Tribal Poll: Less Support for Sports Betting in Washington in Cardrooms
Not enough voters want to see Washington Sports betting has been expanded to include the state’s commercially operated card rooms, according to a new survey.
This survey was carried out by FM3 research In favor of Washington Indian Gaming Association. The poll, which was conducted from late January to early February, revealed 41% of voters are in favor of expanding WA sports betting. That’s compared to 48% the enlargement did not want that. The other 11% were unsure.
The poll also took place 42% of voters hold an unfavorable opinion of the state 44 Card rooms. Just 23% they responded with a positive opinion. Respondents preferred tribal casinos 76% -11%.
Tribal casinos won their battle for WA sports betting exclusivity last year.
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The survey shows that this does not exist 60% needed super major to back a wager expansion to card rooms. That’s probably because of it Maverick Gaming and CEO Eric Persson vowed to spend Tens of millions of dollars to fight last year’s legislative decision.
From the WIGA press release:
A card room operator, Maverick Gaming, has threatened to spend between $ 20 million and $ 30 million on a possible election initiative and other lobbying and advocacy efforts to legalize sports betting in card rooms in Washington state. Maverick has the backing of a deeply pocketed nongovernmental hedge fund focused on gambling investments and poured an additional $ 1 million into a campaign committee in February, raising the war chest to $ 2 million.
Persson told LSR last year that an emergency clause was added to the enabling legislation to circumvent this 60% requirement. Surveys by Maverick indicated that a tribal-only initiative was under-supported.
Persson did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Shortly after the initial hearing of this year’s efforts to keep sports betting in card rooms in Washington, Persson told KIRO-TV that his company would keep pushing “until we break that door”.
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This first hearing is ready SB 5212 would get this year.
Now more than 13 months after this Governor Jay Inslee Signed tribal bets into law, Sports Betting in Waashington is still not live.
The wheels are finally moving a little faster. A preliminary agreement between the Tulalip trunks and Washington Gaming Regulators has been announced Friday. Another preliminary agreement with the Suquamish Tribe got introduced Monday.
Still, the start is not just around the corner. The Washington State Gambling Commission doesn’t expect sports betting to begin NFL Betting this year.