Is Poker legal in Wyoming (wy)? Online Poker Laws in Wyoming Explained
Table Of Contents
- Live Poker is allowed
- Sports Betting is allowed
- Sports Betting is legal since 2021
- Online Poker is forbidden
- Online Casino is forbidden
Can You Play Online Poker in Wyoming?
There is currently no legislation permitting online poker in the state.
Current Wyoming Gambling Laws
The least populous state in the country, Wyoming doesn’t tend to be a pioneer when it comes to gaming. In fact, they didn’t offer a lottery until 2013, becoming the 44th state to do so.
Even so, the state has taken a conservative approach banning scratch-off tickets and the sale of lottery tickets via independent machines.
That said, the state is home to several tribal casinos including Little Wind Casino, Shoshone Rose Casino, Wind River Casino, and 789 Smokeshop & Casino. Of those, only Wind River offers poker, which includes the annual Wyoming State Poker Championship tournament. There are also two horse tracks — Wyoming Downs and Streetwater Downs.
Wyoming has always been late to the party when it comes to gaming. The state resisted tribal gaming until the tribes won the right in court in 2005. Aside from a pari-mutuel commission, they lack any formal gaming commission, though talks of establishing one did emerge in 2016.
Such a commission would have considered new gaming options, but there hasn’t been any movement in recent years. The bad news is online poker won’t be coming to Wyoming anytime soon if ever. The silver lining is that it’s the smallest player pool in the country.
In 2021, Wyoming lawmakers approved a bill legalizing sports betting in the state. The first sportsbooks in the state went live later that year.
Best Online Poker Sites for Wyoming Players
None at present. But you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.