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Wyoming

Wyoming has one of the smallest population densities in the U.S., but its online sports betting market features four of the biggest mobile operators in the country and could host plenty more.

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All legal ways to bet on in Wyoming

Is online sports betting legal in Wyoming?Yes
Is in-person sports betting legal?No
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?Yes
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?Yes

Finding a team to root for in Wyoming can be difficult due to the absence of professional sports teams. This leaves local college teams like the Wyoming Cowboys as the primary source of high-level basketball and football in the Equality State. With the current layout of sports betting in Wyoming, bettors can also bet on their favorite in-state colleges without restriction.

Wyoming offers other markets that some states do not, including the ability to wager on the NFL Draft or eSports contests. The two biggest markets unavailable to bet on are politics and entertainment-based events like award shows. Residents or tourists of Wyoming looking for a sports betting alternative can download and use daily fantasy sports apps, which are not regulated by the state but are still allowed.

Online sports betting in The Equality State

Some states need to have an existing gambling infrastructure in place to pass a sports betting bill. However, Wyoming lawmakers did not feel that was necessary, as they came out in 2020 with a bill proposal that would legalize online sports betting strictly. Two bills in favor of legal mobile sports wagering came to light in 2020, but neither survived past the committee stage.

After that attempt failed, Wyoming lawmakers did not take long to try again. By early 2021, Governor Mark Gordon was able to sign HB133 into law, which made online sports betting legal.

With online sports betting given the green light, the Wyoming Gaming Commission hammered out all the rules and regulations for sports wagering in the state and began making applications for licensing open to operators. One of the specific aspects of HB133 was that the state needed to hand out at least five betting licenses.

There is no limit to the number of licenses the Wyoming Gaming Commission can hand out, which leads to the potential of an extensive online betting market. Right now, though, there are five operators that have access to the WY market: BetMGM, Caesars, Fanatics, DraftKings, and FanDuel.

Due to the fact that there are no retail betting facilities in The Equality State, these operators did not need to partner with a betting location to obtain access to the market. The Barstool Sportsbook was in the midst of trying to enter the market, but with PENN selling Barstool and creating ESPN Bet, it is now expected that ESPN Bet will be joining the state’s market soon along with the Fanatics Sportsbook.

All legal WY sports betting apps in 2024 (from newest to oldest):

Sportsbook app

Launch date

Fanatics

May 30, 2024

Caesars Sportsbook

August 2, 2022

FanDuel

March 10, 2022

BetMGM

September 1, 2021

DraftKings

September 1, 2021

Sports betting & gambling legislation in WY

Wyoming is on the lower side regarding a legal sports betting age, as bettors must be at least 18 years old to place a legal wager. All bettors 18 or older have the ability to utilize remote registration to create accounts on all four of the mobile betting apps available in WY. All rules and regulations regarding sports betting in the Equality State are enforced by the Wyoming Gaming Commission.

Now, for as frustrating as a limited market can be for bettors, there is one aspect of the Wyoming sports betting landscape that bettors should be thanking their lucky stars over, and that is the tax rate. The reason they should be thankful for the tax rate on gambling winnings is because there is no tax rate on winnings, so bettors are only subject to the 24% federal tax rate.

Over time, the state has made some amendments to the sports betting bill, but discussions around sports betting have not been extremely prevalent during legislative sessions. This means it could take a while longer for the state to discuss topics like the legality of iGaming or online poker.

Are online casinos legal in Wyoming?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Wyoming?September 1, 2021
How many legal sports betting apps are there in WY?5
How many legal retail betting sites are there in WY?0
Is remote registration allowed?Yes
Legal age for sports betting in Wyoming?18+
Wyoming's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings0% (24% federal tax rate)
Who regulates sports betting in Wyoming?Wyoming Gaming Commission

Most recent updates from the WY sports betting scene

  • June 5, 2024: Following their 5th place finish in the Mountain West last season, the Wyoming Cowboys are currently (+1100) to win the Conference Championship Game. The Cowboys win total is also set at 6.5 on FanDuel.

  • May 30, 2024: Fanatics Sportsbook has opened operations in Wyoming, becoming the 5th mobile sportsbook available in the state.

  • April 27, 2024: Following the completion of the spring game, the Wyoming Cowboys football team has concluded spring practice. This was the Cowboys' first spring practice under first-year head coach Jay Sawvel.

  • February 29, 2024: Three years after legalized sports betting, Wyoming’s Gaming Commission intends to place permanent rules for the industry that all operators must abide by.

  • April 20, 2023: Wyoming bounced back in handle, revenue, and tax income in March, setting highs in all areas for 2023.

  • March 18, 2023: The state of Wyoming sees a decrease in handle, revenue, and tax income over the month of February. All totals were the lowest since August of 2022.

  • February 21, 2023: Wyoming becomes the first state to offer Dana White's Power Slap Fighting League to be wagered on.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

Commercial casinos do not exist in Wyoming, which means the lone option for residents or tourists when it comes to gambling locations is tribal casinos. These tribal casinos cannot offer legal sports betting due to a difference between gambling activity allowed on tribal lands and what is laid out in the state sports betting legislation.

While legal sports wagers cannot be placed at them, Wyoming does have three racetracks for horse racing throughout the state and a dozen off-track betting facilities.

Sports betting in neighboring states

Wyoming is amid a group of states that have limited betting markets. Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska all offer retail-only wagering and no online betting, while Colorado is the only neighboring state of WY that provides both.

If a Wyoming resident ends up in one of those states, they will find some form of sports betting. If they happen to venture into Utah or Idaho, they will find no sports betting at all. To find out more about why, you can click on the states’ names below.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
NebraskaIllegalLegalLegalLegal
ColoradoLegalLegalLegalLegal
South DakotaLegal (restricted)LegalLegalLegal
MontanaLegal (restricted)LegalIllegalLegal
IdahoIllegalLegal (restricted)IllegalLegal
UtahIllegalIllegalLegalIllegal

Sports betting revenue impact on Wyoming's economy

There is no cap on the number of licenses the Wyoming Gaming Commission can issue, and each license has an initial fee of $100,000 and lasts five years. When those five years run out, the renewal fee is $50,000. All operators that receive their license are then subject to the state sports betting tax rate of 10%.

Wyoming is one of the smallest states in the country in terms of population, so even with sports betting being legal since 2021, the state has accumulated just over $36 million in revenue. Between the low population and market that contains only four mobile betting options, Wyoming’s monthly numbers for handle, revenue, and tax income are pretty on par with what one would expect.

For as small as Wyoming is, The Equality State has still outperformed multiple other small states with limited markets. In fact, despite having the lowest estimated population in the country in 2023, Wyoming still produced more sports betting handle and revenue than four other states, including Maine and Montana.

Top 3 sportsbooks in the state in April 2024:

  1. DraftKings (Handle: $8.6m, Revenue: $867,177.81)

  2. FanDuel (Handle: $3.9m, Revenue: $414,897.34)

  3. BetMGM (Handle: $2.2m, Revenue: $242,587.59)

Wyoming sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: October 2023 ($21,234,828)

  • Revenue: January 2024 ($2,662,550)

  • Tax income: January 2024 ($177,183)

WY sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

Apr. 2024

$15,428,621

$1,499,242

$94,165

Mar. 2024

$17,690,741

$1,718,721

$112,306

Feb. 2024

$15,511,286

$1,946,594

$114,530

Jan. 2024

$20,272,552

$2,662,550

$177,183

2024 Total YTD

$68,903,200

$7,827,107

$498,194

Wyoming - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

Are there any legal restrictions on WY’s sports betting scene?

Yes, the biggest restriction to sports betting in Wyoming is that all wagers must be placed on a licensed mobile betting app. In-person betting is illegal in the state, and even tribal casinos cannot offer sports wagering under their gaming compacts.

How much tax revenue has WY generated from sports betting?

Since making sports betting legal in 2021, Wyoming has earned a little over $2 million in tax revenue.

Who are some of the most notable athletes from Wyoming?

Famous Wyoming athletes include Boyd Dowler, Lance Deal, Tom Browning, Curt Gowdy, and Mike Devereaux.

What is the best sports rivalry in WY?

The University of Wyoming and the Colorado State Rams play in the Border War every year, which is the Cowboys' biggest rivalry.