AIRWAY HEIGHTS, WA – After several years of negotiations, research and preparation, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino has opened their new Turf Club Sports Book to the public, allowing guests to place legal sports wagers in Washington state.
Northern Quest worked throughout the legislative process to advocate for Washington State tribes, ensuring that sports wagering is brought to the market in a legal and responsible way. “Tribes not only have the expertise and infrastructure to effectively operate and regulate sports betting, but they are also second-to-none when it comes to promoting responsible gaming and providing resources for problem gambling issues,” said Kevin Zenishek, Northern Quest Executive Director of Casino Operations. “We were proud to work closely with other tribes across the state as we all found a meaningful way to responsibly bring legal sports betting into Washington.”
As of Saturday, Dec. 4, guests can now visit the Turf Club Sports Book inside Northern Quest, located near the main casino floor. The 2,300 sq. ft. dedicated area features dozens of state-of-the-art digital screens that can be dynamically configured into one large TV for big games, or many smaller ones, so sports fans can monitor multiple games, matches and horse races at once. A dozen rocking stadium recliners are also available complete with phone charging capabilities. Guests have access to a full-service bar, nearly two dozen bar-top slot machines and digital screens that list the latest games and matches, along with updated odds for wagering.
Guests have two options for placing sports wagers. Retail counters are open Monday – Friday from 9am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 10pm. The second option for placing bets includes electronic kiosks accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Kiosks are located inside the Turf Club and inside EPIC sports bar. Northern Quest plans to bring mobile sports betting online in the Spring of 2022.
The new up-scale sportsbook features modern design elements meant to capture the attention of gamers throughout the casino. The grand entryway to the Turf Club features large pillars, ceiling treatments and an LED digital screen ribbon that wraps around the entire soffit of the club, providing lights and video as well as the latest scores and unique marketing content. Northern Quest partnered with IGT for all sports wagering platforms, and the Turf Club Sports Book provides approximately 20 additional jobs in the community.
“We want to thank our loyal players for their patience as we worked to build a Sports Book that will provide an incredible guest experience,” said Nick Pierre, Northern Quest General Manager. “While many guests are familiar with sports betting in other states, we know there are many more who have never placed a wager on a sporting event. We hope we’ve created a space that has been worth the wait. Our team members look forward to assisting guests with learning the new system, while providing outstanding Kalispel Hospitality along the way.”