The Northern Arapaho Business Council is pleased to announce the Tribe has begun taking formal steps to enable sports betting at the Wind River Hotel & Casino and other Tribal gaming establishments, according to a press release shared today, October 14th.
“With the addition of well-regulated sports betting, our Northern Arapaho Tribe has an important opportunity to enhance the gaming experience at our facilities while generating increased revenue to help fund vital programs and services for the Arapaho people,” the NABC said in a statement. “Tribal gaming officials and the Northern Arapaho Gaming Agency are currently taking the appropriate steps to allow wagers on sporting events, an amenity we are excited to make available to patrons of the Wind River Hotel & Casino and our other Tribal gaming establishments.”
In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited sports betting outside of Nevada. Already, 22 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized wagers on sporting events in order to tap into the multibillion-dollar sports betting industry. The Northern Arapaho Tribe conducts gaming under authorization of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and does not require state approval for sports betting.
Northern Arapaho gaming officials are in the process of drafting regulations to accompany sports betting. Brian Van Enkenvoort, CEO of the Wind River Hotel & Casino and its related enterprises, said sports betting will help Tribal gaming establishments fulfill their mission to create much-needed jobs and fund vital services for Tribal Members.
”Well-regulated sports betting is an excellent way to make the gaming experience even better for our customers at the Wind River Hotel & Casino and each of our gaming establishments,” said Van Enkenvoort. “This is truly an amenity that sports fans can’t find anyplace else in Wyoming.”