is threatening a legal challenge to what could be the country’s first sweeping tribal-only sports betting legislation.
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