Wyoming Sports Betting

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Status: So far, no legislation has been proposed to bring sports betting into Wyoming. However, several representatives have hinted that the state is ready to move with the times and explore the possibility of legalizing the activity.

ETA: With no official plans in place to bring sports betting to Wyoming, it could be a long time before sports fans get to wager in the state. Even those in favor of legalization have yet to put a timescale on when it might happen.

 

Wyoming Sports Betting Timeline

When the United States Supreme Court opened the door to legalized sports gambling on May 14, 2018, many states acted quickly to draft bills to bring the activity to law. But so far, the state of Wyoming has bided its time.

The state is not averse to gambling, with lotteries, pull-tabs, bingo, horse racing and simulcasting all available in the state, and some casino gambling is also permitted on Native Indian reservations. Many lawmakers are keen to cash in on the potential tax revenue.

There have been discussions about creating a gaming commission to explore the feasibility of bringing sports betting to the Cowboy State, but progress has been slow. However, there is a consensus amongst many representatives that sports betting will come to the state - eventually.

 

Wyoming Betting History

Wyoming took a strong stance against gambling in its early law-making days in an effort to reduce the excessive practices of the early settlers. Most forms of gambling were outlawed in 1890, and the McGill Act of 1901 outlawed all forms; that remained the case for nearly 70 years.

The first concession came in 1967 when a commission was formed to regulate and control pari-mutuel betting on horse races. By 2010, the popularity of horse race betting had dwindled and no races were held, but by 2014, horse racing was back up and running. In 2019, there were 16 days of live racing planned, and many more feature simulcast off-track betting.

Following the passing of the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988, the state entered into a period of legal battles with the Native Indians who wanted to exercise their right to open casinos on their land. Finally, in 2005, the Federal court granted the Arapaho tribe permission to operate gaming venues on their land. Compacts were negotiated, and the first casinos were opened in 2006.

After a 20-year campaign by supporters, Wyoming finally launched a legal state lottery in 2014. Multi-state games such as Powerball and Mega Millions were included, although no scratch cards or instant gratification games were permitted.

Like most US states, Wyoming also permits charitable gambling on games such as bingo, pull-tabs and raffles.

 

Is sports betting legal in Wyoming?

No, sports betting is illegal throughout the state of Wyoming.

 

Who controls sports betting in Wyoming?

No organization controls sports betting in the state. However, a commission may be formed to explore the possibility of legalizing sports wagering.

 

What is the legal age to bet on sports in Wyoming?

It is illegal for anyone of any age to bet on sports in Wyoming.

 

Where can I bet on sports in Wyoming?

There is nowhere to bet legally on sports in Wisconsin.

 

Who are the current operators/licensees in Wyoming?

Currently, there are no sports betting license holders in the state.

 

Which operators currently offer legal sports betting in Wyoming?

There are no operators currently offering legal sports wagering options in Wyoming.

 

Is mobile and app sports betting available in Wyoming?

Mobile sports betting is not legal in Wyoming.

 

How much is sports betting worth in Wyoming?

Reports suggest Wyoming could make $15 million a year in revenue from sports betting.

 

What is the tax rate for Wyoming sports betting?

With no sports betting bills drafted, a tax rate has yet to be proposed.

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