Washington Gambling Sites – A Guide to Gambling In Washington

Washington gambling laws allow casinos, horse racing, a state lottery, and
most other forms of gaming.

But they’re strict when it comes to gambling online.

In addition to discussing Washington’s online gambling laws, we’ll also
cover offshore gaming sites, land-based gambling laws in Washington, where to gamble in Washington, Washington’s
gambling history and the future of gambling in Washington

Online Gambling and Washington Law

Is Online Gambling Legal in Washington?

No, online gambling is not legal in Washington. The Washington Revised Code
strictly prohibits the transmission of gambling information over the internet.
This law applies to both players and operators.

Washington is one of the few states with specific laws on the books about
online gambling.

Here’s what the Washington State Gambling Commission website says about
internet gambling:

“The Washington
State Constitution (Article II Section 24)
prohibits all gambling activities
unless the activity is specifically authorized in State law. Internet gambling
has never been authorized and is illegal in Washington State.

To further clarify this, in 2006, the Washington State Legislature amended RCW
9.46.240
to affirmatively state that Internet gambling is illegal in
Washington State.

The penalty for transmitting gambling information was also increased from a
gross misdemeanor to a class C felony.

It is illegal to:

  • Operate an Internet gambling site.
  • Gamble on the Internet.
  • Install or maintain equipment to send or receive gambling information.
  • Facilitate Internet gambling in any way.”

Can I Get Arrested for Gambling Online in Washington?

Yes, you can get arrested for gambling online in Washington. It’s a felony to
gamble online in Washington, which seems like a strict penalty when compared to
many other states, where it’s usually a misdemeanor.

But we couldn’t find record of any individual who has been arrested for
gambling online in Washington.

Law enforcement in Washington doesn’t have much interested in pursuing
individual online gamblers; they’re interested in residents who are running
illegal casinos online and on land.

Is Washington Going to Legalize Online Gaming?

It’s safe to say that since Washington went to the length of specifically
prohibiting online gambling and making it a felony, they most likely won’t
legalize online gambling.

Although Washington gambling sites could bring revenue into the state, it
seems that Washington is set on outlawing all forms of online gambling.

It’s possible that with some political changes and a push from the current
casinos, online gambling could come to Washington, but it would be a long time
before we saw any change.

How Do I Choose a Good Online Gaming Site?

Our best advice to all our readers is to follow the laws in your state. But
if you’re going to risk it, you can find Washington gambling sites operating in
other countries. These are companies who don’t mind skirting the legal situation
in the state.

If you decide to play at one of these sites, you need to take appropriate
steps to find one that’s legitimate.

Choosing a good online gaming site can be easy if you know what to look for.

  • Deposit Options

    Check the deposit options available on the site. If you
    don’t feel comfortable using the deposit options available, look for a different
    site. Also check the withdrawal options.

  • Game Variety

    Look into the all the games that the site offers. You want to
    make sure there’s enough content to keep you entertained.

  • Read Reviews

    Read reviews from current or past members of the site. Reading
    reviews can be the most crucial part of your research because it gives you the
    best idea of what you can expect from the website.

  • Talk to Customer Service

    Email, call, or live chat with the customer
    service team of the website you’re considering. You don’t have to have a real
    question; just come up with anything. The point of contacting the customer
    service department is to see how professional and quick they are.

  • Read the Small Print

    Read the fine print on the sign-up promotions. Some
    promotions seem too good to be true, and they usually are. Reading the fine
    print about the promotion tells you how much you have to wager or how long you
    have to be a member before you get the promotional value.

Are Offshore Gambling Sites Safe?

Checking how long a site has been in business and reviewing their licenses
can let you know if a site is safe.

For any business to stay open, they have to have customers. Check how long
the site has been in business and it will give you a good idea about if they
have loyal customers that are happy with the site. A site that has been open 10
years has more loyal customers and more reviews than a site that has been open
10 months.

Offshore gambling sites have different restrictions and regulations when
getting their license than businesses in the U.S. do. Read into the details of
the regulations they have to follow to learn about the fees and restrictions the
site might have.

Are Daily Fantasy Sports Legal in Washington?

No, daily fantasy sports are illegal in Washington.

Here’s what the Washington State Gambling Commission Spots Wagering page says
about it:

“In 1973, when the Gambling Act was first passed 100 square sports pool
boards were authorized. We believe these boards were popular at the time and
that’s why they were specifically authorized. We understand the NCAA basketball
“Final Four” tournament and the bracket pools often associated with the
tournament increased in popularity after 1979 when ESPN aired on television.
However, bracket pools, office sports pools, and fantasy sports have never been
authorized as gambling activities in Washington State and are illegal.”

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More Gambling Laws in Washington

  • Casino Games (Legal)
  • Lottery (Legal)
  • Sports and Race Betting (Parimuteul Only)
  • Bingo (Charitable games only)
  • Social Gambling (Illegal Eith Exceptions)

The Washington Revised Code defines gambling as:

“staking or risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of
chance or a future contingent event not under the person’s control or influence,
upon an agreement or understanding that the person or someone else will receive
something of value in the event of a certain outcome. Gambling does not include
fishing derbies as defined by this chapter, parimutuel betting and handicapping
contests”

Casino Games: Legal


Casinos can be found throughout Washington. Most casinos in Washington are
tribal casinos.

Tribal casinos are authorized for class three games, so you can find your
favorite casino games, including craps, poker, blackjack, and roulette, at these
casinos.

Here’s a list of the authorized card games that card rooms in these casinos
can offer:

Sports and Race Betting: Parimutuel Only


Parimutuel, or pool betting, is legal in Washington.

Here’s what the Washington State Gambling Commission Sports Wagering page
says:

“Both businesses and individuals may offer 100 square sports pool boards.
Strict rules must be followed when offering them (RCW 9.46.0335).

  • Each business or individual may offer only one board on any single athletic event.
  • The board must be divided into 100 squares.
  • You may charge up to one dollar per square. Each player must be charged the same entry fee (up to one dollar per square).
  • Each player picks a square and their name is written in the square.
  • Numbers representing game scores are randomly assigned to each square.

You should develop and post house rules for how the sports pool board will be
operated. For example, a deadline for collecting prize money, winner
identification, requirements for someone other than a winner collecting a prize,
what will happen if there is a tie, and how money will be distributed if a
winning square is not sold.

The sports pool board must be available for inspection by anyone purchasing a
square, Gambling Commission agents, and other law enforcement representatives.

These limitations apply to all sporting events equally (Super Bowl, Final
Four, etc.).

It is illegal to have a sports pool board where you:

  • Have more than one board per athletic event;
  • Offer anything other than 100 squares;
  • or Charge more than one dollar per square.

The 100 square sports pool board is the only sports wagering authorized in
Washington State law.”

Greyhound racing is illegal in Washington. Here’s what the Washington Revised
Code says about greyhound racing:

“A person may not hold, conduct, or operate live greyhound racing for public
exhibition, parimutuel betting, or special exhibition events, if such activities
are conducted for gambling purposes. A person may not transmit or receive
intrastate or interstate simulcasting of greyhound racing for commercial,
parimutuel, or exhibition purposes, if such activities are conducted for
gambling purposes.

A person who violates this section is guilty of a class B felony, under RCW
9.46.220, professional gambling in the first degree, and is subject to the
penalty under RCW 9A.20.021″

Lottery: Legal


Washington has a state-regulated lottery.

Here’s what the Washington state lottery website says:

“In addition to Washington’s Lottery players who took home $432.9 million
last year, the Lottery helps fund and support people and communities all over
the state. From the student who receives a college grant, to the convenience
store owner supporting his family, to the CenturyLink Stadium employee,
Washington’s Lottery continues to contribute to the well-being of others with
its proceeds.”

The Washington state lottery revenue goes toward:

  • Winners 61.6%
  • WOPA Education 18.3%
  • Cost of Sales 6.3%
  • Retailers 5.1%
  • Stadium & Exhibition Center 1.7%
  • General Fund 4.5%
  • Administration 2.1%
  • Economic Development 0.4%
  • And problem gambling

Washington state lottery games include:

  • Power Ball
  • Mega Millions
  • Lotto
  • Hit 5
  • Match 4
  • Daily Game
  • Daily Keno
  • And scratch off cards

Bingo: Charitable Games Only


Social card games, dice games, bingo, raffles, and more are all legal for
charitable and nonprofit organizations to run in Washington.

Here’s what the Washington charitable gaming laws say about charitable and
nonprofit organization gambling activities:

“The legislature hereby authorizes bona fide charitable or nonprofit
organizations to conduct bingo games, raffles, amusement games, and fund raising
events, and to utilize punch boards and pull-tabs and to allow their premises
and facilities to be used by only members, their guests, and members of a
chapter or unit organized under the same state, regional, or national charter or
constitution, to play social card games authorized by the commission, when
licensed, conducted or operated pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and
rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.”

Social card games, punch boards, and pull tab games are also legal at
restaurants. Here’s what the Washington charitable gaming laws say about it:

“The legislature hereby authorizes any person, association or organization
operating an established business primarily engaged in the selling of food or
drink for consumption on the premises to conduct social card games and to
utilize punch boards and pull-tabs as a commercial stimulant to such business
when licensed and utilized or operated pursuant to the provisions of this
chapter and rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.”

Social gambling: Illegal With Exceptions


Washington gambling laws are based off three elements, which are a prize,
wagering, and chance. In order for it to be gambling, all three elements have to
be present, and if one of them is missing, it’s not considered gambling.

Washington residents can play any casino game in their home, as long as it’s
missing one of the three elements of gambling.

Here’s a list of the tribal casinos located in Washington:

Washington

    1) Lucky Eagle Casino

    12888 188th Avenue SW,

    Rochester, WA 98579

    (360) 273-2000

    2) Coulee Dam Casino

    515 Birch Street,

    Coulee Dam, WA 99116

    1-800-556-7492

    3) Mill Bay Casino

    455 E. Wapato Lake Rd,

    Manson, WA 98831

    1-800-648-2946

    4) 12 Tribes Resort

    28968 Highway 97,

    Omak, WA 98841

    1-800-559-4643

    5) Ilani Casino Resort

    1 Cowlitz Way,

    Ridgefield, WA 98642

    1-877-464-5264

    6) 7 Cedars Casino

    270756 Hwy 101,

    Sequim, WA 98382

    (360) 683-7777

    7) Northern Quest Casino

    100 N. Hayford Road,

    Airway Heights, WA 99001

    (509) 242-7000

    8) Silver Reef Casino

    4876 Haxton Way,

    Ferndale, WA 98428

    (360) 383-0777

    9) Muckleshoot Casino

    2402 Auburn Way S.,

    Auburn, WA 98002

    (800) 804-4944

    10) Muckleshoot Bingo

    2117 Auburn Way S,

    Auburn, WA 98002

    (253) 735-2404

    11) Red Wind Casino

    12819 Yelm Hwy SE,

    Olympia, WA 98513

    (360) 412-5000

    12) The Point Casino

    7989 Salish Lane NE,

    Kingston, WA 98346

    (360) 297-0070

    13) Emerald Queen Casino at I-5

    2024 E. 29th St.,

    Tacoma, WA 98404

    (253) 594-7777

    14) EQC at FIFE

    5700 Pacific Highway E,

    Fife, WA 98424

    (253) 594-7777

    15) Quinault Beach Resort & Casino

    78 State Route 115,

    Ocean Shores, WA 98569

    (360) 289-4466

    14) Lucky Dog Casino

    19330 US-101,

    Skokomish, WA 98584

    (360) 877-5656

    17) Snoqualmie Casino

    37500 SE North Bend Way,

    Snoqualmie, WA 98065

    (425) 888-1234

    18) Chewelah Casino

    2555 Smith Road,

    Chewela, WA 99109

    (509) 258-9845

    19) Two Rivers Casino

    6828-B Highway 25 South,

    Davenport, WA 99122

    1-800-954-2946

    20) Little Creek Casino Resort

    91 West State Route 108,

    Shelton, WA 98584

    (360) 427-7711

    21) Angel of the Winds Casino

    3438 Stoluckaguamish Lane,

    Arlington, WA 98223

    (360) 474-9740

    22) Suquamish Clearwater Resort

    15347 Suquamish Way NE,

    Suquamish, WA 98392

    (360) 598-8700

    23) Suquamish Casino

    12885 Casino Drive,

    Anacortes, WA 98221

    (360) 293-2691

    24) Tulalip Resort Casino

    10200 Quil Ceda Blvd,

    Tulalip, WA 98270

    (360) 716-6000

    25) Skagit Valley Casino

    5984 N. Dark Lane,

    Bow, WA 98232

    (360) 724-7777

    26) Yakama Legends Casino

    580 E. Fort Road,

    Toppenish, WA 98948

    (509) 865-8800

History of Gambling in Washington

1933

Washington legalized pari-mutuel wagering on horse races.

1973

The Gambling Commission oversees charity gambling including bingo, pull tabs, raffles, and casio nights.

1982

The Washington state lottery is legalized.

1992

Washington Signs it’s first compact with a native tribe to open casinos.

1997

Card rooms that offer non banked games are legalized outside of tribal lands.

2006

Internet gambling is made a felony for both players and operators.

2010

The poker Players Alliance goes to the Supreme Court to question the Internet gambling ban, but fails with the Supreme Court choosing to back the state.

2013

A bill is put forward to regulate intra state poker in Washington but it doesn’t make it far before it’s rejected.

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Washington Gambling Future

Washington has legalized plenty of gambling, including casinos, social
gambling, charitable gambling, a lottery, and parimutuel horse racing.

But Washington gambling sites seem to be out of the question.

Since Washington has strictly prohibited daily fantasy sports online and made
gambling online a felony for both players and operators, it’s unlikely
Washington will ever have a state-regulated gambling site.