BetMGM has announced that it has agreed terms on a deal with Puyallup Tribe of Indians that will see the gaming company operate retail sportsbooks at two tribal casinos in Washington state.
The Emerald Queen Casino operates in two locations in Fife and Tacoma although both have yet to receive regulatory approval to launch sports betting. However plans have already been made for the retail sportsbooks with both expected to launch in the very near future.
Speaking of the new partnership, BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt said:
“Today’s announcement marks another key moment in the expansion of BetMGM as we extend our western footprint into Washington. The Puyallup Tribe and Emerald Queen Casino are ideal partners for us as they represent the same high-level of service, amenities and experiences that is built into our DNA at BetMGM.”
In the same press release, Emerald Queen general manager Frank Wright Jr went on to add:
“We are very excited to be working with BetMGM to bring legal sports betting to sports fans in the Pacific Northwest. As industry leaders, EQC and BetMGM are two entertainment powerhouses, and combined we will deliver the ultimate fan experience in sports betting.”
The state gambling commission approved rules in July 2021 and Washington sports betting officially launched on September 9th as the NFL season kicked off.
Current sports betting legislation allows for retail betting at tribal casinos with mobile sports betting only allowed if the customer is located in a tribal property licensed for sports betting.