As the largest legal sportsbook operator in the US market, FanDuel continues to expand at an accelerated pace. Most of the new states the company enters is spearheaded by its popular mobile sportsbook app. This is how FanDuel grew to become No. 1 in terms of total market share.
Despite the fact that most of FanDuel’s revenue is generated by online sports betting, the company remains committed to expanding its presence in the retail sector. Case in point is the recent agreement on Washington sportsbooks.
UK-based Flutter Entertainment is the parent company of FanDuel, which is based among the New Jersey online sportsbooks. It was recently announced that a retail FanDuel Sportsbook will open in the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.
This tribal gaming casino resort is owned and operated by the Suquamish Tribe in conjunction with Port Madison Enterprises.
Early details for the FanDuel Sportsbook include three live betting windows plus 12 self-service betting kiosks. The book will also feature 17 different television screens for broadcasting live sporting events. There will be stadium-style seating throughout the facility with easy access to betting stations while viewing the games.
The agreement also adds three more self-serve betting kiosks in the casino’s Beach Rock Music and Sports Lounge. The sportsbook itself will be branded as FanDuel with a branding presence in the sports lounge.
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Keith Wall is FanDuel’s Vice President of Retail. He made the following comments as part of a recent company release:
“We are excited to partner with Port Madison Enterprises and the Suquamish Tribe to bring America’s No. 1 sportsbook to the state of Washington. The Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort will be a truly impressive location for the West Coast expansion of our FanDuel Sportsbook retail operations.”
Washington State is one of the latest states in the US to go live with legal sports betting. House Bill 2638 paved the way for legal sports betting through retail sportsbooks at in-state tribal casinos. The bill was passed and signed into law in May of last year.
The state’s regulatory process dragged on longer than expected. Yet, the goal of a September launch was still achieved. The most important part of the process was federal approval of nine amended tribal gaming compacts.
Once the US Department of the Interior signed off on these compacts, the path to going live was cleared. The Suquamish Tribe had an agreement in place on an amended compact in May.
Suquamish Tribe chairman Leonard Forsman added his sentiments on this accomplishment as follows:
“We are so pleased with the recent addition of sports wagering to our gaming compact, making sports betting legal in the state for the first time. Revenue from sports wagering will help support the Suquamish Tribe’s important governmental services offered to both tribal members and the local non-tribal community.”
The Snoqualmie Casino was the first tribal sportsbook to start accepting legal bets in the state. It was only fitting that former NBA great Shawn Kemp placed the first wager. He was a member of the Seattle SuperSonics. This NBA franchise later became the Oklahoma City Thunder.