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Online gamers are free to play daily fantasy in Wyoming. Big brands such as DraftKings and FanDuel have a strong presence with gamblers in the state. Daily fantasy sports (DFS) seem be viewed positively by a large number of states, possibly because it's a modern concept that has a clean reputation and a strong case can be made for it being a skills-based game.
Sports betting in Wyoming has traditionally focused on horse racing, and now it includes both racetrack betting on live races at venues such as Wyoming Downs as well as machines that enable betting on "masked" historical horse races. Unfortunately, the authorities seem to believe that betting on simulated past races is a great idea, while betting on sports in the present, such as games from the NBA, NFL, golf, soccer, and MMA, is not. Wyoming lawmakers are now free, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling, to legalize and regulate sports betting in the state. But for now, sports bettors don't have any other legal means to do so in person or online.
The Wyoming authorities resisted the development of tribal casinos for decades, including a prolonged decade-long case with the Arapaho tribe. Thankfully for gamblers, the state was eventually overruled and Wyoming now has a small number of casinos situated on the Wind River Indian Reservation. This means the capital of the state, Cheyenne, doesn't have any legal gambling venues. The Wind River Hotel and Casino is the biggest resort in Wyoming, with the other options being 789 Casino, Little Wind Casino, and Shoshone Rose Casino. The relatively small number of all the casinos, not to mention their concentrated locations, makes casino gambling in the state unappealing if you're hundreds of miles away or more.
Those looking to avoid the trip and still play are out of luck as Wyoming authorities haven't legalized any form of internet gambling.
Some of the tribal casinos in Wyoming offer poker games, although the scene is very modest compared with hardcore gambling states. Home games are very popular, though theoretically, the law stipulates that players must be able to prove a "bona fide" relationship with fellow players. Furthermore, no fee or rake is legally allowed to be associated with the games. That's still the best option for poker players as there are no licensed online sites in the state.
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Wyoming's Rocky Mountains and High Plains make it a state renowned for adventure—and in recent years, the state has gradually relaxed its gambling laws to enable more fun away from nature, too. That means residents and visitors to Wyoming can trek through the Rockies before dressing up for a glamorous night out at one of the state's fully regulated casino venues (although they may need a helicopter to get there on time).
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 at the state level. Today that leaves Wyoming gamblers with a moderate number of gambling options, including Native American tribal casinos and poker rooms, parimutuel horse race betting, and simulcast race wagering, plus a number of charitable gambling games. These include multi-state lotto games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions, in addition to charity bingo and raffles, but they exclude scratch cards.
The Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission approves 34 race meetings to be held in the state in this year, reinvigorating the horse gambling industry and showing the state that gambling can be good for the economy.
Revenue from historical horse race wagering terminals exceeds $420 million in 2017, with proceeds going to public funds. The revenue also boosted the horse breeding industry in Wyoming.
Lottery gambling is legalized in Wyoming.
The tired horse racing industry virtually halts in Wyoming; historical horse race wagering terminals are launched to permit betting on past races with the names of the runners removed.
Wyoming's Native American tribes are finally granted permission to build casinos, leading to the development of casinos on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
The federal court of appeals grants the Arapaho tribe the right to offer casino games on its own land.
Parimutuel racing commission is formed to enable horse racing and betting pools.
Pari-Mutuel betting is legalized.
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