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Online casino gambling in not permitted. A legal alternative for Wyoming residents is playing at social casinos, which offer free online games, such as slots, video poker and blackjack. Players can win prizes or play for entertainment purposes, with no money changing hands. The games are available on social casino websites and apps. Gambling.com's top-rated social casinos are listed above.
Playing for real money at offshore casino gambling sites is not recommended. Offshore sites are not legal or regulated and fail to provide a reasonable level of safety.
The only legal online gambling in Wyoming is pari-mutuel horse racing betting through advance deposit wagering platforms such as TVG and TwinSpires.
Online casino gambling is not a priority for state lawmakers. Instead, they've recently focused on regulating video gaming machines at truck stops, gas stations, bars and small businesses. A 2020 law created the Wyoming Gaming Commission, which now taxes the machines and requires retailers to have a gaming license.
Online sports betting became a more realistic scenario than online casino gambling. Legislation in the Wyoming House that would have legalized online-only sports betting fell short in 2020, but legal sports betting legislation was introduced again in 2021 and this time it was approved. Wyoming will become the second state, after Tennessee, to have an online-only sports betting market.
The only casinos in Wyoming are tribal facilities owned by Northern Arapaho or Eastern Shoshone tribes. All four are located in the remote Wind River Indian Reservation - more than 120 miles west of Casper and even farther from Cheyenne, Laramie and Yellowstone National Park.
|Casino||City||Address||Hours of Operation|
|Wind River Hotel & Casino||Riverton||10269 Highway 789||24 hours|
|Little Wind Casino||Ethete||800 Blue Sky Highway||8 a.m.-2 a.m.|
|789 Smoke Shop & Casino||Riverton||180 Red Wolf Creek Drive||24 hours|
|Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel||Lander||5690 US-287||Casino temporarily closed in September 2020, with no set date to reopen, according to casino website|
Address: 10269 Highway 789, Riverton
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
Games offered: Slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, poker
Address: 800 Blue Sky Highway, Ethete
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Games offered: Slots, video poker, blackjack
Address: 180 Red Wolf Creek Drive, Riverton
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
Games offered: Slots, video poker
Address: 5690 US-287, Lander
Hours of operation: Casino temporarily closed in September 2020 with no set date to reopen, according to casino website.
Games offered: Slots, video poker
Wyoming is home to no casinos other than the facilities owned by Native American tribes. Online gambling is not specifically mentioned in the gaming compact between the tribes and the state.
Casino apps allow bettors the convenience of wagering from their smartphone or mobile device 24 hours a days, 7 days a week, from anywhere in the state. The multi-functional apps, which can handle payment processing, odds, game selection and wagering, are free to download and available for Android and iOS operating systems. If Wyoming legalizes online betting, casino apps will play a significant role.
Among the games launched in states with legal online gambling:
Lottery: The WyoLotto currently does not allow online sales, though it does offer an app to scan tickets. All lottery games are draw games. Scratch cards are not permitted.
Online Slots: Online casinos offer a wide selection of new slots with the latest graphics and animation in addition to traditional 3-reel, 5-reel and progressive jackpot games.
Online Poker: If online poker goes live in Wyoming, the state might consider joining a multi-state network to share players, which would significantly improve player liquidity.
Roulette: Various online forms are offered, with European and French roulette (no double zero slot) offering bettors more favorable odds than the American version.
Online Blackjack: More variations of blackjack (Spanish 21, Blackjack Switch, etc.) are available online, some with bonus sidebets.
Live Dealer: An actual person deals a table game from a studio or casino setting, with the action live-streamed to your screen. Live dealer adds a social element by allowing players to interact with the dealer and other players at the table. Not every casino site in regulated states offer this option, though.
The most common deposit and withdrawal methods in states with online gambling:
Play+: Sometimes branded by the casino site itself, this card can be loaded via credit card or bank account and funds transferred into your casino account. Winnings can be withdrawn back on to the card and withdrawn at an ATM.
Credit/debit card: Most convenient deposit option with funds processed quickly. But fees can be high and some banks choose not to process gambling transactions.
E-wallets: PayPal, Neteller and Skrill are the most widely accepted. Opening an account allows bettors to move funds to and from their online gambling account for low fees.
Prepaid cards: Some online casinos offer branded prepaid cards on their websites. Many other prepaid cards are available at retailers.
ACH/bank transfer: Electronic funds transfer from bank to casino operator and vice versa.
PayNearMe: No credit card or bank account needed. Cash-only deposit option at local 7-Eleven, CVS and Family Dollar stores, with a barcode used to transfer the cash into your gambling account.
Among the most frequent bonus offers:
No-deposit bonus: Register for an account and receive a small bonus for signing up.
Deposit match: Online casino operator matches the amount of your first deposit, up to 100%. These offers generally require the bonus money to be wagered a specific number of times before it can be unlocked. Always read the terms and conditions.
Freeroll bonus: Free entry into online tournaments.
Free slot spins: Offered to slot players, often to try new or different slot games.
Wyoming's conservative stance on gambling stretches back in time, and state lawmakers have resisted pressure to relax the gambling regulations. This negative stance has started to erode, but not without opposition. Today that leaves Wyoming players with a moderate number of gambling options, including Native American tribal casinos and poker rooms, pari-mutuel horse race betting and simulcast race wagering, plus multi-state lotto games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signs a bill into law legalizing mobile sports betting in the state. Advocates aim for Sept. 1 as a start date, in time for football season.
Wyoming Gaming Commission is created to regulate and tax non-tribal gaming machines located at bars, truck stops, gas stations and small businesses across the state.
Bill to allow online-only sports betting is defeated in Wyoming House by 32-27 vote.
Wyoming becomes 44th state to legalize lottery. First ticket is sold the following year.
Wyoming's Native American tribes are granted permission to build casinos, leading to development of four casinos on Wind River Indian Reservation.
Historical racing machines are installed at racetracks and off-track betting facilities. Machines are removed for violating state law three years later, then formally legalized by lawmakers in 2013.
State legalizes pari-mutuel wagering.
Wyoming wasn't on many shortlists to become the next U.S. state to legalize sports betting, but it happened in 2021.
And it took an interesting route to get there.
On March 9, 2021, the state’s House of Representatives voted against a proposal to allow mobile sports betting. However, the House changed its decision the next day and passed the bill. By state legislative rules, a lawmaker who votes with the majority may ask to have the bill reconsidered. Rep. Mike Yin voted no on March 9 but he asked for a re-vote on March 10. He and Chad Banks changed their votes in favor of the bill, allowing it to go to the Senate. The Senate added regulatory amendments and approved, setting up Gordon's signature.
In 2020, a sports betting bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Walters was narrowly defeated in the Wyoming House by a vote of 32-27. The bill would have legalized online/mobile sports betting only and allowed an unlimited number of applicants to apply for a sports betting license.
It happened in 2021 when the legislature passed a bill and Gov. Mark Gordon signed it. Proponents only fell a few votes shy in 2020 but their second chance came good in 2021.
A critical component of the bill was the mobile/online wagering option. Wyoming is not densely populated, meaning online wagering is the only convenient legal sports betting option. The sports betting bill also gives Wyoming tribes the right to offer sports wagering at their casinos, but none are located close to the state's most populous cities.
Two of Wyoming's neighboring states, Colorado and Montana, already allow online and retail sports betting. And another neighbor, South Dakota, approved of sports betting in 2021 at Deadwood casinos, though South Dakota decided against a true statewide mobile option.
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Wyoming has no specific laws relating to Daily Fantasy Sports, meaning it operates in a legal gray area. Since no state legislation specifically outlaws Daily Fantasy Sports, operators such as DraftKings, FanDuel, FantasyDraft and Yahoo Sports accept Wyoming accounts. The state has made no attempts to stop them.
Wyoming has two horse racing tracks that offer a limited number of live racing dates per year: Wyoming Downs, just north of Evanston, and Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs. Both tracks offer simulcast wagering and have been lifted financially by the addition of historic racing machines (instant racing).
The state also allows pari-mutuel wagering at more than a dozen off-track wagering facilities. Online pari-mutuel wagering is permitted through advance deposit platforms such as Xpressbet, NYRA Bets, DRF Bets, TVG and TwinSpires.
With Wyoming focusing its sports betting efforts on mobile rather than in-person wagering, expect the biggest online operators to attempt to enter the market. That means DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM, among others. A minimum of five operators would be allowed to operate in Wyoming, creating healthy mobile competition. Operators must pay $100,000 for a five-year permit, which includes a $50,000 renewal fee. An interesting twist in Wyoming is that any applicant must be active in three other states to submit a license application to the Wyoming Gaming Commission. Any serious applicant would easily meet this requirement.
With sports betting legal in Wyoming and the state aiming for implementation in fall 2021, wagering will likely be allowed on professional, major college and several international sports. State lawmakers would determine if wagering is allowed on college games involving Wyoming-based teams or collegiate events played in Wyoming.
No. Internet gambling, whether it be online casino gambling and online sports betting are not permitted in the state.
The minimum age is 18 to gamble at the Wyoming's tribal casinos, pari-mutuel wagering and lottery, per Wyoming gambling law.
None. Commercial casinos are not legal in Wyoming. Only tribal casinos may operate.
Wyoming players will need to be physically located inside the state to place a legal wager but do not need to be residents.
Some sites may be social casinos that are legal to play and offer free online casino games with no real money changing hands. Other offers may be offshore gambling sites that are not properly licensed or regulated and should be avoided.
Tribal casino gambling, pari-mutuel wagering, video lottery terminals, lottery. And as of 2021, online sports betting is legal, set to launch late in the year.
At the state's tribal casinos in the Wind River Indian Reservation area; video lottery terminals at various locations around the state; at the state's two racetracks (Wyoming Downs, Sweetwater Downs) and several off-track betting facilities.
Not yet, but soon. Online sports betting became legal in Wyoming in April 2021 and it is set to launch sometime in the fall.
The Wyoming Gaming Commission would likely regulate online gambling in the state.
Yes, as long as the gambling site you are playing is licensed and regulated by the Wyoming Gaming Commission. The agency's mission is to protect the wagering public and ensure the integrity of gambling in the state.
All gambling winnings are subject to federal tax. Wyoming has no state income tax.
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