Jesse M Cox
September 1st 2021 saw both DraftKings Sportsbook and BetMGM get approved for online sports betting licenses thanks to the Wyoming Gaming Commission. Both of these companies were prepared to receive their licenses and within two hours after their licenses were awarded, both launched their online betting platforms.
Wyoming will be the 13th state that DraftKings operates in, and the 14th for BetMGM. The two operators will give customers a smattering of sports betting options, NFL, NCAA, NBA, NHL, MLB, and a few other more lesser known events like Esports or the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Wyoming will allow for anyone over the age of 18 to place bets online. This is different than the majority of states that only give the option to those who are 21 or older. The Cowboy state will similar to Tennessee in that it will allow only online wagers. For now there are no plans for brick and mortar locations.
Interestingly enough, the House of Representatives for the state held a vote back in March for House Bill 133 which would have legalized mobile wagering on sports but voted against it. Just one day later they had the lawmakers would look again at the bill and this decide to pass it along to the Senate.
When the Bill arrive at the Wyoming Senate it was passed on a 24-5 vote. Shortly thereafter on April 6th 2021, Wyoming’s Governor Mark Gordon officially signed the bill into law.
The Wyoming Gaming commission’s Executive Director Charles Moore was not fully onboard with the law at the start. However, the commission got over their concerns and accepted the job to make Wyoming’s new laws the best that they could be.
Four different drafts and a month and some change later, the Wyoming Gaming Commission had it’s rules finally come out in June of 2021. They looked at a number of states with legal sports betting for inspiration, especially Tennessee to no surprise. A 45 day public comment period came next and during those days the Wyoming Gaming Commission startde to allow potential operators to apply for licenses.
Although BetMGM and DraftKings were the first two operators to come into the Wyoming market, the state currently allows for up to five. FanDuel and Barstool Sportsbook have both shown plenty of interest in getting into the sate, so it is likely they could be the next two in. For now, BetMGM and DraftKings will fight it out for market share in Wyoming.
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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!