Wyoming online sports betting laws
Wyoming, the US state with the smallest population, sprang the biggest surprise in April 2021 when it legalized sports betting. That followed a sudden reversal of opinion in the Senate the previous month. The first bets in the Equality State could be taken late in 2021.
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Is sports betting legal in Wyoming?
Yes, Wyoming sports betting was legalized in April 2021 and should get under way before the end of the year.
Is online sports betting legal in Wyoming?
Yes, Wyoming online sports betting has been legalized and is on course to begin in the second half of 2021.
How old do I have to be to place a bet in Wyoming?
The minimum age for betting in casinos in Wyoming is 18. This will apply to sports betting too.
Wyoming is one of a handful of states to authorize an online-only sports betting framework. Once sports betting operators go live in the state, Wyoming sports betting customers should follow this procedure:
Select a sportsbook you want to bet with from the choice of operators licensed in Wyoming.
Register for an account – expect to provide proof of ID and age.
Place some funds in your account – a range of banking options should be available.
Take advantage of any sign-up welcome bonuses for new customers.
You’re ready to start betting.
Wyoming was not among the favorites to legalize sports betting in 2021. A bill that would have legalized mobile betting in the state failed to gather much momentum in 2020. But it was a very different story in the early weeks of 2021.
When the bill HB133 came to the House on March 9, it was heavily defeated. Just a day later, however, after reconsidering in the wake of assurances being given to the Native American tribes who run the state’s four casinos, it passed with a thumping majority.
The bill then whizzed through the Senate and was signed into law by the state governor, Mark Gordon, at the start of April.
Rep. Tom Walters, the bill’s sponsor, said: “I think it’s very good for the people of Wyoming because it allows for this regulated market.”
The legislation passed to legalize Wyoming sports betting covers only online sportsbooks. At least five mobile betting licenses will be granted. One stipulation is that any sportsbook that applies for a Wyoming betting license must have a presence in, and be in good regulatory standing with, at least three other states as well.
That ensures that only established online sportsbooks – such as FanDuel, DraftKings, William Hill, and BetMGM – will qualify to run their operations in the state.
The only exception to the online-only condition is that under the terms of their agreement with the authorities, the Native American tribes who run the tribal casinos in Wyoming should also be allowed to offer sports betting.
As 2021 passes, it will become clear which well-known sportsbooks will be able to offer betting facilities to the people of Wyoming.
Each operator will have to pay an application fee of $2,500, along with an initial $100,000 five-year licensing fee, with a renewal fee set at $50,000. The state will collect a 10% tax on gross gaming revenue, with a portion of these revenues to be distributed to counties to fund programs to address problematic gambling behavior.
The Wyoming Gaming Commission has estimated that up to $449 million in bets will be placed each year in the state.
Yes, they are. The IRS has made it very clear that it considers all income from gambling to be taxable. It will be advisable to keep a thorough record of all your wins and losses for inclusion in your annual tax return.
The finer details of Wyoming sports betting will be worked out before the first legal bets are struck in the state, which is expected by the second half of 2021.
Per the draft rules under consideration by the Wyoming Gaming Commission (“Commission”), the minimum age for sports betting in the state will be 18.
Given the state’s online-only structure, in-person registration will not be required, and customers will be able to sign up from anywhere in the state. There will, however, be a requirement for players to be within the state lines when placing a sports wager. Interestingly, the authorized geographic boundaries will exclude Indian Lands located in Wyoming.
It is expected that Wyoming will not approve any wagers on political elections – following the trend in the US where no state allows wagering on politics.
Wagering events must be approved in advance by the Commission, and wagers may not be approved for any sporting event or other event where the majority of contestants or athletes in the sporting event are under the age of 18.
The bill legalizing Wyoming online betting also contained language confirming the legality of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in the state.
That made Wyoming the 24th state to pass a law specifically legalizing and regulating DFS – an activity that had previously existed in a legal gray area, and still does in many locations.
There are no pro sports teams in Wyoming, but residents of the state have the Wyoming Cowboys, of the University of Wyoming, to cheer in Division I of the NCAA.
Along with the universal popularity of top-level football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, there is plenty for DFS customers in Wyoming to get excited about.
With no NFL team in the state, the most popular team here is the Wyoming Cowboys, who represent the University of Wyoming in Division I of the NCAA. Fans of gridiron follow the game avidly from coast to coast and there is sure to be lively amounts of betting on the sport in the state.
Wherever gambling takes place, it’s essential that there is a focus on ensuring it does so responsibly – both on the part of players and of the operators.
Wyoming may have come suddenly to the sports betting party, but it has well established resources that ensure gamblers have full knowledge of the risks involved in problem gambling:
The Wyoming Responsible Gambling Coalition (WRGC) brought together the Wyoming Lottery, the Wyoming Department of Health, and a team of key stakeholders to help people keep their gambling from crossing the line from entertainment to addiction.
Wyoming Council on Problem Gambling (WCPG) is a resource for problem gamblers, family members, communities, employers, and businesses.
Wyolotto, the state lottery, offers advice and access to a helpline to anybody who encounters problems.
The National Council on Problem Gambling is a US-wide body that works in each state to pull together local resources – it also offers a confidential 24-hour helpline.
The US Supreme Court declares the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, clearing the way for states to legalize sports betting.
A bill to legalize mobile betting made little progress in the House.
2021 - March
The House and Senate pass a bill legalizing Wyoming online betting.
2021 - April
The bill is signed into law by state governor Mark Gordon.
The legislation that brought Wyoming sports betting to life authorizes only online betting. However, under their gaming compacts with the state, the four tribal casinos in the state may also offer retail sports betting.
A full list of those casino locations can be found below.
|789 Casino||180 Red, Wolf Creek Dr, Riverton, WY 82501|
|Little Wind Casino||800 Blue Sky Hwy, Ethete, WY 82520|
|Shoshone Rose Casino||5690 US-287, Lander, WY 82520|
|Wind River Hotel and Casino||180 Red, Wolf Creek Dr, Riverton, WY 82501|
Yes. Wyoming sports betting was legalized in April 2021 and is due to go live later in the same year. At least five online betting licenses will be granted in the state and they must go to operators who are already active in at least three other states.
Yes, it is. Wyoming online sports betting is due to commence in the second half of 2021 following the decision to legalize the activity earlier in the year. There will be several Wyoming betting sites and apps to choose from for sports fans in the state.
DraftKings, as one of the leading providers of Daily Fantasy Sports, is already active in Wyoming. However, the legalization of Wyoming online betting means that DraftKings can apply for one of the sportsbook licenses. Given its status as one of the leading US providers, it will be a surprise if it does not.
Competition for business is intense among sportsbooks, which ensures a high standard of customer experience. Wyoming sports betting fans will be given a choice of respected sportsbook operators in the second half of 2021 and we’ll soon be able to help work out which is the best for you.