Inside Washington state’s sports betting’s complicated compacting process Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle · July 14, 2020 at 2:45 am From Seattle to Spokane, legal sports betting is percolating in Washington State. But think more like the length of time it takes to age a good coffee bean than the amount of time it takes to brew a steaming cup of Joe. As the first state to legalize sweeping tribal-only sports betting, Washington regulators have a long path to follow before they can roll out regulations, license sportsbooks and ultimately give the go-ahead for the first bets to be placed. To start with, the Washington State Gambling Commission and interested tribes must go through 11 steps before regulations are officially approved. On a parallel track, regulators will be developing infrastructure and tribes will be building out sportsbooks, contracting with operators and completing all of the other odds and ends needed to offer up a chance to bet on the Seahawks or Mariners.