There are surprisingly few states in America where daily fantasy sports have actually been made legal. This is not to say, however, that they are illegal in all other states. While nine states have chosen to pass legislation outlawing DFS (Arizona, Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and Washington State), the majority of them have so far decided to stay in a legal gray area on the topic. By not passing legislation to make it officially legal or illegal, residents of many states are able to play daily fantasy sports without fear or prosecution, but without full regulations being put in place by the state.
Wyoming has chosen not to address the matter in legislation yet. This means that residents are free to play on DraftKings, Fanduel, or any other DFS site running in the state.
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Online Daily Fantasy Sports in Wyoming – Overview
There isn’t much of a gambling industry in Wyoming, although this is probably mostly due to the fact that the state has a relatively small population, spread out over a large geographical area. There are a few small casinos, two racetracks, and a state lottery. Since there isn’t a huge amount in land-based gambling available, online betting is an attractive option in Wyoming.
Online poker or gambling is not allowed in the state, but online horse race wagering, fantasy sports, and games of skill are allowed. Since you are able to play DFS in Wyoming, let’s take a look at some of the sports on offer.
Online Daily Fantasy NFL – Wyoming Cowboys
The NFL is the most popular fantasy league, which is unsurprising considering the popularity of real-life NFL. To join in, draft nine players for your team and enter into either a private or public competition. You must stay within the set salary cap when choosing players so think about who is worth what!
Despite not having a team in the NFL, Wyoming has still contributed to the sport. Eighty-two players have been drafted from the Wyoming Cowboys (the football team at the University of Wyoming) since the first draft in 1932. Out of those players, four have been selected to a Pro Bowl, and seven have been part of a Super Bowl or NFL Championship winning team. There are currently still five Wyoming draftees playing in the NFL.
Online Daily Fantasy NBA – Wyoming Wildcatters
If you want to enter a team into the fantasy NBA league, you will need to draft eight players: a point guard, a guard, a shooting guard, a small forward, a power forward, a forward, two centers, and one utility player. Again, there is a salary cap, and the players must come from at least two different NBA games.
Wyoming used to have a professional basketball team, the Wyoming Wildcatters. They played six seasons in the CBA, reaching the finals twice. Unfortunately, the franchise ceased operations in 1988 after severe financial troubles.
Online Daily Fantasy MLB – Not Even in the Park
An MLB fantasy team requires ten players. There cannot be more than five hitters from any one team and must include players scheduled to play in at least two different MLB games.
Unfortunately, Wyoming does not have a major league baseball team for residents to get excited about. It has to be said that Wyoming has not contributed a huge amount to baseball. Numerous major league players have come from the state, but not a huge amount. This is to be expected since the state is fairly sparsely populated.
Online Daily Fantasy MLS – Domenic Mediate
Soccer is not as popular as some of the other sports in America, but there is still the Major League Soccer. To join the fantasy league, you can enter a team into either a public or private contest. Your team must have eight players, who must come from at least three different teams.
Again, Wyoming does not have much of a claim to fame when it comes to this sport. Pretty much the only person of note in soccer to come from Wyoming is Domenic Mediate. Now retired, Mediate was Columbus Crew’s second pick (23rd overall) in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. After a year, he was traded to DC United where he made seven starts for the DC reserves. In 2009, he moved to the Puerto Rico Islanders.
College Basketball – Wyoming Cowboys
The Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls represent the University of Wyoming. They are the only college team to play in the NCAA Division I from Wyoming. The men’s basketball team is of particular note. In 2006, a list of the greatest college basketball programs of all time was published and the University of Wyoming was ranked 42nd for its basketball program. Kenny Sailors played on the team in 1943 and is the man credited with creating the jump shot.
Timeline of Daily Fantasy Sports Legislation
Wyoming is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to gambling. While some of the laws are still very strict, it also has more lenient laws allowing poker rooms and some forms of online betting too. In the table below, we take a look at the history of gambling in this state.
If you want to know more about gambling in Wyoming, you can take a look at our page about Wyoming gambling on the subject.
|1967||The pari-mutuel racing commission is formed this year to enable horse racing and betting pools.|
|2005-6||Native American tribes are finally granted permission to build casinos. This leads to the development of casinos on the Wind River Indian Reservation.|
|2010||The horse racing industry has slowed dramatically. Historical horse racing terminals are launched. These allow people to bet on past races with the names of the runners hidden.|
|2014-17||Revenue from the historical horse racing terminals exceeds $420million. The proceeds go to public funds and boost the horse breeding industry in Wyoming.|
|2018||The Pari-Mutuel Commission approves 34 race meetings. This reinvigorates the horse betting industry again.|
Legal Daily Fantasy Betting Age in Wyoming
The minimum gambling age in Wyoming is 18 years old. Unusually, this is true regardless of the form of gambling, or where it takes place. As long as you are 18 years old, you can gamble without many restrictions in Wyoming. The limitation you may encounter are on what games are available in the state. There are casinos, poker rooms, bingo halls, and race tracks for you to wager at, but there are no land-based sportsbooks.
If you are found guilty of unlawful gambling in Wyoming (a misdemeanor crime), you can face up to six months in prison, or a fine up to $750. If a person engages in professional gambling by enticing others to gamble with the intent of making a profit, the crime is a felony and that person can be jailed for up to three years or fined up to $3,000.
DFS Betting Age
Is Daily Fantasy Betting Legal Outside of the State?
Daily fantasy sports are becoming more popular across the globe, but its biggest audience is still in the USA, with 10% of the population playing online. Despite its popularity, many states have not yet passed legislation one way or the other to decide on the legality of DFS. If we take a look at Wyoming’s neighbors, we can see how split the country still is on the subject.
Montana and Idaho are actually two of the nine states which have passed laws to make daily fantasy sports illegal in the state. Nebraska tried to pass a bill to make DFS legal but the bill is currently still in holding, so no final decision has been made either way. South Dakota is in a position similar to Wyoming’s; daily fantasy sports have not been made legal but nor are they illegal, so residents are able to play without fear of prosecution.
The Best Fantasy Sports App in Wyoming
There isn’t much that can’t be achieved from a smart phone anymore. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that gambling from your phone is easy these days too. The majority of DFS operators have optimized their sites for mobiles. A lot of them also have apps that you can download which give you a really smooth experience. We have taken a look at these apps and put our favorite in the table below.
Taxes on Daily Fantasy Winnings: Legal Overview
All gambling winnings are subject to taxation. There is a 25% flat federal tax on all winnings and then the majority of states will also have a state tax which can be as high as 9%. There are only ten states which do not charge any state tax on gambling or lottery winnings: California, Delaware, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. This is lucky for the residents of Wyoming, as they will not have to pay additional state tax on their winnings.
Upcoming Regulation Changes to Be Aware Of
It doesn’t seem like Wyoming is in a big rush to change its gambling laws any time soon. The latest development in the state related to gambling took place last year when a bill proposed that a Wyoming gaming commission be instated. The majority of states have similar commissions to oversee and regulate gambling, but Wyoming does not yet have one dedicated body for this. The bill has been postponed indefinitely, so it seems that not much is going to change in Wyoming any time soon.