Sports betting is legal in Wisconsin but is currently limited to a handful of retail sportsbooks at the state’s tribal casinos.
While mobile sports betting has been legalized in several states around the country, Wisconsin legislators have yet to introduce any bills to legalize online sports betting in the state. It’s unlikely residents will be able to bet online at any point in the near future.
Here’s what you need to know about online sports betting in Wisconsin.
Details About Sports Betting in Wisconsin
- Sports betting is legal in Wisconsin but limited to a few retail sportsbooks at a selection of the state’s tribal casinos and one betting app that can only be used on-site at Oneida Casino.
- There are a total of 27 gaming facilities in Wisconsin operated by 11 Native American tribes. While sports betting is currently only available at a handful of these locations, other tribes in the state are interested in offering sports betting. More retail sportsbooks are on the way as the state has agreed to let other tribes open their own retail betting locations.
- The Wisconsin Legislature has not introduced any bills intended to legalize mobile or online sports betting, making it uncertain when online sports betting might launch in the state. It’s unlikely residents will have access to any online betting options in the near future.
- There are several offshore sportsbooks that claim to operate legally in Wisconsin; however, residents should avoid these sportsbooks as they are not licensed to operate in the state, leaving users vulnerable to scams and fraud.
Recent Sports Betting News in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin sports betting industry is small compared to other states with legal sports betting. With only a few retail sportsbooks and one mobile betting app available on-site at Oneida Casino, Wisconsin residents have limited access to sports betting. While many states throughout the U.S. continue to legalize online sports betting, Wisconsin lawmakers have yet to introduce legislation to do so. For the time being, residents will have to visit the state’s tribal casinos to bet on sports.
With that in mind, here are some of the most recent updates regarding the Wisconsin sports betting industry:
- June 11, 2022: Horse racing fans in Wisconsin gear up to bet on Belmont Stakes 2022 as the 154th Run for the Carnations is set to take place.
- April 18, 2022: St. Croix Casinos launches Wisconsin’s second and third retail sportsbooks. These sportsbooks are located at Turtle Lake and Danbury.
- Feb. 21, 2022: Oneida Casino launches the Oneida Casino Sportsbook app, making it the first and only mobile sports betting app available in the state. However, bettors can only use the app at the Oneida Casino or a handful of other select gaming locations.
- Feb. 14, 2022: While mobile sports betting isn’t legal in Wisconsin, Betway partners with the Milwaukee Bucks as the team’s official gaming partner.
- Dec. 20, 2021: Gov. Tony Evers signs a gaming compact with the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, allowing the tribe to offer sports betting on-site at its casinos in the state.
- Nov. 30, 2021: After many delays, Oneida Nation opens Wisconsin’s first retail sportsbook at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay.
- Sept. 2, 2021: IGT announces it will expand to Wisconsin as its PlaySports platform will power sports betting at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay.
Online Sports Betting Apps Available in Wisconsin
Mobile sports betting technically isn’t legal in Wisconsin. However, Oneida Casino was able to launch its own sportsbook app for bettors to use while on-site at a selection of Oneida Casino and Oneida Nation locations, including IMAC casino, W. Mason casino, Highway 54 One Stop, and more. Users have to activate their accounts and deposit funds in person at Oneida’s Main-Airport casino.
|Sportsbook||Partner||Tech Supplier||Venue||Launch Date|
|Oneida Casino Sportsbook||Oneida Nation of Wisconsin||IGT||Oneida Casino||Feb. 24, 2022|
Are Daily Fantasy Sports Apps Legal in Wisconsin?
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests let users build fantasy sports teams to compete against other users in daily or weekly contests for cash and other prizes. Like traditional fantasy sports contests, DFS contests require sports knowledge to be successful. As such, some states view them as games of skill, while others still consider them gambling.
In Wisconsin, DFS apps operate in a legal gray area. They aren’t illegal, but the state hasn’t introduced legislation to legalize and regulate them, either. This means residents can participate in DFS contests, and many popular DFS apps, including DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo, operate in the state.
DFS apps may officially be legalized in the future, as Wisconsin legislators have introduced several bills to legalize and regulate these apps. However, none of these bills have been successful so far.
How to Place Responsible Sports Bets in Wisconsin
If you are 21 or older, you can bet on sports by visiting one of the retail sportsbooks at a selection of Wisconsin’s tribal casinos. You can also use the Oneida Casino Sportsbook app to bet at Oneida Casino.
Those who want to bet on sports should follow responsible gambling practices to reduce their chances of developing a problematic gambling habit.
To bet on sports responsibly, make sure to keep these responsible gambling practices in mind:
- Only bet at legal sports betting locations, and avoid using any offshore apps that claim to operate legally in Wisconsin, as they may leave you vulnerable to fraud and scams
- Never bet on sports while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Never chase losses
- Set a strict gambling budget to avoid overspending
- Take breaks from sports betting or quit altogether if it’s starting to impact other aspects of your life
Problem gambling is a serious issue that can impact anybody. If you believe you may be addicted to gambling, contact the National Council on Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 for assistance.
Wisconsin Sports Betting FAQs
|Is online sports betting legal?||No|
|Is mobile sports betting legal?||No|
|Is betting legal at retail locations?||Yes|
|Minimum legal gambling age||21|
Editor’s Note: Information accurate as of June 2022.
How old do I have to be to bet online in Wisconsin?
You have to be 21 or older to bet on sports in Wisconsin. If mobile sports betting is legalized, you will have to be 21 or older to bet online as well.
Do you need to be a resident of Wisconsin to place bets online?
No, you will not need to be a resident of Wisconsin if online sports betting is introduced. But you will need to be located within state lines and verify your location when placing bets.
Who regulates the online sportsbooks in Wisconsin?
The Wisconsin Gaming Commission regulates sports betting in Wisconsin and will likely be responsible for regulating online sportsbooks as well, if online sports betting is legalized.
Is it safe to use online sportsbooks apps in Wisconsin?
No, it is not safe to use online sportsbook apps in Wisconsin because mobile sports betting has not yet been legalized in the state. Bettors should avoid using any offshore sportsbooks that claim to operate legally in Wisconsin.