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Wisconsin Online Sports Betting Laws

With several high-profile pro teams in the state – including the new NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks – Wisconsin is a state with avid sports fans. Until recently it looked like there was little prospect of Wisconsin sports betting commencing in the near future. That changed in July 2021, when Governor Tony Evers reached a deal with the Oneida Nation that would allow wagering on sporting events at the tribe’s casino and other tribal facilities, including mobile wagering available at select Oneida-owned properties.

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Jennifer Gaynor

Administrative law and government relations attorney

Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.

She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020), and That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020).

Is Sports Betting Legal in Wisconsin?

No, there is no legal Wisconsin sports betting – yet. However, if the recent agreement between the state and the Oneida Nation is approved by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, that could change soon.

Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Wisconsin?

A recent deal with the Oneida Nation will allow mobile sports betting to the Badger State, however wagers will only be allowed to be placed when on tribal land.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Approves Sports Betting in a Historic Deal with the Oneida Nation

Since May 2018, when the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), states have been free to legalize sports betting if they wish. However, until recently, Wisconsin has been resolutely opposed to such a notion.

Almost six million people live in the Badger State, and they have plenty of great sport on their doorsteps. Wisconsin is home to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers in the MLB and, in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks, who just won their first NBA championship since 1971.

This makes Wisconsin a natural fit for sports wagering offerings. Now, a recently signed agreement between the state and the Oneida Nation proposes to allow wagering on sporting events at the tribe’s casino and other tribal facilities. The Oneida Casino will be the only casino in Wisconsin to offer sports betting, which the Oneida hope to launch in time for the start of football season. The state has said it is open to reach similar agreements with other Wisconsin tribes, so there could be additional tribal casino locations added later.

The deal would allow wagering on professional sporting events, professional sports drafts and nationally televised award shows, but would not permit bets to be placed on college sports, political elections, or events involving participants under the age of 19.

The proposed revised compact authorizes betting on sports for the first time in Wisconsin, making this an historic moment. The revised compact is now under review with the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Daily Fantasy Sports Wisconsin

Wisconsin is one of many states where Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) exists in a legal gray area. It has never been legalized – but at the same time it has never been explicitly banned.

As a result, people in Wisconsin are free to take advantage of games offered by the major DFS operators such as DraftKings and FanDuel.

The Green Bay Packers enjoy huge support in Wisconsin – football is obviously a hugely popular sport for gambling of all kinds across the US. Elsewhere, the Milwaukee Brewers keep baseball’s profile high and basketball fans can root for the current NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks.

With several state athletic programs featuring in Division I of the NCAA as well, there are plenty of local options when DFS fans are making their selections.

Most Popular Sports in Wisconsin

Nearly six million people live in the state – and there are plenty of excellent top-level sports for Wisconsin fans to wager on. Wisconsin is home to three teams in the big four who attract terrific local support and interest.

Football

The Green Bay Packers are an important part of the fabric of Wisconsin life. They are one of the oldest NFL teams, and the last “small-town” outfit left in the league. With four Super Bowl titles, the most recent in 2010, they inspire lifelong loyalty among supporters in the state and beyond.

Responsible Gaming in Wisconsin

Even though there is no such thing as legal Wisconsin sports betting, there are several agencies offering help and support to encourage responsible gambling.

However people choose to gamble, it is reassuring to know the cause of doing so responsibly is backed up by a variety of bodies:

Timeline of Sports Betting in Wisconsin

2018

PASPA is struck down by the US Supreme Court, allowing states to legalize sports betting if they wish.

2021

Wisconsin reaches an agreement with the Oneida Nation that would authorize Wisconsin sports betting at the Oneida Casino and other tribal properties.

Where Can You Bet in Wisconsin?

If their Wisconsin gaming compact amendment is approved by the Federal Government, the Oneida Nation aims to commence sports betting in its main casino this fall and will include retail kiosks and mobile wagering at select locations. It may also offer mobile sports wagering, but all wagers would be required to be placed on tribal lands.

The first wagers will be authorized only at the Oneida Casino, but as agreements are reached with other Wisconsin tribes, the list of sports betting retail locations could grow. A list of the state’s tribal casinos can be found here.

CasinoAddress
Bad River Lodge Casino73370 US-2, Ashland, WI 54806
Grindstone Creek Casino13394 W Trepania Rd, Hayward, WI 54843
Ho Chunk Gaming - Black River FallsW9010 WI-54, Black River Falls, WI 54615
Ho Chunk Gaming - Madison4002 Evan Acres Rd, Madison, WI 53718
Ho Chunk Gaming - Nekoosa949 County Rd G, Nekoosa, WI 54457
Ho Chunk Gaming - Tomah27867 WI-21, Tomah, WI 54660
Ho Chunk Gaming - Wisconsin DellsS3214 County Hwy BD, Baraboo, WI 53913
Ho Chunk Gaming - WittenbergN7198 US-45, Wittenberg, WI 54499,
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino510 Old Abe Rd, Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538
LCO Casino, Lodge & Convention Center13767 W County Road B, Hayward, WI 54843
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino37600 Onigamiing Dr, Bayfield, WI 54814
Menominee Casino ResortN277 WI-47, Keshena, WI 54135
Mole Lake Casino & Lodge3084 WI-55, Crandon, WI 54520
North Star Mohican CasinoW12180 Co Rd A, Bowler, WI 54416,
Oneida Bingo & Casino2020 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313
Oneida Casino - Mason Street2522 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54303
Oneida Casino Travel Center5939 Old 29 Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313
Oneida One-Stop Packerland3120 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313
Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel618 WI-32, Wabeno, WI 54566
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
St. Croix Casino Danbury30222 WI-35 #77, Danbury, WI 54830
St. Croix Casino Hertel Express4348 WI-70, Webster, WI 54893
St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake777 US-8, Turtle Lake, WI 54889

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