Sports betting is up and running in Wyoming. The Cowboy State is one of only three states with only online sports betting available. DraftKings Sportsbook and BetMGM were the first to launch in the state.
From the point of view of the state itself, Wyoming is set to remain an online-only sports betting state for the foreseeable future. However, the tribal entities that own and operate four casino venues in the western portion of the state have already announced their intention to bring land-based sports betting to their tribal lands. So, although there are no firm plans about when those retail books will open their doors, Wyoming will be a full-service sports betting state at some point.
If you’re new to Wyoming, planning to travel there, or are just curious about all the options available to you for betting on sports, you’ve come to the right place. We have the latest news about what’s happening. Best of all, we have information on bonus offers, promotions, and odds boosts at Wyoming sportsbook apps that you won’t find anywhere else. So, settle in and read on for everything sports betting in the Cowboy State.
Live Updates on Wyoming sports betting
Updated: Sept. 1, 2021
Sports betting is underway! The Wyoming Gaming Commission approved both DraftKings and BetMGM for launch during a special meeting the morning of Sept. 1, and DraftKings accepted the first legal sports wager in Wyoming history a few hours later. BetMGM joined the party a couple hours later.
The launch is well-timed because it gives the apps a week to work out the bugs before the beginning of the 2021 NFL season. Since football season is the busiest time of year for sports betting, it would not do for the industry to stumble coming out of the gate. So, a new month brings a new chapter to the Equality State.
Is online sports betting legal in Wyoming?
Yes. Online sports betting is completely legal in Wyoming. The first bet occurred in September 2021, five months after Gov. Mark Gordon affixed his signature on HB133 and made sports betting part of Wyoming law. There are now several legitimate and regulated apps ready to launch and accept wagers from inside state lines with DraftKings and BetMGM the first to launch.
Top online sportsbooks available in Wyoming
Wyoming anticipates at least five sports betting apps to start. While DraftKings was the first to accept a wager in the state, it won’t be the only site for long. BetMGM will launch soon as well. Under the rules of the Wyoming law, the apps approved in the state must be active in three other legal states, which means that some of the best and most prestigious apps will be available in the state. Here’s a closer look at a few of the apps coming to Wyoming:
DraftKings is one of the top sportsbooks in the country, and Wyoming is a perfect place for the company to call home. DK is, of course, one of the top daily fantasy sports companies in the world, but its work in the past few years has elevated it to the same tier for sports betting. So, Wyomingites have a one-stop shop for at least two of their online gambling options.
Part of what makes DraftKings Sportsbook WY such a premier offering is its app design. When you first log into your account, you are greeted by the betting carousel. This feature is a rotating list of betting options specifically chosen for you by DraftKings. The system makes these recommendations based on your stated preferences and your past wagers. Thus, everyone’s experience on DraftKings is unique and customized to their needs. DraftKings also features plenty of flexibility with its betting, including a vibrant live betting section and the ubiquitous Cash Out option.
BetMGM came to Wyoming in September 2021 and only missed being the first sportsbook in the state by a couple hours. Unsurprisingly, BetMGM is the sportsbook for MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s largest gambling companies. As such, one of the first things to recognize about playing on BetMGM is that you can earn points for your MLife account through your play. These points are good for perks, benefits, and comps at MGM locations around the world, and it’s completely free to join.
BetMGM also features the Edit My Bet function. This utility takes the Cash Out option — which allows you to cash out your wager before the end of the game if the bet meets certain criteria — and expands it dramatically. Through BetMGM, it is possible to add additional elements, swap out teams, or even change bets entirely on the fly. To have this level of flexibility is extremely unusual for sports bettors, and it alone is a reason to take a look at BetMGM.
FanDuel Sportsbook is one of the world’s best sportsbooks. Given FD’s dominance in other states, its anticipated arrival in Wyoming will be more of the same. FanDuel bigwigs know that their app’s ease-of-use and promotional offerings will make up any gaps in market share.
As we mentioned, FanDuel is extremely easy to use. Its navigation is quite smooth, and nothing is hard to find. It’s enough to make you wonder what other apps were thinking with their own designs. FanDuel is also quite generous with its running promotional opportunities. There are hundreds of dollars available to players at any given time, and its introductory bonus offers are extremely lucrative. Calling FanDuel your home for sports betting in Wyoming would be neither a surprise nor a mistake.
Where to bet on sports in Wyoming
For the most part, you will be restricted to betting on sports through your mobile device or computer. From the state government’s point of view, most of sports betting in Wyoming will occur online. However, the owners of some of the tribal casinos that occupy the massive Wind River Reservation in the western portion of the state have indicated that they would like to open a retail sportsbook at some point soon. We don’t have any information about the timeframe regarding these debuts, nor are we certain which of the four properties would host sports betting facilities. For now, these are the possible locations of physical sportsbooks in Wyoming:
- 789 Smokeshop & Casino: 10369 Highway 789, Riverton, WY 82501; 307-857-9451
- Little Wind Casino: 800 Blue Sky Highway, Ethete, WY 82520; 307-438-7000
- Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel: 5690 US Highway 287, Lander, WY 82520; 307-206-7000
- Wind River Hotel & Casino: 180 Red Wolf Place, Riverton, WY 82501; 307-855-2600;
The most likely of the four to offer sports betting is the Wind River Hotel & Casino in Riverton. It is the only true casino in the state, at least in terms of its offerings, and it is owned by the Northern Arapaho Tribe, which made the comments about launching sports betting back in October 2020. There haven’t been any similar comments from the other tribe, the Eastern Shoshone, just yet, but it’s unlikely that the Northern Arapaho would gain the ability to offer sports betting and the Shoshone would not.
Of course, these four Wyoming casinos are not terribly convenient to many residents of the state. All four are two hours’ drive from either of Wyoming’s interstates (I-25 and I-80) and three of them offer very little beyond a few hundred slot machines. So, if you are motivated to bet on sports in person in Wyoming, you might have an option or two, but you’re going to have to be willing to travel.
How Wyoming online sports betting sites work
Although sports betting hasn’t launched in Wyoming yet, sportsbook apps are fairly uniform in format and function elsewhere, and we feel confident that they will be in Wyoming, too. Nearby Colorado sports betting sites follow similar rules and functions as in other regulated states.
In general, you have to go through the following steps to begin betting (if you are 18 or older):
- Sign up for an account
- Deposit money into your account
- Place a bet
- Collect your winnings (hopefully)
Let’s walk through each of these options in more detail.
How to sign up for a Wyoming sportsbook account
If you’ve ever created an online account elsewhere, then the process of signing up and registering on a Wyoming sportsbook will be quite familiar. It is a simple process of furnishing various bits of personal information and establishing your presence or avatar with the site. Here’s what to do:
- Choose one of the links above to access the app download page of your choice. Note any bonus codes that appear. Download the app for Apple (iOS) or Android.
- After the download and installation processes are complete, open the app and look for a large button in the upper right corner of the display. It will say something like “Register” or “Sign up” on it and will be impossible to miss.
- A push of the button will take you to the registration screen(s) for the app. Here is where you will fill out the blanks and create your account. You will be asked to give your name, email address, home address, phone number, date of birth, Social Security number and a choice of username and password. Lastly, if you wrote down a bonus code, make sure to enter it into the appropriate box.
- After you enter all your information and hit “submit,” your account should be ready to go. It’s possible that you’ll have to confirm your account through your email, but usually you’ll be ready to play immediately.
How do I deposit and withdraw money at an online sportsbook?
Sportsbooks offer as many different ways to fund accounts as they can. Common types of deposit methods that you will see include the following:
- Credit/debit cards
- E-wallets, such as PayPal and Skrill
- Prepaid cards
- Online banking
- Wire transfer
Every site is a bit different in terms of its options, of course. Make sure to pick a site that has at least one option, if not more, that works for you.
Withdrawals generally operate in much the same way. You’ll go to the cashier and submit a request for the amount you designate for withdrawal. There will probably be fewer ways to withdraw, and the process is likely to take longer.
How do I place a bet?
Once your account is funded, it’s time to bet. A typical online sportsbook lobby will feature the following sections:
- Left column: This area is usually quite narrow and features a list of the most popular sports on which to bet. At the bottom of the list, there is usually an option for “all sports A-Z” or something similar so that you can access activities that are not mentioned. If you wish to bet on a particular sport or game, click the link for the sport. You’ll see a list of the options for that sport appear in the center portion of the display.
- Center column: The center of the display is usually the widest of the three sections. Here, the homepage for the app will display games that are already underway (and available for live betting) or upcoming events that it wants to feature. If you want to bet on the big event of the day (the Super Bowl, the World Series, a big UFC fight, etc.), then you’ll almost certainly find it as the first or second listing.
- Right column: The right side of the app is almost always reserved for the bet slip. As you make your selections, the slip will auto-populate with all the relevant details of your choices. After you’ve made all the selections you want, you will then need to indicate your bet amounts.
It’s also important to remember that online sports betting these days is not a passive activity once the game begins. You will undoubtedly see options for live bets as the game progresses, and if you meet the conditions for the cash out option, you might gain the option to settle your wager before the game ends.
Wyoming online sports betting FAQ
Do I have to be in Wyoming to bet online?
Yes, you must be physically in Wyoming in order to place an online sports bet. Both state and federal law make this requirement a universal feature in every state with legal sports betting, and Wyoming is no different.
To enforce this rule, the state will require geolocation verification software. Every sportsbook that receives a license in Wyoming must demonstrate that it has incorporated a program into its infrastructure that will accurately monitor the location of each player. Whenever you log in to the app, you will need to allow it to verify your location. If you use a mobile device, then the software will work with your phone’s onboard GPS. If you prefer a laptop or desktop computer, you will need to download the software from the sportsbook’s site.
This software is actually quite effective. It can pinpoint locations within a few feet and acts as a virtual geofence around the desired area. Sportsbook apps typically err on the side of caution and set the limits of the “fence” a few feet inside the state. In other words, there is no chance that you will fool the system from outside the state, and there’s a decent chance that you will be denied service if you’re just inside the border.
Can you play daily fantasy sports in Wyoming?
Yes. DraftKings, FanDuel and other DFS providers are legal and available for play in Wyoming. The second portion of HB133, the law that authorizes online sports betting, contains a provision to classify DFS as not a gambling activity. Therefore, DFS is now a completely legitimate activity in the state.
Who oversees online sportsbooks in WY?
The Wyoming Gaming Commission. Aside from the tribal casinos in the state and the Wyoming Lottery, the WGC has jurisdiction over all types of gambling that occur in Wyoming. Until recently, most of those activities involved horse racing, which has a long and deep history in the state. Pari-mutuel betting, off-track betting, historic horse race machines and online horse betting are all valid types of wagering in the state. Hence, until 2020, the WGC was known as the Wyoming Pari-mutuel Commission.
How old do I have to be to bet on sports in Wyoming?
Eighteen. Wyoming is one of the few states with a minimum gambling age at 18, rather than 21. However, this quirk is consistent with the other forms of gambling in the state. It’s not surprising that horse tracks, OTBs, and online horse betting sites require a player only to be 18 — that’s fairly common. The situation for bingo halls and other charitable gaming locations is similar in other states, too. However, the tribal casinos in the state are also set at 18. So, even though sports betting is reserved for those 21 and older most of the time, Wyoming lawmakers chose to keep the gambling age consistent for all activities.
What sports can I bet on in Wyoming?
In terms of your available options for sports, there really isn’t much that you cannot wager on in Wyoming. HB133, the law that enables sports betting in the state, contains only the single prohibition against wagering on high school sports or sports where the majority of athletes are under 18. This prohibition is neither a surprise nor unusual — it is a universal feature of every single sports betting state’s law. Other than that, most sports should be available, including the following:
- Auto racing
- Mixed martial arts (MMA)
Keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive nor is it set in stone. The newly released Wyoming rules (once approved) will lay out any specific sports or events that you cannot bet on. However, the statute clearly defers to the judgment of the commission for what determines a wager’s acceptability. Some regulatory agencies in other states have disallowed prop bets on college sports, or banned bets on all in-state college teams altogether. In other words, we’re going to have to see which way the wind blows on betting markets in Wyoming.
Once you decide on a sport, you can make any number of wagers. The days of the point spread and moneyline being the only available bets are long gone. Here are the bets you’ll be able to place:
- Point spreads
- Totals (over/under)
- Round robins
Live betting on Wyoming sports
One last type of betting might be a new one if you haven’t kept up with sports betting in the last few years. Live betting is an increasingly popular way to wager, and with good reason. Live betting, or in-game wagering, is any bet that takes place after a game is already underway.
You tend to see live bets in one of three flavors. They usually involve the continuation of pregame wagers, the achievement of milestones or the outcome of partial game results. Because of their speed and nature, live betting is only rarely available in retail sportsbooks. However, with current technology, sportsbooks can post bets that are exceptionally granular — down to the outcome of a single play during the game. As a result, a single game can now involve more than a hundred separate wagers.