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Washington State has nearly 30 land-based casinos and dozens of card rooms as well. The casinos are all tribal casinos. While its neighbor to the south, Oregon, has warmed up to online gambling, at the time there is little movement for the same to happen in Washington.

Online Casinos in Washington State

Compared to the other states in America, Washington State probably has some of the strictest rules around online gambling. Online casinos and online slots are strictly prohibited and anyone caught playing or operating would face serious charges.

If there is one state you don’t want to attempt gambling online in, it’s Washington State. 

There have been attempted bills in favor of online casinos but nothing ever seems to come out of them. Because of this, we don’t expect to see legal online casinos available in Washington State for quite a while. 

Washington State does allow sweepstakes, which offers free slots and the chance to win cash prizes.

Land-based Casinos in Washington

There are 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington State. Each of them has a gaming compact.

All Indian casinos in Washington offer:

  • blackjack
  • craps
  • roulette
  • slots
  • video poker
  • pull tabs

Optional games offered include:

  • baccarat and mini-baccarat
  • poker
  • pai gow poker
  • Caribbean stud poker
  • three-card poker
  • ultimate Texas hold em
  • four card poker
  • Spanish 21
  • big-6 wheel
  • keno
  • off-track betting 
  • bingo

Unlike the casinos in Washington state, in many states, the slot machine payback statistics for that particular state’s casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all U.S. casinos.

Most Washington casinos are open on a 24-hour basis. The hours of operation are noted in each casino’s listing for those not open 24 hours.

If you are looking for casinos in Vancouver, Washington you are out of luck. However, Ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield is just 20 miles away.

If you are looking for casinos in Washington state with hotels you are in luck because a majority of the casinos in the state have hotels.

Although most of the casinos in Washington have toll-free numbers be aware that some of these numbers will only work for calls made within Washington.

Types of Casinos in Washington State

Tribal Casinos

All Washington casinos are affiliated with Indian Tribes and all have compacts with the state allowing them to offer live table games, as well as electronic ‘scratch’ ticket games which use a finite number of tickets with a predetermined number of winners and losers.

These video gaming machines have a maximum bet of $20. The Tribes are not required to release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks.

However, according to the terms of the compact between the Tribes and the state, the minimum prize payout for electronic ‘scratch’ ticket games is 75%.

Card Rooms

Card Rooms have been legal in Washington since 1974. Initially limited to just five tables per location, the law was changed in 1996 to allow up to 15 tables.

One year later, a provision was added to allow house-banked games.

Permissible games include:

  • blackjack
  • Caribbean stud poker
  • pai gow poker
  • let it ride
  • casino war

Baccarat, craps, roulette, and keno are not allowed.

The maximum bet at each card room is dependent on certain licensing requirements and is capped at either $25 or $100. Additionally, the rooms can be open no more than 20 hours per day. These card rooms are now commonly called “mini-casinos.”

The minimum gambling age in a card room is 18.

Each city and county has the option to ban the card rooms so they are not found in every major city (Seattle has none). Due to space limitations, we don’t list all of the Washington card rooms in this book.

For a list of card rooms, we suggest that you contact the Washington State Gambling Commission at (360) 486-3581, or visit their website at www.wsgc.wa.gov

Be sure to check back often so you can stay up to date on what is the new casino in Washington state. 

List of land-Based Casinos in Washington State

http://colvillecasinos.com/12-tribes-resort-casino/

12 Tribes Resort Casino

Located just 60 minutes from Canada in Omak, Washington, 12 Tribes Resort Casino features gaming, restaurants, bars, spa, hotel, and RV park.

https://7cedars.com/casino/

7 Cedars Casino

Comfort-driven accommodations, expansive gaming, four dining venues, live entertainment, expanded RV amenities and an award-winning golf course makes the 7 Cedars Hotel the perfect place to relax after all your Olympic adventures.

https://www.angelofthewinds.com/

Angel of the Winds Casino Hotel

Amenities includes gaming facilities, 4 casual restaurants and lounges, and regular special events featuring live music.

https://bjs-bingo.com/

BJ’s Bingo

Roomy, family-run bingo hall featuring electronic games, pull tabs & slots, plus a cafe & 2 bars.

https://www.chewelahcasino.com/

Chewelah Casino

Chewelah Casino is proudly owned and operated by the Spokane Tribe, featuring exciting gaming machines, table games, food and fun

http://colvillecasinos.com/coulee-dam-casino/

Coulee Dam Casino

Located in Coulee Dam WA, our casino offers over 150 slot machines, a great deli and the Spillway Lounge.

https://www.500nations.com/casinos/waElwhaRiver.asp

Elwha River Casino

Straightforward, 7,000-square-foot gaming venue featuring electronic slot machines & a basic deli.

https://www.emeraldqueen.com/

Emerald Queen Casino at I-5

Hotel-casino with table games & video slots, multiple restaurants, a nightclub & live entertainment.

https://www.emeraldqueen.com/

Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino at Fife

Over 300,000 square feet of entertainment, gaming & dining.

https://ilaniresort.com/

Ilani Casino Resort

The casino opened on April 24, 2017, after a lengthy legal battle over the tribe’s right to establish a reservation to build the casino on.

https://www.kalispelcasino.com/

Kalispel Casino

Featuring the most popular slot machines, Wetlands restaurant, The Slough bar, a banquet room, and other great amenities

https://www.little-creek.com/

Little Creek Casino Resort

Sprawling casino resort with relaxed lodging, dining & entertainment, plus a spa & golf course.

https://www.myluckydogcasino.com/

Lucky Dog Casino

Gambling facility features more than 250 slot machines, a full bar, American fare & an event venue.

http://colvillecasinos.com/mill-bay-casino/

Mill Bay Casino

Small gaming complex with restaurants & a large outdoor amphitheater with covered seating.

Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel
https://www.luckyeagle.com/

Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel

The casino has slots and table games. Dining options include a steakhouse, a cafe and a deli. Other amenities include an entertainment venue with live comedy and music, an indoor pool and event space

https://www.muckleshootcasino.com/

Muckleshoot Casino

Sizable venue for table & video gaming, with dance club & several restaurants.

https://northwoodcasino.com/

Nooksack Northwood Casino

Casino offering 450-plus slot machines & an American restaurant, bar & buffet with varied cuisines.

https://www.northernquest.com/

Northern Quest Casino

Spokane’s largest casino, featuring 24/7 Vegas-style casino gaming with world-class hotel rooms & suites, a luxury spa and 14 restaurants.

https://www.thepointcasinoandhotel.com/

The Point Casino

There’s a restaurant, a gym and meeting space, plus a gallery of indigenous artwork and a courtyard. The casino includes slot machines and table games, as well as multiple eateries and bars, and a nightclub/music venue.

https://www.quilcedacreekcasino.com/

Quil Ceda Creek Nightclub & Casino

Small casino with slots & table games, also featuring an on-site steakhouse & burger bar.

https://quinaultbeachresort.com/

Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

One of Washington’s premier destination featuring ocean view dining, spa, gift shop, casino and more.

https://www.redwindcasino.com/

Red Wind Casino

Complex with multiple restaurants, bars, card & table games, keno & slots.

Shoalwater Bay Casino
https://swbcasino.com/

Shoalwater Bay Casino

288 of the newest and most popular video slot machines plus waterfront accommodations.

Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa
https://www.silverreefcasino.com/

Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa

Parking is free. There are 8 restaurants and bars, including a buffet, a steakhouse and a Latin American cantina. There’s also a spa and live entertainment. The casino has slots and table games.

https://www.theskagit.com/

Skagit Valley Casino Resort

The Skagit Casino Resort boasts hundreds of table top games and slot machines, on-site hotels, a variety of restaurants and all-star entertainment.

https://www.snocasino.com/

Snoqualmie Casino

Casino featuring slots & table games, multiple eateries/bars, & indoor/outdoor event spaces.

https://www.spokanetribecasino.com/

Spokane Tribe Casino

Washington’s newest and friendliest Vegas-style casino with gaming that includes table games such as blackjack, craps, poker and plenty of slot machines.

https://www.clearwatercasino.com/

Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

In addition to the casino, amenities include a spa, an indoor pool, a fitness center and a hot tub. Dining options include 3 restaurants, 2 cafes and a sports bar with live music. There’s also beach access.

Swinomish Casino & Lodge
https://www.swinomishcasinoandlodge.com/

Swinomish Casino & Lodge

A 24-hour casino offers slots, table games and an entertainment venue. Other amenities include an RV park, a fitness center and event space, as well as an upscale restaurant, a casual buffet and a sports bar.

https://www.tulalipbingo.com/

Tulalip Bingo

Tulalip Bingo is where you can play all of your favorite games, including over 90 slot machines.

https://www.tulalipresortcasino.com/

Tulalip Casino

Amenities include an outdoor pool, a gym and a lounge, as well as an art gallery, a casino and a club. Parking is available.

https://tworiversresort.com/

Two Rivers Casino & Resort

Two-Rivers Resort lies at the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia river and is the secluded getaway you may be waiting for. Fun, relaxing, and solitude are words you won’t forget when visiting.

https://legendscasino.com/

Yakama Legends Casino

Basic gaming floor with slots, poker & table games, also offering a buffet, deli & espresso bar.

Washington Land-Based Casinos Map

You can easily see all casino locations by using our Washington casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.

To move the map of casinos in Washington, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.

Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location.

If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.

History of Gambling in Washington State

Washington has a long history of resisting gambling. It has one of the strictest 19th century laws against gambling (particularly for a western state).

Timeline of gambling in Washington

  • 1889: State constitution prohibits all gambling.
  • 1933: Betting on horse racing legalized.
  • 1971: Legislature authorizes bingo and raffles (quickly repealed by Superior Court)
  • 1972: Counties allowed to approve casinos by a 60 percent vote of the Legislature or voters.
  • 1973: Pull tabs, bingo, raffles and “Las Vegas Night” fund-raisers legalized.
  • 1974: Card rooms legalized.
  • 1982: State lottery authorized.
  • 1988: Native American casinos authorized by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
  • 1997: Nontribal card rooms authorized.

Gambling and Corruption

Washington has also seen its share of governmental corruption related to gambling. In 1971, 51 police officers and public officials were indicted for taking gambling payoffs. Among those indicted was former the King County prosecutor, 

Less than a decade later, in 1980 then state house speaker John Bagnariol, senate majority leader Gordon Walgren, and lobbyist Pat Gallagher were all indicted for trying to take payoffs for supporting gambling legislation.

Gambling Laws and Regulatory Organizations in Washington State

Gambling Laws

The minimum gambling age is 21 at most casinos (at some it’s 18) and 18 for bingo or pari-mutuel betting.

Look in the “Special Features” listing for each casino to see which allow gambling at 18 years of age.

While Washington has rather harsh laws for punishing illegal gambling, it has legalized over two dozen Native American casinos. 

Regulatory Organizations

Additional Resources

Gambling in Washington State Today

Despite a number of land-based casinos spread across this huge state, online casinos are not legal. At the time of writing, there are no serious discussions of legalizing online casinos. 

Being an enormous sports state, it might not be a surprise that there have been moves toward legalizing sports betting. Still, legislation is not yet in place, so it is unlikely we’ll see actual sports betting available until we’re well into 2021.

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For more information on visiting Washington casinos, call the state’s tourism department at (800) 544-1800 or go to www.experiencewa.com.