BetMGM partners with Puyallup Tribe for sports betting in Washington

BetMGM, the joint venture between MGM Resorts and Entain, has secured access into the Washington sports betting market through a deal with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

This follows a similar deal between Flutter Entertainment’s FanDuel and the Suquamish Tribe last week.

BetMGM’s deal with the Puyallup Tribe

Yesterday, BetMGM announced it had established a partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to operate retail sports betting at the Emerald Queen Casino (EQC) in Washington state.

Emerald Queen Casino operates two properties in Fife and Tacoma. Pending regulatory approvals, sports betting will be available at both locations in the near future. 

The BetMGM Sportsbook in Tacoma will feature state-of-the-art sports betting and viewing technology. The facility will feature six ticket windows and 30 kiosks. The sports viewing area will also include a dozen 86″ high-def TVs and a 500+ square foot LED Wall.

Meanwhile, the Fife location will offer sports betting at 22 betting kiosks.

Frank Wright Jr., General Manager of Emerald Queen, said, “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.”

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.”

Another state for BetMGM

Washington is now the latest state where BetMGM has secured market access and comes after BetMGM launched a sportsbook facility in the state of Mississippi last month.

At the time of writing, BetMGM’s mobile sports betting app is available in Michigan, Virginia, DC, New Jersey, Nevada, West Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, Colorado, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Mississippi.

Sports betting in Washington

Washington legalized sports betting in March 2020 after Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law permitting tribal casinos to offer land-based sports betting. The law also allows for mobile sports betting within a gambling facility, similar to the setup in the state of Mississippi.

As a result, the tribes in the state were required to renegotiate their gaming compacts with the state, which Inslee approved in July 2021.

Legal sports betting went live in the state of Washington last month with the Snoqualmie Tribe becoming the first tribe in the state to open a casino sportsbook. The Snoqualmie Casino teamed up with International Game Technology (IGT) to operate its sportsbook facility.

Last month, the Department of the Interior approved nine sports betting compacts covering the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Lummi Nation, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, Spokane Tribe of Indians, Squaxin Island Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Suquamish Tribe, and Tulalip Tribes.

Several other sports betting compacts between tribal groups and Washington State are awaiting approval from the Department of the Interior.