Due in late fall, the study will outline the current gambling market (with the exceptions of the lottery and horse racing) and forecast potential industry growth.

The Washington State Gambling Commission announced this week that it has hired Spectrum Gaming Group to prepare an economic market study on gambling in the state.

Said Commission Chair Chris Stearns, The results of this study will be a powerful economic tool for the state and tribes that will allow us to build on our success and help the state, businesses, tribes and citizens guide economic growth with investment and with our values.

It will measure the effects of commercial, nonprofit and tribal gambling by focusing on employment, fantasy sports, gambling facilities and trends, Internet gambling, new gambling games such as mobile games, population trends, revenues, the effect of technology and the effect of gambling on tourism.

The New Jersey-based consultancy has worked in the field since the early 1980s, according to a commission release, and has conducted studies that particularly concern Native American gambling in states, including Florida and Connecticut.

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