Wyoming is the latest state to launch sports betting in the United States. The Wyoming Gaming Commission set the deadline to launch as September 1, and two operators were able to deliver, including DraftKings and BetMGM.
DraftKings and BetMGM were the only two operators to be approved by the Wyoming Gaming Commission.
Details of the launch in Wyoming
DraftKing and BetMGM are two of the largest sportsbooks in the United States. DraftKings went live in its 13th state by securing market access in Wyoming. BetMGM is now one state better than DraftKings by adding Wyoming to its list.
BetMGM was heavily focused on online casino gaming, but MGM Resorts International has made a dedicated effort to expand its sports betting platform. The technology has improved drastically over the past year, attracting many users to the sportsbook.
The Wyoming Gaming Commission’s Special Project Manager David Carpenter spoke during the launch meeting. He said, “As soon as I send out these emails with digital licenses and license numbers, they are approved and prepared for launch. Effective the close of this meeting, they’re ready and able to launch.”
Carpenter also said the betting options are extensive in the state. Operators can list lines for all sports and request access to cover other events like Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
DraftKings and BetMGM receive a headstart in Wyoming
Wyoming is not going to be a massive betting state. However, DraftKings and BetMGM will have a monopoly in the state until the gaming commission approves other operators. These two books have been focused on promotions to win users early in the launch process.
BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt and DraftKings President Matt Kalish both spoke following the launch of their platforms in the state.
Greenblatt said, “We’re ecstatic that BetMGM is one of the first mobile sports betting platforms to launch in Wyoming, just in time for the start of the football season. Wyoming is an important state for us as we continue to expand BetMGM’s footprint in the West. We’re confident that its sports fans will enjoy the BetMGM experience.
Kalish followed by stating, “Legalized sports betting has seen widespread growth in just three years, and the DraftKings Sportsbook has been at the center of the action. We are thrilled that Wyoming sports bettors have the opportunity to experience the highly accessible and immersive fan experience along with best in class consumer protections that our product offers millions of skin-in-the-game sports fans.”
Other possibilities for Wyoming sports betting
The next Wyoming Gaming Commission meeting is scheduled for November 5, which will likely be the next time operators secure market access. FanDuel and Barstool Sportsbook were two other operators who expressed interest in the state through written requests.
SuperBook USA and Golden Entertainment participated in the stakeholder meetings, but they have not applied at this time. PointsBet leaders mentioned Wyoming as a possible state as well, so there could be a lot of activity at the next meeting.
According to commission president Bob Davis, there will be extra meetings if there is a desire by operators for extra approvals.