It may not be through traditional channels, but it seems Wyoming will eventually have sports betting.
The Northern Arapaho Tribe adds sports betting to its gaming business across the state. That’s even though Wyoming doesn’t have legislation that allows sports betting to start.
That’s because, according to the tribe, they don’t need it.
“The Northern Arapaho tribe play games with the US Department of the Interior’s approval and do not require government sports betting approval,” the tribe said in a press release.
This means that sports betting in Wyoming could take place at three casinos, including this Wind river Casino in downtown Wyoming.
Wyoming sports betting start in the gray area
It’s not entirely clear whether tribes need government approval to start sports betting.
Sports betting in New Mexico launched under similar circumstances and so far accepted without a clear provision in state law on prohibition.
However, this is not always the case. Earlier this year in Oklahoma, Governor Kevin Stitt tried to add sports betting to new tribal treaties. He was sued and ultimately rejected by the state’s Supreme Court.
Wyoming Governor Mark GordonThe office did not respond when asked about plans for Northern Arapaho.
How the tribal games collapse
Tribal gaming is divided into three classes.
Class II and Class III are the most common. Casinos with Class II games may offer machines that look like slots but actually operate on the math of electronic bingo. Tribes that have Class I. Games can offer social games like bingo.
Class III games offered by Northern Arapaho include anything that is not Class I or Class II games such as table games. Class III is further defined by the Code of Federal Regulations Include sports betting in Section 502.4.
No mobile WY sports betting
Anyone looking to wager in Wyoming must visit one of the casinos in northern Arapaho. No tribe has attempted to launch mobile sports betting at launch without the law in their state allowing it.
Federal law was introduced last year that would have allowed tribes to offer mobile betting as long as the servers were on their reservations.
Anthony Brindisi MPThe bill was eventually referred to Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States but received no further action.
North Dakota also gets tribal bets
There will also be sports betting North Dakota sometime soon, although that’s a much clearer picture.
North Dakota did not pass enabling laws either, but the Pact for them Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians is pretty clear. The tribe can play sports bets except what is prohibited by PASPA.
Of course PASPA came up May 2018This enabled US sports betting to expand beyond Nevada.
The Chippewa Indian Turtle Mountain Band is used IGT‘s make sport Platform, self-service kiosks and trading services.