Washington Casino Issues
When it comes to playing casino games in a casino, Washington offers more than just baccarat and roulette. In fact, Washington has many of the best places for playing casino games including three of the five indoor casinos in the state, as well as the largest Internet gaming websites in the U.S. Washington State gaming regulators have regulated online and internet gambling since the mid-1990s. Today, Washington State allows anyone over the age of eighteen to gamble legally in a variety of casino gaming venues.
Washington State regulates all of the gambling in the state including online and internet gaming. Each casino in Washington State is required to have a gaming license which is issued by the State of Washington and must be displayed prominently on the casino floor. Per Washington State law, all gaming venues are required to separate slots from other gaming areas on the casino floor. Slots are not allowed to be mixed with other gaming areas. However, you will sometimes see a small table set up next to a slot machine to allow the slots to be played adjacent to the machines in the same casino. Casinos are required to leave a white light on at all times so that all players can be guided to the designated gaming area for each game.
There are also a number of Washington State gaming tribes that operate independent of the major gaming corporations. Examples of these tribes are the Wazu Native American Gaming Association, the Spokane Tribe, and the Spokane Indians Casino and Hotel Slots Club. In addition to providing free slot machines for their patrons, some of these tribes allow customers to play certain types of craps or poker on their casino property. These tribal members have been licensed by the state to operate their casino properties. Although they are not required to obtain a casino license like non-Tribal members, operating a casino on tribal land does not allow non-residents to participate in gaming activities.
There are a number of different types of gaming compacts in Washington State. Each gaming compact has a specific set of rules and regulations which must be followed. Most gaming compacts have a provision which prohibits gambling devices which are designed to help “anyone” win a prize or “anyone” use a slot machine, etc. This language was added as an attempt to prevent machines from being used for “any” type of gaming.
Bingo is one of the most well-known of the casino games. It is often played at both live gaming facilities and in online bingo halls. Today, more than half of Washington State’s residents participate in at least one bingo game at least once per week. The popular casino game, however, is called “10am” since it is usually played in bars and clubs around the world at various times throughout the day. “10am” is not actually a name of any particular Bingo card, but rather the Bingo symbol which many players immediately recognize.
Another popular type of casino game, which is found in Washington State casinos and halls is “Wet Poker”. WPT is played by players who bet small amounts (a fraction of a dollar) on the possibility that the player will “wash out” – that is, lose the entire amount of money they are betting on. If this happens, the player must wait until another casino closes (usually around 10am) and then make another bet of the same size. Because there is no limit to how much one person can bet on “Wet Poker”, it is sometimes referred to as “10-hour poker”, “baccarat” or “casino poker.”
Professional sports betting can also be found in many Washington State casinos. Professional sports betting can be legalized in the State of Washington if the following conditions are met. These include that the State is not involved in professional sports betting (the Washington State Admiralty Court has issued a ruling granting exclusive rights to the State to operate the state’s casinos and betting), that there are no gambling acts in the state which violate the Constitution of the United States and that the State has no financial interest in or for the operation of professional sports betting.
Washington State permits video poker games and online slot machines but does not allow sports betting at any Washington casino. Las Vegas, Alaska, and Oregon do allow sports betting at their state casinos. A few other states, such as Illinois, have considered, but have not passed laws allowing sports betting at their casinos. The question of whether sports betting should be allowed in a Washington casino is a complex one.