Gambling Commission investigating $10K Super Bowl bet | News
A 40-year-old Clarkston man is under investigation for illegal gambling after the Washington State Gambling Commission received an anonymous tip about a $10,000 Super Bowl sports board.
The agency's Susan Newer says they received the tip on January 27th through the agency's website that there was a sports board, and that the board had 100 squares which cost $100 each to purchase. Only boards of up to $1 are allowed in the state. Unlicensed gambling such as this is a Class B felony, according to the WSGC.
"Agents from the gaming commission, Clarkston Police Department, and Asotin County Sheriff's Office gathered information," she says. On Friday, the board, the cash, and gambling records were seized at a home in the Clarkston Heights.
In regard to the investigation, Newer says "one part is pretty much done, and a case report will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office, and it's up to the prosecutor whether charges will be filed," she says.
The agency is taking the case very seriously and the investigation is continuing. Asotin County Deputy Prosecutor Curt Liedkie says he has not received a report at this time. When he receives the report, he will make a decision on whether or not to file charges.
The individual being investigated is an employee at Clearwater Paper Corporation, and additional boards in various amounts from $1 to $10,000 are reported to have been circulated for the Super Bowl. All sports boards are illegal in Idaho, while in Washington, boards of only up to $1 dollar are allowed, and only one sports board is allowed per sporting event, per business or party.
The sports pool boards are the only type of sports betting allowed in the state. "Bracket pools, office sports pools, and fantasy sports have never been authorized as gambling activities in Washington State and are illegal," according to the WSGC website.
Clearwater Paper has launched an investigation into the sports boards, according to the company's Matt Van Vleet. "Clearwater Paper recently learned of reports that one of its employees may have participated in illegal gaming activities. The company has policies that prohibit illegal activities in the workplace and expects all employees to comply. We approach all allegations involving potentially illegal activity with great diligence and concern, and we are committed to conducting a prompt investigation."