Legal online sports betting launched in Wyoming on Sept. 1, 2021. DraftKings and BetMGM were the first sports betting apps to enter the market, with FanDuel arriving as the third online sportsbook in March 2022. PointsBet has also received approval to operate in the state and is expected to launch in the coming months.
Wyoming’s sports betting market is currently limited to mobile betting. While the state is only required to give out a minimum of five licenses, there is no license cap, leaving room for more sports betting apps to enter the market in the future.
Here’s everything you need to know about online sports betting in Wyoming, including who can bet, where you can bet, and more.
Details About Sports Betting in Wyoming
- Wyoming introduced legal sports betting in 2021, and DraftKings and BetMGM became the state’s first online sportsbooks.
- Only three online sports betting apps are currently available in Wyoming, though a fourth (PointsBet) has been approved and is expected to launch sometime in the near future.
- According to a Wyoming Gaming Commission spokesperson, Caesars Sportsbook and Barstool sportsbook have also applied for licenses to operate in the state, but both platforms are still awaiting approval.
- Wyoming runs a mobile-only sports betting market. Retail sports betting is not currently available in the state.
- Wyoming’s gaming laws require the state hand out at least five sports betting licenses, but there is no cap on how many licenses can be given out.
- Operators must pay $100,000 for a five-year license plus a $50,000 renewal fee. All sports betting revenue in the state is subject to a 10% tax, and the first $300,000 generated annually will be directed toward combating gambling addiction.
Recent Sports Betting News in Wyoming
Wyoming’s sports betting industry is relatively new but growing quickly. As more sportsbooks are introduced to the market in the near future, sports betting will become more accessible and likely lead to increased gaming revenue. Here are some of the most recent updates about the state’s sports betting industry:
- May 31, 2022: The Wyoming Gaming Commission reports a total sports betting handle of just $10 million in April. This led to $1 million in revenue for sportsbooks and $51,187 in taxes.
- April 30, 2022: Sportsbooks in Wyoming took in a total of $12.7 million in bets during March and generated about $1.1 million in revenue for the month, according to the Wyoming Gaming Commission.
- March 30, 2022: The Wyoming Gaming Commission reports that sportsbooks took in $10.3 million in bets during February, compared to $14 million in January.
- March 10, 2022: FanDuel officially launches in Wyoming, making it the state’s third active online sportsbook. PointsBet has also been approved to enter the Wyoming sports betting market and is expected to launch in the coming months.
- March 7, 2022: The Wyoming Gaming Commission releases its sports betting revenue report, showing that sportsbooks took in about $14 million in bets in January, leading to $1.1 million in revenue.
- Feb. 25, 2022: South Dakota attempts to introduce legal statewide mobile sports betting, but a House committee prevents this expansion. The expansion would have likely impacted Wyoming’s sports betting market.
- Feb. 3, 2022: PointsBet receives approval to operate in Wyoming, making it the fourth sportsbook to be granted a license in the state. PointsBet is expected to launch its platform in Wyoming later this year.
- Jan. 26, 2022: According to the Wyoming Gaming Commission, sportsbooks took in $12.3 million in bets in December, leading to $813,504 in revenue and $27,791 in taxes.
Online Sports Betting Apps Available in Wyoming
Currently there are three sports betting apps available in Wyoming, with a fourth on the way — PointsBet recently received approval to operate in the state. Wyoming law requires the state to grant at least five licenses to mobile sports betting apps, meaning more apps are expected to launch in the future. Here’s an overview of the online sports betting apps available in Wyoming:
|Sportsbook||Partner||Tech Supplier||Venue||Launch Date|
|BetMGM||N/A||Entain||N/A||Sept. 1, 2021|
|DraftKings||N/A||SBTech||N/A||Sept. 1, 2021|
|FanDuel||N/A||IGT||N/A||March 10, 2022|
Are Daily Fantasy Sports Apps Legal in Wyoming?
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) apps let users create fictional sports teams to compete with other users in daily and weekly contests for cash and other prizes. As these contests are largely dependent on the user’s sports knowledge, some states classify them as games of skill, while others consider DFS contests to be gambling and have banned them.
Daily fantasy sports apps are legal in Wyoming, and anyone inside Wyoming state lines can register with platforms like DraftKings, Yahoo, and FanDuel to enter these contests. While Wyoming does not have any laws that prohibit DFS apps, the state also doesn’t have any laws to regulate them.
How to Place Responsible Sports Bets in Wyoming
Anyone 21 or older within Wyoming state lines can bet on sports online by registering with one of the licensed sports betting apps available in the state. Before betting, you’ll be required to verify your identity, age, and location.
If you plan to bet on sports online, it’s important to follow responsible betting practices to reduce your chances of developing a problematic gambling habit.
Responsible sports betting practices include:
- Never chasing losses and setting a strict betting budget to avoid betting more than you can afford to lose
- Never gambling while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Treating sports betting as a form of entertainment, not a legitimate way to earn income
- Taking breaks or quitting gambling if you notice it’s starting to impact your career or personal life
- Only using licensed and regulated sportsbook apps to avoid scams, fraud, and other issues
Problem gambling is a serious issue that can impact nearly every aspect of your life. If you believe you may be addicted to gambling, contact the National Council on Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 for assistance.
Wyoming Sports Betting FAQs
|Is online sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is mobile sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is betting legal at retail locations?||No|
|Minimum legal gambling age||21|
Editor’s Note: Information accurate as of May 2022.