What types of gambling are legal in Wyoming?
Wyoming is the least populated state. However, it still offers a reasonable amount of legal gambling. This includes sports betting, a state lottery, tribal casinos, parimutuel horse racing betting, charitable games of chance, daily fantasy sports, poker and tribal casinos.
Poker is unusual in Wyoming. Its social gaming exemption covers taverns. This allows poker in bars throughout the state if the house does not take a rake. Instead, the taverns make money selling drinks and food to players. Another unusual aspect of Wyoming gambling is that the state lottery does not offer instant games. It only offers lotto drawings.
This list shows the types of gambling found in Wyoming and where to find it:
- Sports betting (online through licensed apps/websites)
- Horse racing (off-track and mobile)
- Lottery (lotto sales at retailers)
- Slots, video poker and table games (at the state’s tribal casinos)
- Bingo and raffles (only at registered charities)
- Daily fantasy sports (online only)
- Live poker (tribal casinos and taverns)
Wyoming Online Gambling
Three forms of online gambling are legal in Wyoming:
- Sports betting (first licensed operators aim to launch by September 1st, 2021)
- Parimutuel horse racing betting (advance deposit wagering)
- Daily fantasy sports
Sports betting is legal but not yet live in Wyoming. Governor Mark Gordon signed legislation in April 2021 to authorize five mobile sportsbooks. After he signed the bill into law, the Wyoming Gaming Commission got to work drawing up additional regulations and issuing licenses to five operators that may offer online and mobile betting to customers 18 or older. The Commission hopes to authorize the first mobile sportsbooks by September 2021.
Parimutuel horse racing betting is permitted on the internet and mobile apps. Races from across the country are available for betting. All major mobile racing companies accept Wyoming players. This includes BetAmerica, TVG and Twin Spires. Bettors must be within the state where geolocation is available to place a bet.
Fantasy sports contests are also legal. All major daily fantasy sports companies accept players from the state. This includes DraftKings, FanDuel, Fantasy Draft and Yahoo.
Land-based Casinos in Wyoming
There are four land-based casinos in Wyoming. All are on the Wind River Indian Reservation in the west-central portion of the state. Slot machines, video poker, keno, bingo, live table games, electronic table games and live poker are all permitted through the state gaming compact. Table games available include blackjack, craps, roulette and Three Card Poker.
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Casino Laws in Wyoming
Casino-style gambling is generally illegal under Wyoming Statute § 6-7-101. It outlaws gambling on anything where the outcome is dependent on any level of chance. It also makes gambling devices, such as slot machines, illegal. The Wind River Indian Reservation has a compact with the state that permits it to offer casino games.
Sports Betting in Wyoming
Wyoming legalized online sports betting in early 2021. The law permits online and mobile betting only because Wyoming lacks the commercial gaming infrastructure to support retail sportsbooks.
Under state law, Wyoming will permit a total of five qualified operators to offer statewide mobile betting. Local officials hope to see the first mobile sportsbooks open by September 2021.
Sports Betting Laws in Wyoming
Sports betting is legal under HB 133, which lawmakers passed in April 2021. The law establishes a minimum age of 18 to bet on sports, places the Wyoming Gaming Commission in charge of overseeing sports betting, and permits a total of five operators to serve the state. Wyoming sports betting law allows licensed operators to offer wager on professional sports, amateur sports, collegiate sports, the Olympics, and esports.
Poker in Wyoming
Poker is legal in two commercial venues in Wyoming. One is the Wind River Indian Reservation. The other is in taverns throughout the state. Tribal casinos may take a rake. Taverns may not. Any poker game is legal.
Poker Laws in Wyoming
There are no Wyoming laws that specifically allow poker to be dealt in the state. However, there are two exceptions worked out through other agreements. The Wind Creek Indian Reservation may spread live poker. Rake may be taken from these games. This is permitted through a gaming pact with the state.
Taverns may deal social poker games through an exclusion in Wyoming Statute § 6-7-101 that allows “Any game, wager or transaction which is incidental to a bona fide social relationship, is participated in by natural persons only, and in which no person is participating, directly or indirectly, in professional gambling.” Raking a tavern poker game would make it illegal commercial gambling.
Home Poker Games
Home poker games are permitting in Wyoming in the same way taverns may spread it. The games are legal if it is a legitimate social setting with no house advantage, including a rake or mandatory tip.
Fantasy Sports in Wyoming
Fantasy sports contests are presumably legal in Wyoming. This includes daily and season-long. All major fantasy sports companies accept players in the state including DraftKings, and FanDuel.
Fantasy Sports Laws in Wyoming
There are no laws that pertain specifically to fantasy sports in Wyoming. The games appear to be legal. This position by fantasy sports companies has never been challenged in the state.
The Wyoming State Lottery offers a limited number of games. All are lotto-style drawings. Most involve multi-state games.
Interstate Wyoming Lotto Drawings
- Lucky for Life
- Mega Millions
Intrastate Wyoming Lotto Drawings
- Cowboy Draw
- Ragtime Raffle
Wyoming Lottery Laws
The Wyoming Lottery was authorized through House Bill 77 in 2013. The law forbids instant games and video lottery machines. Only lotto drawings are permitted. North Dakota is the only other state with this form of limited lottery. Players must be at least 18 years old. Ticket must be purchased at a retailer. Online lottery sales are prohibited in Wyoming.
Wyoming Horse Racing
Horseracing is legal in Wyoming. This includes live racing at Wyoming Downs and Sweetwater Downs, as well as off-track betting at taverns, online and on mobile apps. Off-track betting parlors are available at the state’s racetracks and select taverns. BetAmerica, TVG and Twin Spires offer Wyoming bettors horseracing action on mobile apps and websites.
Wyoming Horse Racing Laws
Wyoming horseracing is legal through Wyoming Statute Title 11 Chapter 25. This permits wagering on live and simulcast racing, including taverns, mobile and online. Bettors must be at least 18 years of age. However, an off-track betting parlor inside a tavern is restricted to players 21 years old.
Wyoming Skill-based Gaming Law
Wyoming defines gambling as placing money on an outcome that is in whole or in part decided by chance. This eliminates many forms of gambling that are legal in other states. Participants could bet money on games like chess, checkers and duplicate cards. Observers would not be able to bet on these events on the outside. Many luck-based gambling opportunities fall under the social gaming exception so friends would be able to bet on anything within reason.
Wyoming sports betting law permits wagers on esports events. Observers may bet on esports matches and tournaments through licensed online sportsbooks and mobile betting apps.
Social esports betting, where players put up money to compete against one another, is not specifically addressed under Wyoming law. The same rule applies to this as skill gaming described above. Participants are likely in the clear when making wagers on their own games. Betting on the outcomes of other people’s games falls under standard sports betting regulations.
Traditional Games of Skill
Traditional games of skill are permitted in Wyoming. Sites like Worldwinner accept players from the state. The games permitted are typically ones involving contests of skill revolving around games like duplicate hearts, duplicate spades, trivia and word games.
Skill-based Gaming Machines
Skill-based gaming machines are permitted in arcades. However, the games may not pay out in cash. Winners may claim prizes or earn credits for free games.
Wyoming Charity Gambling Law
Bingo, Calcutta pools, pull tabs and raffles are permitted if the profits are earmarked for charities. At least 65% of the prize pool must be awarded to players, according to Wyoming Statute § 6-7-101.
Of the remaining funds, no more than 40% may go to distributors of gaming equipment. At least 75% of the funds left must go to a state registered charity. Charity games are regulated by local jurisdictions, which may opt out of the program.
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