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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling offers education, awareness and resources around problem gambling.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services carries extensive information including tips for gambling responsibly and insight into the signs of problem gambling.
Some of the current gambling outlets, such as the Potawatomi Casino, offer insight into how you can gamble responsibly.
The National Council on Problem Gambling collates the state resources but also offers its own practical assistance, including links to bodies like Gamblers Anonymous.
PASPA is struck down by the US Supreme Court, allowing states to legalize sports betting if they wish.
Wisconsin reaches an agreement with the Oneida Nation that would authorize Wisconsin sports betting at the Oneida Casino and other tribal properties.
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.
|Bad River Lodge Casino||73370 US-2, Ashland, WI 54806|
|Grindstone Creek Casino||13394 W Trepania Rd, Hayward, WI 54843|
|Ho Chunk Gaming - Black River Falls||W9010 WI-54, Black River Falls, WI 54615|
|Ho Chunk Gaming - Madison||4002 Evan Acres Rd, Madison, WI 53718|
|Ho Chunk Gaming - Nekoosa||949 County Rd G, Nekoosa, WI 54457|
|Ho Chunk Gaming - Tomah||27867 WI-21, Tomah, WI 54660|
|Ho Chunk Gaming - Wisconsin Dells||S3214 County Hwy BD, Baraboo, WI 53913|
|Ho Chunk Gaming - Wittenberg||N7198 US-45, Wittenberg, WI 54499,|
|Lake of the Torches Resort Casino||510 Old Abe Rd, Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538|
|LCO Casino, Lodge & Convention Center||13767 W County Road B, Hayward, WI 54843|
|Legendary Waters Resort & Casino||37600 Onigamiing Dr, Bayfield, WI 54814|
|Menominee Casino Resort||N277 WI-47, Keshena, WI 54135|
|Mole Lake Casino & Lodge||3084 WI-55, Crandon, WI 54520|
|North Star Mohican Casino||W12180 Co Rd A, Bowler, WI 54416,|
|Oneida Bingo & Casino||2020 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313|
|Oneida Casino - Mason Street||2522 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54303|
|Oneida Casino Travel Center||5939 Old 29 Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313|
|Oneida One-Stop Packerland||3120 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313|
|Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel||618 WI-32, Wabeno, WI 54566|
|Potawatomi Hotel & Casino||1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233|
|St. Croix Casino Danbury||30222 WI-35 #77, Danbury, WI 54830|
|St. Croix Casino Hertel Express||4348 WI-70, Webster, WI 54893|
|St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake||777 US-8, Turtle Lake, WI 54889|
No, there are no legal online Wisconsin betting sites and sports fans currently have no way of wagering legally in the Badger State. This situation looks unlikely to change any time soon, with the revised agreement with the Oneida Nation including only retail sports wagering and mobile sports betting only for individuals physically located on Oneida tribal lands.
Sports bettors are expected to be able to place wagers in Wisconsin by this fall, under the recent agreement between the state and the Oneida Nation.
No. There are no legal Wisconsin betting sites. Some offshore operators offer Wisconsin online betting services, but you should exercise caution when playing with unlicensed sportsbooks. In the event of a dispute, you have no legal recourse and could lose your money.
FanDuel is one of the leading providers of Daily Fantasy Sports. Although DFS has not been specifically declared legal and is not licensed and regulated in the state, nor has it been specifically declared to be illegal gambling. Thus, FanDuel offers DFS games to people in Wisconsin, although with no online sports wagering, it is not allowed to bring its sportsbook services to customers in the Badger State.