The company teamed up with the Puyallup Tribe of Washington Indians to open a retail sportsbook at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma on Monday. The ceremonial first bets at the facility were placed by former Seattle Mariner player Edgar Martinez, former NFL running back Marshawn Terrel Lynch, retired NFL star Lawyer Milloy, and former football wide receiver Sydney Rice.
The new BetMGM Sportsbook @ EQC claims the bragging rights for being the largest physical wagering venue in the Northwest. The venue features six live ticket windows, 30 self-service kiosks, a 500-square-foot video wall, over 12 86’’ HDTVs, and 70 DreamSeat leather armchairs.
‘’We’re thrilled to expand BetMGM’s presence in Washington, a significant market filled with some of the country’s most passionate sports fans,’’ said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt in a press release.
‘’Together with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and our partners at Emerald Queen Casino, we’re proud to welcome guests to the state’s premier sportsbook.’’
The partners are also planning to launch retail betting kiosks at another establishment owned by the tribe, Emerald Queen Casino in Fife. The betting kiosks at EQC Fife will start taking bets on Monday, December 27.
Also, BetMGM is working on developing a mobile app that bettors can download and use to place sports wagers within the premises of the two facilities. The app will be rolled out early next year.
In its statement about the rollout of retail sports wagering at EQC, The Puyallup Tribal Council lauded Emerald Queen Casino for going all out to make the new sportsbook a premier destination for bettors in the Pacific Northwest.
‘’EQC has really gone above and beyond in making BetMGM Sportsbook at EQC the premier destination for sports betting in the Northwest. We’ve got the biggest video screen in the country, great seating, and an opening day that brought sports legends plus a live broadcast and a live game. We are striving to offer the best sports betting experience around at the Betting Capital of the Northwest,’’ said the Puyallup Tribe’s governing body.
‘’You have to see our massive video wall to believe it. It’s just one component of the immersive experience that sets BetMGM Sportsbook at EQC apart from every other sportsbook in the Pacific Northwest,’’ added EQC General Manager Frank Wright Jr.
Emerald Queen Casino Tacoma is the fourth tribal gaming facility to offer sports betting in Washington State.
Snoqualmie Casino, which is owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe, was the first facility to offer sports betting in the jurisdiction when it launched operations on September 9.
The Arlington-based Angel of the Winds Casino joined the market on December 1, and three days later, Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights launched its Turf Club Sports Book. The Stillaguamish tribe owns Angel of the Winds Casino, while Northern Quest Casino is owned by the Kalispel Indian Tribe. The three sportsbooks are powered by IGT PlaySports Technology.
In addition to these casinos, the Suquamish Tribe is also set to open a FanDuel retail sportsbook at its property – Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort – in the near future.
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