Betfred launches in Washington State, Warren Moon completes his first bet

Posted: August 31, 2022, 11:42 a.m.

Last update: August 31, 2022, 11:42 a.m.

Betfred launched in its sixth US state on Wednesday as the bookmaker celebrated its bookmaker’s grand opening at the Silver Reed Casino Resort in Ferndale, WA.

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Legendary football quarterback Warren Moon holds up the bet slip he placed Wednesday at the Silver Reed Casino Resort in Ferndale, WA. Betfred and the Lummi Nation, which operates the casino, celebrated the official opening of the bookmaker on Wednesday. (Picture: Betfred)

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who played for both the University of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks, placed the first bet at the Tribal Casino operated by the Lummi Nation.

The bookmaker Betfred operates where a bar used to be in the casino. With more than 2,000 square feet, the book includes several high-definition video screens as well as several self-service stations and kiosks.

“Sports betting will be a fantastic new convenience for our customers and will allow us to continue to provide the best gaming and resort experience in the Northwest,” said Marty Sauvage, CEO of Silver Reef.

Silver Reef is located approximately 80 miles north of Seattle and 40 miles south of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Sports betting is only permitted at Class III tribal casinos in the state. Anyone 18 or older can place a bet, and betting is allowed on professional sports and major college sports, with the exception of college events involving a public school.

Betfred is expanding rapidly in the United States

Betfred is eager to expand into the United States. The English-based operator’s US division was live in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana and Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Betfred USA COO Bryan Bennett said in a statement that the company sees Washington as a viable market and is eager to partner with Lummi Nation.

We look forward to using our 50 years of betting creation experience to make Betfred Sportsbook at Silver Reef Casino Resort the go-to destination for sports betting in the state,” said Bennett.

Beyond Washington, Betfred intends to operate a sportsbook at the Virgin Hotel Las Vegas’ Mohegan Sun Casino and partner with the Cincinnati Bengals to operate in Ohio. Betfred is also looking to enter Maryland and Virginia.

These four states must still be approved by state regulators.

Washington sportsbooks targeted by lawsuit

The state law that allows Washington officials to change gaming pacts with tribal operators and allow sports betting is the target of a lawsuit from Maverick Gaming. The company, which operates gambling halls in the Pacific Northwest, has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that India’s Gaming Regulation Act gives tribal gambling operators exclusive access to gambling opportunities that commercial operators do not. cannot access in Washington State.

Earlier this month, the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe filed a motion to intervene in the case, filed in federal district court in Tacoma. The motion to intervene also seeks to dismiss the case.

Maverick Gaming CEO Eric Persson is a member of the Shoalwater Bay Tribe.

“We did not take this step to seek the dismissal of Maverick Gaming’s lawsuit lightly. It pains us to have to legally oppose a member of our own tribe,” Shoalwater Bay President Charlene Nelson said in a statement when the petition was filed. “But the trial of Eric Persson left us no choice. If successful, this self-serving case would cause irreparable harm to historically marginalized tribal communities as well as the general public.