Gaming Laws in Wyoming
Wyoming State Code Section 6-7-101 defines illegal gambling as “risking any property for gain contingent in whole or part upon lot, chance, or outcome of an event, including sporting event, over which person taking a risk has no control.” Professional gambling is further defined as “aiding or inducing another to engage in gambling, with the intent to derive a profit therefrom or participating in gambling and having, other than by virtue of skill or luck, a lesser chance of losing or a greater chance of winning than one or more of the other participants.”
Engaging in any illegal gambling activities risks committing a misdemeanor, which is punishable by imprisonment for no more than six months, a fine of no more than $750, or both. Engaging in professional gambling risks committing a felony, which is punishable by imprisonment for no more than three years, a fine of no more than $3,000, or both.
There are three tribal casinos in Wyoming, with all of them residing in Fremont County. These include the Wind River Casino, Little Wind Casino and Shoshone Rose Casino. The casino games available include slot machines and table games like blackjack and poker.
Sports Betting in Wyoming
Sports betting is not allowed in the state of Wyoming.
Even though there are no sportsbooks available at physical locations or online in the state of Wyoming, bettors still have the opportunity to choose from many offshore options. Offshore sportsbooks are widely considered to be a much safer option than local bookmakers. In addition to having the convenience of placing bets right from a personal computer or mobile device and a variety of options, online bettors can trust reputable and well-reviewed offshore books to always offer lines and pay out, which may not always be the case for local bookies.
Poker and Casino in Wyoming
Poker and other casino games of any kind are not allowed in the state of Wyoming outside of tribal casinos.
Because poker rooms are banned in the state of Wyoming outside of tribal casinos, online games may appeal to interested players who can pursue offshore websites in order to participate.
Other Gaming Options in Wyoming
Betting on licensed horse, harness and dog racing plus on-track parimutuel wagering is legal in Wyoming. Charitable gaming is also allowed within the state, including bingo and raffles.
The Wyoming Lottery, known as WyoLotto, became a reality when House Bill 77 passed during the 2013 legislative session. The lottery is run as a private business and does not use any state tax money or employ state employees. Revenues from the lottery are deposited into the state’s Permanent Land Fund’s Common School Account. Lottery games include jackpot drawings such as Powerball, Mega Millions and the Cowboy Draw, which is featured exclusively in Wyoming.