ilani opens the first sportsbook in Clark County

COWLITZ INDIAN RESERVATION – With the recent opening of its sportsbook, ilani has become Clark County’s premier sportsbook.

Guests wishing to place wagers can do so at the casino’s sports book desk, which is open daily, or at one of ilani’s 24-hour kiosks, located adjacent to The Stadium Sports Bar & Grill and located throughout the casino floor. They can also create their bet online before placing it at any of the sports betting kiosks.

Washington law permits online sports betting, but only if wagers are placed and accepted at a tribal casino while the customer placing the wager is physically there. At ilani, people cannot place bets on their mobile phones – only at kiosks.

Kara Fox-LaRose, President and CEO of ilani, said her team saw a lot of anticipation and enthusiasm for sports betting. She added that they are excited to unveil the new convenience to cater to the diverse interests of casino-goers.

In addition to becoming the first sports betting establishment in the county, ilani recently opened The Stadium Sports Bar & Grill with adjacent Betting Lounge. The restaurant serves upscale stadium fare, including onion rings, wings, baby back ribs, and burgers.

The casino says The Stadium Sports Bar & Grill has the largest video wall in the area, which is integrated with the Listen Everywhere app so guests can listen to games on their smartphones.

Washington legalized sports betting at tribal casinos in March 2020. The tribes then began changing their agreements with the state to include the sports betting industry. The Tulalip tribes agreed with the state to launch mobile sports betting in April 2021. The Suquamish, Kalispel, and Snoqualmie tribes soon followed suit and took up wagers through their casinos.

The Snoqualmie Casino near Seattle was the first tribe to open its sportsbook. According to Gaming Today, the state now has eight additional compacts that allow sports betting with the Cowlitz, Lummi, Puyallup, Spokane, Squaxin, Stillaguamish, Suquamish and Tulalip tribes.

Prior to 2018, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act prevented states from legalizing commercial sports betting. Only Nevada was exempt because it housed the industry for decades before becoming illegal in 1992. However, in May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the law, letting states decide whether to legalize sports betting. Now more than half of the states have legalized it, 21 of which allow online betting.


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