Can I Start an Online Sportsbook From Washington State?

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Ean Lamb
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Washington State has legalized sports betting, just not via one's mobile devices, unless they happen to be near one of the tribal casinos that has a sportsbook.


How to Start Your Online Mobile Sportsbook in Washington

For a fee as low as $5 per head (per customer/player) per week, you will get a customized website for your players, 24/7 customer service (online and by phone), full odds service, live in-play wagering, betting on most international sports, full reporting, an online casino, a horse book and much more.  PricePerPlayer is currently running a FREE TRIAL and price per player of just $5 per week.

There are no upfront costs such as the purchase of the software, etc...  Also no need to hire anyone other than the recommended accountant and perhaps an assistant.  Remember, you will be spending most of your time on the beach. 

Is Sports Betting Regulated in Washington?

Yes but only at tribal casinos.  They do not regulate mobile sites.

Benefits of Betting With a Local vs. Regulated Sportsbook in Washington

Local bookies provide anonymity, wagering on credit and typically accept customers 18 and up.  They also do not require extensive paperwork.  Pay per head businesses like also provide wagering on many events and options not available at regulated books.  They also feature an online casino and racebook.  Local bookies do not report your winnings to the IRS (you still need to file your taxes).


Never accept customers you have not fully screened beforehand.  You should either be familiar with your customers or they should contain references.  A pay per head has eliminated a number of elements of the bookmaking business once deemed to be illegal such as the operation of a wire room and the settlement of payments/collections via cash.  For example, bets are placed over a secure website with servers outside the United States.  Bets by phone are strongly discouraged

Pay per heads like PricePerPlayer also offer money transactions via Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that take place via the website.

Take That Extra Step:

  • Do not take bets over the phone.
  • Avoid taking on customers who reside outside your state.
  • Know your customers and check referrals.
  • Do not engage with individuals involved in any type of criminal activities.
  • Use cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin Tumblers provided by AcePerHead, for secure anonymous transactions.
  • Keep your customers information private.
  • Always file your taxes.

Today's pay per head businesses are regular sponsors on your favorite search engines so they enjoy maximum exposure, but not all pay per head businesses are the same.  PricePerPlayer is one of the most established in the industry.

Avoid those services that only offer the software for super cheap and nothing else.

Washington Team Report (Updated April 2, 2023)

Gonzaga Bulldogs - The Zags once again managed to go deep in this year's tournament (the Elite Eight) but got slaughtered by the team that would end up in the Championship game, UConn.

Washington Huskies - The Huskies sat among the top ten teams with odds to win the 2024 College Football Playoff Championship.

The Huskies went 11-2 overall last season and 7-2 in conference play and it does not appear early on that they will be taking a step back.

Seattle Mariners - The Mariners would pay out 18-1 odds with a World Series win in 2023.

Seattle Seahawks - While the Seahawks surprised many last season, they do have the 8th longest odds coming into 2023. 

The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a three-year extension to keep the Comeback Player of the Year Geno Smith in early March.  Drew Lock will be on a one-year deal worth $4 million as his backup.

- Don Shapiro,

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