Introduction to Wyoming Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Wyoming slot machine casino gambling consists of four American Indian tribal casinos offering both Class II games-of-skill bingo machines and Class III games-of-chance slot machines.
Racetracks and their Off-Track-Betting (OTB) sites have Historic Horse Racing (HHR) gaming machines. Legal skill-based amusement machines exist at many retailers.
Wyoming have no theoretical payout limits. Annual return statistics for HHR gaming machines at racetracks and their OTB sites are publicly available.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Wyoming*
The minimum legal gambling age in Wyoming depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 18
- Retailers with amusement machines: 21
- Poker Rooms: 18
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 21
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
In 2013, the state legislature allowed off-track betting facilities to offer Historical Horse Racing (HHR) games, returning pari-mutuel wagering to once again being a year-round activity. HHR machines have boosted gaming revenue for both the state and local economies.
In Wyoming, the maximum bet is $25. Skill-based amusement machines have a maximum bet of $3 and a maximum payout of $3,000 per play. Retailers can have up to four amusement machines.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Wyoming
It is legal to own a slot machine privately in Wyoming if it is 25 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in Wyoming
Tribal-state gaming compacts provide gaming regulations for Class III games-of-chance slot machines at Wyoming’s tribal casinos. The IGRA federal law allows Wyoming’s tribal casinos to also offer Class II, games-of-skill, competition-style gaming machines.
Signed into law by the Governor on March 17, 2020, the Wyoming state legislature created the Wyoming Gaming Commission with House Bill 171 Enrolled Act 95. This commission replaces the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission with additional gaming regulatory responsibilities.
The Gaming Commission regulates pari-mutuel events, HHR machines, bingo, pull tabs, calcutta, and skill-based amusement games. The Commission also enforces Wyoming’s gambling statutes.
Previously, Wyoming had over 400 illegal, non-tribal gaming machines at bars, gas stations, truck stops, and other small businesses. This new commission now requires these retailers to have a gaming license and applies income taxes for these amusement machines.
Wyoming also has a state lottery commission, the Wyoming Lottery.
Casinos in Wyoming
There are four American Indian tribal casinos in Wyoming. In addition, there are:
- 313 retailers with skill-based amusement gaming machines.
- Numerous bingo halls with Class II bingo-style gaming machines.
- 1025 HHR machines at pari-mutuel racetracks and OTB sites.
The largest casino in Wyoming is Wind River Hotel & Casino with 800 gaming machines.
The second-largest casino is Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel with 400 gaming machines.
Commercial Casinos in Wyoming
Legal amusement gaming machines are now available at over 300 Operators and Establishments.
Tribal Casinos in Wyoming
The four tribal casinos in Wyoming are:
- Smoke Shop and Casino 789 in Riverton, 125 miles west of Casper.
- Little Wind Casino in Arapahoe, 140 miles west of Casper.
- Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel in Lander, 140 miles west of Casper.
- Wind River Hotel & Casino in Riverton, 125 miles west of Casper.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Wyoming slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Wyoming is:
- North: Montana Slots
- East: Nebraska Slots and South Dakota Slots
- South: Colorado Slots and Utah Slots
- West: Idaho Slots and Utah Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Wyoming.
Our Wyoming Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Wyoming? If so, join our Wyoming slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in Wyoming. Join us!
Payout Returns in Wyoming
Neither Wyoming nor its tribal-state gaming compacts have set theoretical payout limits for any form of gambling.
Further, there are no return statistics publicly available for gaming machines at tribal casinos or amusement machine retailers.
However, HHR machines at pari-mutuel racetracks and OTB sites have return statistics reported to the state.
For 2019, the player win% for HHR machines in Wyoming were:
- Wyoming Horse Racing racetrack and its eight OTBs: 92.16%
- Wyoming Downs racetrack and its nine OTBs: 92.44%
- State-wide HHRs: 92.31%
Summary of Wyoming Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Wyoming slot machine casino gambling consists of four tribal casinos with Class III Vegas-style slot machines as well as Class II competition-style electronic games. More Class II bingo-style machines are available at Wyoming’s popular bingo halls.
Pari-mutuel facilities offer HHR machines. Further, Wyoming has updated its gaming regulations to include formerly illegal amusement machines at many retailers.
No theoretical payout limits exist in Wyoming. However, HHR machines have annual return statistics.
Annual Progress in Wyoming Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Further, the state legislature created the Wyoming Gaming Commission from what was once the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission, now with the added responsibility of regulation and enforcement of gaming laws at formerly illegal skill-based amusement machines at many retailers.
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