Sports betting battle pitting casino owner against tribes could go all the way to Supreme Court

TUKWILA, Wash. – A Washington card room owner argued that tribal casinos have unfairly monopolized sports betting and is suing state and federal officials for the right to get in on the game. But local tribes — including his own — say his suit threatens their economies and sovereignty.

“There’s zero circumstances in which I’d settle,” Maverick Gaming CEO Eric Persson told Fox News. If his suit makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court like he expects, a ruling in his favor could affect sports betting in states far beyond Washington, according to a PlayUSA analysis.

“I have the resources to go all the way, and so do they. So there’s going to be a battle,” Persson continued. “We’re going have a lot of fun, and I’m going to win. That’s what makes it fun.”

Maverick Gaming owner Eric Persson is suing the state and federal government over what he says is an unfair tribal monopoly on sports betting. (Hannah Ray Lambert/Fox News Digital)

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Maverick Gaming owns about 20 neighborhood card rooms throughout the state, properties Persson compares to “Cheers” bars. They generally have a bar, restaurant and

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