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Card-room operator files lawsuit, wants Washington tribal sports-gambling ‘monopoly’ on hold until it is expanded

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Snoqualmie Casino held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September for its new sportsbook. Content Exchange

A federal lawsuit with potentially far-ranging implications was filed Tuesday claiming Washington state officials unlawfully granted Native American casinos a ”discriminatory tribal gaming monopoly” over sports betting and other types of gambling such as roulette and craps.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by Maverick Gaming LLC, which owns and operates 19 of 44 licensed card rooms in the state, including one in Yakima. Maverick and owner Eric Persson have unsuccessfully lobbied state lawmakers in recent years to expand sports gambling beyond tribal casinos.

Tuesday’s lawsuit asks to invalidate the agreements that led to sports books being offered by tribes and to effectively put sports gambling on hold.

Maverick alleges in the lawsuit that officials are “irrationally and impermissibly discriminating on the basis of race and ancestry.”

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