Pledge to boost pandemic-depleted Washington state tax revenues now a main thrust of expanded sports gambling push

A renewed push is underway to expand sports betting in Washington state beyond tribal casinos, this time with a couple of noteworthy twists attached. The filing Wednesday of a Senate bill aimed at widening the scope of such gambling to include the state’s licensed card rooms and racetracks is once again being driven by Nevada-based Maverick Gaming. But unlike a similar, failed effort last year, SB 5212 is now a bi-partisan push with the pitch that tax revenues derived from sports gambling can help the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The only legal sports gaming in Washing…

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