The future of sports betting in Wyoming: Part 1
May 14th, 2018: A day that changed the world of sports.
Thats because the United States Supreme Court decided to legalize sports gambling across the county.
Wyoming House of Representatives speaker, Steve Harshman, said May 15th was an interesting day.
"After the Supreme Court legalized it across the country, our email blew up that next day but its a bigger issue here in Wyoming," said Harshman.
The state of Wyoming does allow many forms of legalized gambling including the lottery, pull tabs, bingo, horse racing and historic horse racing plus gambling that is done on the reservation.
"Well its not a new issue we've been looking at," said Harshman. "We have a subcommittee of our appropriations that whether Wyoming should have a gaming commission not so much for the regulations but to make sure the rules of the road are the same for one charitable group in the state to the other and to make sure everything is the way it should be on those kinda things."
Wyoming Horse Racing LLC handles the bets of historic and horse racing across the cowboy state. President Eugene Joyce thinks there is a possibility for his operation to expand.
"We are trying to figure out the best possible way to do this and we certainly have the infrastructure to do it with our OTBS," said Joyce.
"It's natural we have satellite dishes and TV's all over the place so you could watch what they are wagering on. We also have the betting terminals, and have the betting terminals to take wagers on if its something that the state wants to do."
According to Joyce, Wyoming Horse Racing LLC has pumped five million dollars a year into the cities they operate in and horse racing is not the only sports venture to get involved in gambling, as the NBA and NHL have signed deals to help with MGM casinos.
"The moment the Supreme Court ruled that sports betting was going to be legal, subject to state regulation, we decided that we need to evolve with the times and we needed to get in front of this and be proactive in terms of developing important partnerships like this one," said Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the NHL.