Washington state regulators move forward with sports betting rules

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The Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC) on Wednesday approved "pre-licensing qualification rules,” which lay out a list of what interested sportsbook operators can begin to pull together ahead of the application process.

The WSGC is merely collecting information from interested parties, as it can’t move forward with approving potential operators until a more comprehensive set of rules is approved. "This rule is not the end-all, be-all for sports wagering,” said WSGC Director Dave Trujillo, as reported by Sports Handle. "But it starts the process.”

On March 25, 2020, Washington lawmakers legalized sports wagering to occur on premises only at tribal casinos, making it one of two states to legalize last year. The other, Virginia, legalized in April 2020, and operators went live there in late January. In Washington State, the process has been slower in part because the state must renegotiate tribal compacts to include sports betting. New rules will need to be implemented before Class III tribal facilities can offer sports wagering at current Class III tribal facilities.