The ownership and senior management of Maverick Gaming believes their company has an obligation and responsibility to actively participate in civic and political life. In 2019, Maverick Gaming established a political action committee (PAC) to advocate for and on behalf of its employees and company priorities. Maverick’s corporate culture is to participate in the political process, in a non-partisan way, for our employees and the communities where we do business.
Sports Betting Opportunity for all Washington Communities
Washington must take advantage of revenue streams to state coffers that strengthen the ability to meet the needs of all its residents. Sports betting is legal in 30 states and D.C. As of January 4, 2022, the amount of taxes collected by state and local jurisdictions, or the state share of proceeds in revenue-sharing markets nationwide since June 2018 is $868,899,279.
In 2022, we are supporting legislation that would include Washington State commercial cardrooms in the ability to offer this popular pastime in a limited way. Revenues would create jobs and taxes paid would benefit local and state government. We are proud that the Washington State Labor Council passed a resolution (21.06) to support a sports betting bill. They joined their colleagues in Local Teamsters 117, and the labor councils of Snohomish, King and Pierce County when they announced their support.
Legal, safe betting should be a consumer choice everywhere, not just for those willing and able to drive to a tribal destination casino. No part of legislation we support would preclude tribal sports betting offerings, which are robust and offered widely on tribal properties which offer gaming and entertainment for their guests.
What is sports betting?
Sports betting is the ability for a person to predict an outcome of a sporting event, put money on it, and then watch the game or match to enhance their overall experience. If you put $20 on a Seahawks or Storm game, you cheer that much louder. If your team wins, and YOU win also, it’s even better.
Should Washington allow sports betting?
The 2019-2020 State Legislature gave Washington Tribes the ability to offer sports betting, and sports books run on tribal properties generate much-needed revenue to support tribal communities. We support legislation that would include Washington State in the ability to offer this popular pastime in a very limited way in existing cardrooms and racetracks only, with revenues benefiting local and state government. In particular, we believe that sport betting can be offered responsibly, with strict limitations that safeguard against widespread unmonitored betting, while also creating economic opportunity that helps rebuild and move forward beyond the impacts of the pandemic.