Wyoming Commission Approves PointsBet For License To Operate Online Sportsbook

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The Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission, which regulates sports betting in the state, on Thursday approved PointsBet to operate as its fourth licensed online sportsbook operator.

The seven commissioners in attendance for the meeting, which was conducted via an online video conference, voted unanimously to approve the PointsBet license.

PointsBet joins FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetMGM as the licensed online operators in Wyoming, although FanDuel has not launched since its approval in December.

DraftKings and BetMGM began to operate in September, the first month legal online sports betting was permitted in the state, according to David Carpenter, the project manager for online sports betting and skill games at the Wyoming commission.

PointsBet’s timeline uncertain

It is unclear when PointsBet will launch in Wyoming. A spokesman for PointsBet acknowledged the license approval but did not provide a target date for launch. Carpenter said he expected PointsBet’s launch to be “soon” but not immediately.

“I don’t expect it to be a DraftKings situation, where, by the time I walked out of that conference room [for the commission meeting], it was already on,” Carpenter said. “I expect it pretty soon, but I don’t know if they’re going to make it for the Super Bowl.”

PointsBet currently operates online sportsbooks in nine states — Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Jeremy Balan has been a journalist, editor, and sports writer since 2007. After years covering prep, college, and pro sports for online and print media, he focused on turf writing at BloodHorse from 2015-2019 and won an Eclipse Award for his coverage of the devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center. Contact Jeremy on Twitter (@jeremybalan) or through email at jbalan@bettercollective.com.

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