As of September 1st 2021 both DraftKings Sportsbook and BetMGM were approved for online sports betting licenses by the Wyoming Gaming Commission. Both companies had been gearing up for these licenses and within two hours after the meeting had finished, both launched their online gambling platforms.
Wyoming will be DraftKings 13th state they operate in, and BetMGM’s 14th. Both operators will offer the standard entrees of sports betting, NFL, NCAA, NBA, NHL, MLB, as well as some other more niche events like Esports or the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The Cowboy state will buck the trend of setting the legal gambling age at 21, and instead allow anyone 18 or older to place their bets. For now the state will operate much like Tennessee and only allow online bets, with no brick and mortar locations.
Back in March the state’s House of Representatives originally voted against House Bill 133 which would have legalized mobile wagering on sports. However, only a day later the House took another look at the bill and decided that it should pass.
The bill then made its way to the Wyoming Senate where it passed on a 24-5 vote. Finally, on April 6th 2021, Governor Mark Gordon formally signed the bill into law.
The Wyoming Gaming commission and its Executive Director Charles Moore were originally dubious of the new law. However, they shelved their concerns and accepted the responsibility to make Wyoming’s legal sports betting industry as safe, user friendly, and reliable as possible.
It took four different drafts and a little over a month, but the Wyoming Gaming Commission finally had its rules in order come June. They modeled the rules off of other legal gambling states including Tennessee. Then began a 45 day public comment period and during that time the state commission allowed sportsbooks to apply for operating licenses.
BetMGM and DraftKings may have been the first two to launch in Wyoming, but the state currently allows for up to five operators. FanDuel and Barstool Sportsbook have both shown interest in getting into the market, and it is likely they could be the next two in. For now, BetMGM and DraftKings will duke it out for early market share across the state.
Whenever new sportsbooks launch in a new state, there’s always good promotions for customers. For instance, Caesars is offering a free $5,000 risk free first best. If you are ever curious about the great promos going on in Wyoming, or your own state we constantly update our site with the best betting promotions that you can find across the country.
Wyoming is now the 23rd state to allow some sort of legal sports betting, and certainly won’t be the last. What are your guesses on who or what might come next in the world of legal online sports betting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and make sure you check back often for the latest legal gambling news!
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