BetMGM has teamed up with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, securing a retail sports betting entry in Washington State with the tribe-owned Emerald Queen Casino (EQC). The sports betting and iGaming operator continues to expand in the rapidly-developing US gambling landscape.
BetMGM and Emerald Queen Shape Partnership in Washington
Commenting on this success, BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt said that the move marks another key moment for BetMGM as it continues to grow its western footprint with the latest Washington deal. “The Puyallup Tribe and Emerald Queen Casino are ideal partners for us as they represent the same high level of service, amenities, and experiences that are built into our DNA at BetMGM,” Greenblatt said.
Emerald Queen Casino controls two properties in Fife and Tacoma. While regulatory approvals are still pending, BetMGM expects to launch retail sports betting operations in both locations. The company has already outlined the products and hardware it will be bringing to both locations as well.
The property in Tacoma, for example, will feature six ticket windows and 30 betting kiosks. There will be dedicated viewing areas which will include a dozen 86-inch high-definition TVs along with a 500-square-foot LED wall to never miss a beat. The location in Fife will also offer 22 betting kiosks to visitors.
The news was welcome by Emerald Queen general manager Frank Wright Jr who was excited to be welcoming BetMGM as the company’s latest partner. “As industry leaders, EQC and BetMGM are two entertainment powerhouses and combined, and we will deliver the ultimate fan experience in sports betting,” Wright stated.
Growing Momentum for Tribal Betting in the USA
In September, BetMGM secured a market entry in South Dakota, signing up with Hospitality’s Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort and Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resorts. Rival companies have also been keen on expanding their footprint in Washington.
FanDuel struck a partnership with Suquamish Clearwater Casino and owner Port Madison Enterprises to launch a dedicated sportsbook in Washington State. This comes in the wake of formal approval for tribal casinos to pursue betting partnerships in early September.