WYOMING \u2013 Attorney General Peter K. Michael today issued a formal opinion on the legality of the \u201cWyoming Skill Games,\u201d calling them illegal gambling devices and the people playing them are committing a crime.\r\n\r\nVideo games of skill\u2014especially those from a certain manufacturer\u2014have become increasingly popular in businesses throughout Wyoming.\r\n\r\n\u201cAt the request of law enforcement officials, I was asked to evaluate whether the electronic games manufactured by Banilla Games are illegal under Wyoming law,\u201d Michael said. \u201cWith the cooperation of the device distributors, I have examined how they operate. These machines are illegal gambling devices under Wyoming law. Those who play them are engaged in gambling, which is a crime in Wyoming. Those who provide the games are engaged in professional gambling, which is also a crime in Wyoming.\u201d\r\n\r\nIt is unlikely law enforcement throughout the state will begin immediately cracking down, but will probably give establishments hosting the machines a chance to comply and have them removed.\r\n\r\n\u201cBecause gambling in Wyoming is a crime, not a civil violation, local law enforcement officials and prosecutors will need to determine the timing of the appropriate next steps if their communities have these machines,\u201d Michael added.\r\n\r\nThe Attorney General\u2019s opinion does not address the lawfulness of the \u201chistoric horse racing\u201d terminals at certain pari-mutuel off-track betting locations in Wyoming. These terminals are permitted under separate Wyoming statutes. Similarly, the Attorney General\u2019s opinion does not affect tribal gaming operations conducted on the Wind River Indian Reservation by the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho tribes.