Commercially speaking, Wyoming is one of several states that has not legalized sports betting at retail casinos or online. However, there has been a recent push by local tribes to offer sports betting at tribal casinos, as there is some legal gray area in regard to getting it started without state legislation.
Known as the Equality State, Wyoming is not without any gambling. There are land-based casinos, a state lottery and horse-based gambling. But, for the time being, online and retail sports betting do not appear to be coming soon.
Wyoming sports betting, at the commercial (not tribal) level, is not yet legal. Therefore, there are no laws to govern the activity. Though the provisions are a little murky, it looks as though tribal casinos could start legal sports betting at their own casinos without the state legalizing it as a whole.
In order for there to be sports betting in Wyoming, there must first be an appetite to pass a bill that would legalize the activity. So far, there has been none.
A bill, HB 225, did surface in 2020 but it ultimately failed 32-27 on the House floor. Some have speculated state lawmakers could take up the issue again in 2021.
Again, if betting did launch, it’s probably going to do so at tribal casinos first. The Northern Arapaho Tribe was the first to announce it would be adding sports betting to its three casinos throughout the state.
Back in 2020, the tribe said it provides gambling under the authorization of the US Department of the Interior. Because of this, it does not require state approval. The tribe has yet to launch retail sports betting, but it’s likely it could debut sometime in 2021.
Whether other Native American tribes decide to follow this lead remains unknown.
Most likely yes because of the lack of physical commercial casinos. Since Wyoming does not have any retail casino properties, the possibility of retail sportsbooks would shift over to tribal casinos.
In states like Michigan, tribes have partnered with sports betting operators to launch retail and mobile sportsbooks. Something similar could happen in Wyoming and therefore satisfy both kinds of customers — ones who want to bet from anywhere in the state on their phones and ones who like the experience of betting in person.
Additionally, there are two horse tracks in the state, Sweetwater Downs and Wyoming Downs. Some racetracks in the US, for instance in Illinois, have partnered with sports betting companies to transform their properties into state-of-the-art sportsbooks/racetracks.
Currently, the minimum gambling age in the state is 18 years old.
Most states across the US have set the minimum sports betting age at 21 years old. Ultimately, the decision will rest on state lawmakers and any bill that is passed.
Geolocation technology will likely serve as a digital border around the state to ensure all bets are placed within state lines.
If you have an existing sports betting account, say with an operator licensed in Colorado, that uses the same brand, you must set up a separate account. You can’t use your Colorado account to play in Wyoming or vice versa.
Odds typically stay the same for operators across the US. A bettor using William Hill in Colorado should find the same odds with William Hill in Wyoming.
However, tax rates could sway things a bit. For example, Pennsylvania has a 36% tax rate on sports betting revenue, which could affect the odds that are offered. So far it has not.
Tax rates will be determined by lawmakers, but around the US they tend to over at around 10%-15%, with PA sports betting being the lone exception.
Depending on the law, customers will most likely be allowed to place bets on any and all sports. The lone exception could be if state lawmakers don’t allow betting on in-state colleges like the University of Wyoming.
Other states like New Jersey and New York prohibit bets on local collegiate teams and collegiate sporting events, like March Madness, taking place in the state.
It’s almost impossible to predict which operators will enter Wyoming because several factors must be taken into account.
However, we can provide a list of sports betting operators that could view Wyoming as an opportunity. The names you could see if they can get access to the market could be:
All these companies are already highly active in the US sports betting market.
Assuming there comes a time when sports betting becomes a reality in Wyoming, the process will be simple.
The basic components are:
Upon visiting a casino, the first thing you should do is register as a customer. Should mobile sports betting and remote registration become a reality, you will be able to do this step from home.
Either way, you will need to provide information like your Social Security number or driver’s license. These are standard procedures all over the US for both in-person and remote registration.
After that, you will fund your account through a number of methods. Standard practice is linking a credit or debit card to your wagering account. Or using a teller window at a casino to make a cash deposit.
Finally, select which bet you would like to place from a number of available options, collect your physical or digital betting receipt and wait. Should you win, collect your winnings via direct deposit or return your betting receipt to the ticket window and receive cash.
Whenever mobile sports betting begins in the state, you will follow the same first step as above.
Should remote registration be available, you can sign up, deposit funds, place bets and withdraw winnings all from home.
If remote registration is not available, you’ll need to travel to physical casino locations that have sports betting to create your account.
Online sportsbooks offer several ways to deposit money into your betting account. As previously stated, the easiest way is to simply link a credit or debit card. Other options include the following:
Be sure to consult each sportsbook’s terms of service to find out which methods are available.
Withdrawing money is simple. Should you win a bet, your winnings will be displayed in your sports betting account.
Each sportsbook app is different, but usually, there is a “withdraw” section, or button located somewhere on the app. Simply follow the sets to transfer your money back into your personal banking account.
Unfortunately, no. All forms of online gambling like online casino games and online poker are illegal in the state.