The state of Washington is home to three major league sports teams, as of now, soon to be four with the addition of a National Hockey League team. All of the major professional sports teams play out of the Seattle metropolitan area, which is home to over half of the states residents at a population of close to 4 million.

Sports betting has gone mainstream in the United States over the past couple years following the federal governments repeal of the ban on sports betting across the country back in 2018. The same is true in Washington State with betting on sports becoming the norm among residents of the Evergreen State.

Looking to get in on the action? I will give you a brief overview of where Washington state is legality-wise and show you where you can bet right now.

Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Washington?

In early 2019 two bills were introduced; one to authorize sports betting to tribal casinos, and a second to authorize on-site betting at horse racing tracks.

It is important to note that neither of these bills would permit mobile sports betting within the state. 

As of now, the bills are still hung up in the process – therefore, the only way for residents of Washington to bet online is to use an offshore sportbook which I will cover below.

Best Sports Betting Sites for Washington Residents

Residents of Washington are accepted and can place bets at these offshore sportbooks trusted by Americans across the USA.

Sportsbook
Features
Bonus
Rating
Bet Now
1
  • Built for American bettors
  • Wide variety of competitive betting lines
  • Easy to navigate betting platform
50% up to $250
2
  • Accepts players worldwide
  • Competitive betting lines
  • Fast & easy deposits and withdrawals (including Bitcoin)
50% up to $1000

Offline Sports Betting in Washington

As mentioned above, the bills are still working their way through the legaslative process. There is no telling how long this will take or if it will ever come to fruition. As of now operating a sportsbook within the state is illegal.

The best way for Washington residents is to place sports bets is through an offshore betting site that is licensed and regulated outside of the United States, and serves the USA market. Both Bovada and BetOnline, which I outline above, fall into this category.

Major Sports Teams in Washington

Below is a list of the main professional sports teams located in Washington state. I also added a detailed look at sports betting in Seattle, which is home to the vast majority of pro sports teams in the states. Click the link below to check it out.

Seattle

  • Seattle Mariners (MLB)
  • Seattle NHL Team TBA (NHL)
  • Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
  • Seattle Seashawks (NFL)
  • Seattle Storm (WNBA)

Tacoma

  • Reign FC (NWSL)

Horse Racing in Washington

It is legal to bet on horses at the racetracks in Washington state. Emerald Downs is the main horse racing track in the state. Check out the big events held there below.

**You can also place bets on all races that take place at Emerald Downs through your Bovada.lv account.

Major Tracks

  • Emerald Downs, Auburn
    Events:
    – G3 Longacres Mile – 3-year-olds & up going 1 mi.
    – Washington Oaks – 3-year-old fillies going 1-1/8 mi.
    – Gottstein Futurity – 2-year-olds going 1-1/16 mi.
    – Emerald Downs Derby – 3-year-olds going 1-1/8 mi.