Can You Play Online Poker in Wyoming?
No, you cannot play online poker in Wyoming. With just 2 tribal casinos in the entire state, Wyoming has very few gambling options. Currently, there is no legislation permitting online poker providers to operate within the state.
Why Not? What Are the Online Poker Laws in Wyoming?
Wyoming maintains a conservative stance on gambling. The state’s laws prohibit betting or wagering on any game that is based on chance, and this includes online poker. The only forms of gambling that are permitted by law are social gambling, some types of bingo, and live gambling in the few tribal casinos regulated by the state. At least two of these casinos have poker tables where players can play in-person poker games. Playing poker outside these locations is prohibited by law.
Operators caught organizing or promoting Wyoming online poker face a felony charge with up to 3 years of jail time. As a result of this law, the state has no legally-approved online gambling operators running gambling sites within its shores.
Poker enthusiasts do have a few (risky) options for playing Wyoming online poker in the form of offshore poker sites. As the name suggests, offshore sites are run by internationally licensed operators, which means they’re technically immune from the strict laws prohibiting online poker in Wyoming. These sites provide a seemingly attractive alternative to Wisconsin poker players who want to play the game without any legal issues – but that’s before you dig under the surface.
Despite the apparent benefits of offshore poker sites, MyPokerCoaching does not strongly recommend playing on these sites. Offshore poker sites do not play by the rules of local regulatory bodies.
As a result, there are no guarantees that they’ll follow fair gaming standards in their operations. Playing on these sites also carries significant risk, as many offshore sites have been known to shut down unexpectedly, leaving players with no means to recover their deposits and winnings.
Potential Wyoming Poker Sites to Launch in the Future
Poker has been popular in Wyoming for many years, but the state is still to regulate online poker sites. There have been several attempts at it over the years, but so far, none have come to fruition.
It is a pretty safe bet that online poker in WY will be regulated at some point in the future, so the only real question is when. While it’s hard to give any definitive answer at this point in time, we continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated with any important developments.
When online poker is finally legal in WY, there are a few sites that we can expect to go live. These are all operators with a major presence in the regulated US market, and they’ll likely jump at the opportunity to expand their presence.
BetMGM Poker Wyoming
BetMGM has established itself as a household name in the regulated US online poker space, and the operator will likely be among the first to stake a claim in such an attractive new market.
We expect BetMGM Poker will bring out a platform similar to that in other states like PA, MI, and NJ. A poker client powered by the PartyPoker technology offers a modern and very reliable solution for all online poker fans, even if it is not as rich in functionalities as some other platforms.
In terms of game variety, players can look forward to a nice mix of online tournaments, a wide range of cash game stakes, and, in all likelihood, BetMGM Poker’s staple SPINS – a hugely popular sit & go variation featuring a random jackpot.
It is also likely that BetMGM Poker WY will come out of the gate swinging, offering a generous welcome bonus. With what’s likely to be heavy competition in the state, all sites will look for ways to stand out, and this is generally a good thing for the players.
Although the company couldn’t enter the US before 2016, PokerStars has established itself as a staple name of online poker in the country, just like they have done in the global market.
Once the regulation is finally passed, the launch of PokerStars is pretty much a guarantee. This is especially true if the state passes a law with the expectation of joining the MSIGA, as the operator seems eager to take advantage of opportunities provided by interstate poker.
But even without that particular element, WY is a big enough market on its own.
What PokerStars brings to the table is the operator’s experience in organizing major online series, first and foremost. US versions of ‘COOP events have been hugely successful in all states where the site currently has a presence, and there is no reason to think Wyoming would be an exception.
PokerStars also offers one of the best software solutions for desktop computers and mobile devices alike. This enhances the player experience and certainly helps push the site towards the top of the list when deciding where to play.
The third WY poker site likely to go live as soon as legal requirements are met is WSOP.com. Right now, WSOP is the only operator present in all regulated US markets with active poker sites, and the company is on the constant lookout for expansion opportunities.
WSOP.com has one trump card that no other operators can match, which is its ability to host bracelet-awarding events and exclusive satellites to live World Series of Poker tournaments. This has helped the operator remain competitive across the country.
A launch in a new state would likely mean an exclusive bracelet series, giving players in the state great opportunities to win some WSOP silverware from the comfort of their home, and if past experience is any indicator, this is an opportunity that players jump on.
WSOP should have no problem claiming its fair share of the new market despite competitors, with the operators’ numbers surging during major live and online events.