They say that timing is everything. In the case of legal sports betting and the state of Wyoming, that time is now. Past efforts to get sports betting started up in the state failed and failed rather quickly, but March 2021 just happened to be the right time to rekindle all of those discussions.
After lots of opposition and uncertainty, HB 133 moved at the speed of light and was signed into law by Governor Mark Gordon. It was quick and painless, which are two adjectives that would not at all describe what happened with previous efforts.
Representative Tom Walters fell just five votes short in the House towards the end of 2020, but he succeeded this time in getting his legislation through.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for everybody. That includes politicians and representatives at state levels. Money is sorely needed to replace what was spent to help the citizens through the pandemic. For a state like Wyoming, which has an economy heavy on farming and mining, any diversification added to the economy should be considered.
With HB 133 now in place, following a few minor amendments in the Senate, Wyoming should have the infrastructure for sports betting up and running by the start of the 2021 NFL season.
A 10% tax rate is pretty low by comparison to some other states and Wyoming is going to be online and mobile when it comes to access, so we should see quite a few operators set up shop in the state.
How do I bet on sports in Wyoming? Well, until it goes live in the state, you’ll still have to go outside the state borders to do so. The best option is Colorado, but South Dakota now has sports betting in Deadwood as well. Colorado has full mobile and online capabilities, which means that all you have to do is get over the state border, turn your location services on, and place your bets.
What you see in Colorado will not be what you see in Wyoming. Wyoming ranks last in population in the United States, while Colorado ranks right around 20th. The number of sportsbooks in Colorado is eye-popping. You won’t see that in Wyoming because of the smaller population, but the state will not have a monopoly through the lottery like Montana or Oregon, nor will it be a monopoly like New Hampshire with only DraftKings.
The language of HB 133 is such that only sportsbooks that are already operating in three or more states can apply for licenses. That means that all of the major national brands are in play. It means that we won’t see small-time operators, rather the big corporations and even some publicly-traded companies.
Some sportsbooks that are likely to start up in Wyoming include:
BetMGM is having lots of success in the state of Colorado and will likely take a chance on the neighboring state to the north. Because sports betting is going to be all online and mobile in Wyoming, with the exception of the casinos in Northern Arapaho Tribe lands, MGM should have no problem getting going, just like what it does in Tennessee and Colorado.
It is likely that up to a $600 Deposit Bonus will be in your future with BetMGM in Wyoming.
This one might be a little more of a stretch, given that BetRivers seems to have a lot of focus on the Rust Belt, but they are operating in the state of Colorado. BetRivers Sportsbook could set up shop in Wyoming and would meet the requirement of being in at least three states.
If so, BetRivers typically offers a 100% Deposit Match Bonus up to $250.
DraftKings Sportsbook is nearly a lock to set up shop in Wyoming. They’re looking to be in all 50 states if they can help it and Wyoming would be another one to add to the list. DraftKings is a great primary sportsbook to have with all kinds of betting odds on all sorts of events, including props and futures, and lots of bonus offers as well.
They offer a Deposit Bonus worth up to $1000 split between a Risk-Free Bet and a Deposit Match Bonus.
Much like DraftKings, FanDuel Sportsbook is likely a lock to set up in Wyoming. FanDuel is actually the most-used sportsbook in the United States with the highest betting handle in most of the states where it operates. I wouldn’t expect Wyoming to be any different.
They offer up to a $500 Risk-Free bet usually, but we’ve seen other promotions in new states.
It would be a shocker if PointsBet Sportsbook was not in Wyoming at some point. They haven’t been first or second to enter many markets, but have been steadily expanding and the US headquarters for this Australian company is in downtown Denver. PointsBet offers a ton of weekly promotions for players and also has the innovative PointsBetting system, where you can win more, but also lose more if you are willing to embrace some more risk.
PointsBet offers a 100% Deposit Match Bonus up to $250.
William Hill Sportsbook operates in basically every US state without a monopoly. They’re also very likely to be part of the Wyoming sports betting market. William Hill began in London in 1934 and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange. This is a sportsbook you can trust and one that has betting odds on absolutely everything. We’re not sure how many baseball bettors there are in Wyoming, but with dime lines up to -160, they make a lot of sense in the summer.
William Hill usually offers a Risk-Free Bet up to $500, but we’ve seen different offers in various states.
Sports betting legislation has officially been passed in Wyoming, so now just wait to see how long it takes everything to get set up. With low tax and licensing rates, things should move along fairly quickly. HB 133 passed during the first week of April 2021 and a start date for the first bets prior to the 2021 NFL season should be doable.
Wyoming’s small population will be an interesting test case for other sparsely-populated states that may have interest in adding betting as a new means of getting some tax revenue.
Wyoming residents will be able to bet from the convenience of home or on the go because the state will have mobile and online wagering.