Washington

Washington is a state with an advanced tribal casino gaming industry, cruise casinos, a state lottery and a range of charitable gaming options. A network of horse racing betting venues exists with off-track betting options on simulcast horse races.

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) are curiously prohibited, whilst Horse Racing betting are Games of Skill the sole legal online gaming options.
Given DFS is illegal under Washington’s gaming law, it could be awhile before online sports betting gains a toehold in the state.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

Washington is mostly an anti-gaming state but does allow gamblers a state lottery, horse racing betting of all possible kinds, tribal casinos and card clubs, some limited charitable gambling options and a home poker carve out under the law.

Sports & Gambling Type
Legal Land-Based
Legal Online
Sports Betting
No
No
Casinos
Yes
No
Fantasy Sports (DFS)
N/A
No
eSports
No
No
Poker
Yes
No
Horse Racing
Yes
Yes
Games of Skills
Yes
Yes
Lottery
Yes
No
Charitable Gambling
Yes
No

Washington Sports Betting Tax Rates

There is no state tax on gambling winnings in Washington State.

However, gambling wins over a $600 amount in Washington may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

We recommend contacting your tax attorney to assess your potential Federal tax liability if you have a big win in the state of Washington.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Washington

Washington maintains a liberal and easy to manage 18-years-of-age age limit on all its legal forms of gambling, other than casinos. The legal age in Casinos licensed to serve alcohol is 21, while all other casinos have a legal age of 18.

Sports & Gambling Type
Age
Sports Betting
N/A
DFS
N/A
Casinos
18-21 (Varies)
Horse Racing
18
Lottery
18
Charitable Bingo
18

Betting on Sports in Washington

Despite that U.S. Supreme Court ruling handing sports betting back to the states for self-determination on legalization, gambling laws in Washington clearly define sports betting as an illegal act.

Whilst even DFS is considered to be illegal, Washington State’s sports bettors do have legal sports betting options in the form of horse racing on which to wager legally.

Any further forms of sports betting such as betting on your favorite team, the Seattle Mariners or Seahawks, are considered to be illegal until Washington’s lawmakers get onboard with legalizing sports betting.

As yet, there have been no attempts by State’s Legislators in Washington to legalize sports betting and no such debates are currently on the legislative agenda. We will advise you if laws look like they may be amended to permit sports wagering.

Washington Online Sports Betting Laws

The Evergreen State of Washington does not currently offer online sports betting for either its residents-or-visitors to the Pacific Northwest State.

In 2006, Senate Bill SSB 6613 was passed in Washington State to curb any potential online gambling of any kind including online sports betting. The resulting law is one of the harshest in the country and deemed internet betting to be a Class C felony (fines of up to $10 000 and a potential 5 years in prison) in the State of Washington. Fortunately, no-one has ever been charged under this law (to date), as enforcement is a difficult process.

Regardless, legal online sports betting has some hurdles to overcome before it joins the other forms of legal gambling in Washington.

Meanwhile, sports bettors in the Evergreen State can place bets online for horse and greyhound racing.

Games of Skill are also available to play online, and seemingly exempt from the State’s strict gambling laws, due to a loophole in the State Code of Washington’s definition of gambling under (9.46.0237);

‘risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance’.

Online Fantasy Sports in Washington

Federal lawmakers have determined that Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) competitions are not gambling at all and they are determined to be games of skill, based on the knowledge of a player being the primary factor in influencing the outcome.

Despite the clarity on the issue at the Federal level, Washington State still sees DFS as illegal despite an attempt by the State’s lawmakers in 2017 to legalize the pastime with Bill SB 5169.

Unfortunately, the bill offered no rules, regulations or player protection definitions. Once the bill has been fine-tuned with a clear set of regulations, passage of the bill through the House may become easier and allow DFS sites to operate freely and accept players from Washington State.

eSports Online Betting Laws

Look for eSports to lead the way as one of new generation of ‘family-friendly’ betting options untarnished by the illegal past once Washington State welcomes legal sports betting.

eSports – What is it?

Simply put, eSports are organized tournaments where players – often referred to as ‘athletes’ – face off against each other in multiplayer video games. eSports have been around as long as multiplayer video games have. Now, however, with improvements in technology, online streaming services and being offered by international sportsbooks for betting purposes, have seen them surge in popularity.

A number of games are played competitively on the eSports circuit, however, the most popular are first-person shooters (FPS) like the Call of Duty franchise, real-time strategy games like Starcraft II, sports games like FIFA and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games such as League of Legends and Dota 2. All draw huge crowds and with each passing tournament, the prizes get richer and viewership increases.

Of course, when money is there to be made, sports-bettors are close behind. A full range of international bookmakers now frame betting markets on the major network of global eSports tournaments.

Look for eSports at your favorite soon-to-be legal Washington sportsbook.

Horse Racing in Washington

In the Evergreen State, the Washington Horse Racing Commission (WHRC) oversees and administers tracks, races, animal welfare and licensing of horse racing and horse racing betting.

Horse and Greyhound racing betting can only be conducted online in Washington and a network of off-track betting locations supplies horse racing betting facilities only.

Trackside Betting

There are 5 tracks in Washington State offering live horse racing betting and simulcast racing betting services.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Washington

OTB Betting is permitted in Washington at a network of 10 designated OTB branches.

Online Horse Racing in Washington

Despite the state’s stance on online gambling, Horse Racing Betting Online is readily available to Washington’s visitors and residents.

It’s important to note that Horse Racing Betting websites are actually legal in Washington State. The Racing Commission specifically lists several sites as legal, licensed and authorized to take bets online for horse racing. It is possible to visit and place wagers online without any fear of breaking Washington’s harsh online gambling law.

Visitors and residents of Washington can find attractive online odds on thoroughbred racing in the U.S. and all major horse racing venues worldwide directly from their tablets, phones, other mobile devices or home computers.

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