Wisconsin Sports Betting in 2021

Badger State bettors received a measure of good news in July 2021. In a surprising turn of events, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced changes to the state’s gaming compact with the Oneida Nation. The modifications allow the Oneida to offer sports betting at their affiliated gaming properties.

Wisconsin lawmakers are eager to see the state get its share of the sports betting spoils from the robust U.S. betting market. Most notably since neighboring Illinois has recorded its first $5 billion in sports betting. 

We're following the latest developments and sharing updates on Wisconsin's path to legalization. 

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    Population: 5.9 million

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    Legal age for sports betting: 21

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Is sports betting legal in Wisconsin?

No. Legalized sports betting is not yet a viable option for Wisconsinites. However, recent revisions to the state's gaming compact with the Oneida Nation include provisions for event wagering on tribal lands.

What can you expect? Retail and mobile sports betting are on the state's docket, but legal sportsbook apps are still a few months away.

Our U.S. legal tracker includes the latest on each state's sports betting legalization progress.

Timeline of sports betting in Wisconsin

State leadership's willingness to amend existing gaming compacts demonstrates their eagerness to access the lucrative sports betting markets.

Entering into new gaming compacts with the remaining 10 Wisconsin Native American tribes is indeed on Gov. Evers' agenda. These movements signal expansion and the possibility for WI to launch legalized sports betting in 2021.

Keep track of milestones and notable events leading up to Wisconsin's sports betting legalization efforts:

  • May 2018: The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), enabling individual states to create their own sports betting rules and regulations.
  • Jan. 7, 2019: Governor Tony Evers assumes office in Wisconsin. Gov. Evers worked in office on a gaming compact that would allow the state to split sports betting revenue with tribes.
  • March 15, 2020: Nearby state, Michigan, launches in-person sports betting followed by online sports betting in January 2021. It continues to see a steady increase in revenue for 2021.
  • July 1, 2021:  Wisconsin legalizes in-person sports betting. Gov. Evers signs compact gaming agreements with all 11 federally recognized Tribes of Indians in Wisconsin.
  • July 13, 2021: The  Oneida Nation is the first Native American tribe in WI to announce that it will launch sports betting in fall 2021.

Online sports betting: Coming soon to Wisconsin

While no tentative go-to-market date is known, WI state lawmakers want to capitalize on the sports betting revenue-rich NFL season.

Details are murky; beyond the retail presence expected at tribal casinos, Wisconsin retail and mobile sports betting activities will likely be limited to tribal lands.

Who can bet on sports in Wisconsin?

The minimum gambling age for visitors to WI tribal casinos is 21 years old. With no official disclosure, it is expected that sports betting will get the same treatment.

Sports betting activities will be limited to tribal casinos, meaning you can download the apps anywhere in WI but can only place a wager on tribal lands at affiliated sports betting venues. 

Here's a list of what you need to know before placing your first sports wager in the Equality State.

21plus Legal age

21 will be the minimum gambling age for sports betting in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's legal gambling age is 18, but that applies to charitable games and the state lottery. Twenty-one is the minimum gambling age in Wisconsin tribal casinos, which means sports betting will get the same treatment.

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No legal retail sportsbooks currently operate in Wisconsin. However, the Oneida Nation will offer retail sports betting at its Green Bay casino.

21plus Mobile betting

Wisconsin will add mobile sports betting in some capacity. International Game Technology (IGT) will support the Oneida Nation's retail sports betting products at its Oneida Casino in Green Bay.

21plus Remote registration

Wisconsin may require bettors to register in person. Until the state fully discloses its sports betting intentions and puts legislation in place, it remains to be seen whether it will adopt remote registration.

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States with legal sports betting laws and regulations in place leverage geolocation software. This practice ensures that all WI online sports gambling activities take place within state lines.

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Wisconsin gambling winnings are taxable and must be reported on your income tax return. As such, any winnings from your respective sports betting activities will be treated similarly.

Crossing state lines: Nearby betting sites 2021

While Wisconsinites await the advent of legal sports betting, there are nearby neighborly options.

Illinois has recorded its first $5 billion in sports betting, while Iowa and Michigan have all launched legal online and in-person sports wagering, too.

The pros and cons of Wisconsin sports betting

Wisconsin's ongoing efforts to legalize sports betting are not in vain. State officials are beginning to renegotiate gaming pacts with tribal casinos.

Optimism for legal sports betting in 2021 still runs strong, but any movement before November is unlikely.

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  • Leaning towards a mix of retail and online betting
  • Continuous loss of tax revenue to border states will spur action
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  • No sports betting bills for review
  • Renegotiating gaming pacts could be difficult

How to start betting in Wisconsin

Wisconsin bettors may have to register in-person to wager on sports. Retail sportsbooks will be an opportunity for those looking to bet in person. Regardless, we expect in-state bettors to gain the ability to wager with sports betting mobile apps at some point.

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Select a sportsbook

Registering with a legal and state-regulated sportsbook is on the horizon. Until then, you can read our sportsbook reviews to learn about their various features and options.

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Register online

It remains to be seen whether WI sports bettors will have the ability to sign up with a sportsbook from their own home or elsewhere in the state, outside of a tribal casino.

Regardless, you must supply personal information to verify your identity and produce a driver’s license or SSN.

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Claim a bonus

Online sportsbooks consistently attract new players with promotions, bonuses, and perks.

Keep an eye out for risk-free bets, no-deposit bonuses, and deposit matches. The rub here is that the offers are occasionally too restrictive. Reading the fine print is your first line of defense.

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Deposit funds

Before placing any bets, you'll have to connect any newly created account with a valid payment method, like an electronic wallet or credit or debit card.

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Choose your bet types

Wisconsin sports bettors should gain access to these popular bet types: moneylines, Over/Unders (totals), point spreads, parlays, teasers, futures, and live bets.

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Start betting

Shopping the various betting lines is an excellent tool for your bankroll management strategy. Not all WI sportsbooks will post the same odds, meaning you can likely get a better deal elsewhere.

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Withdraw funds

Once you've narrowed down the field, read through the terms and conditions tied to withdrawing funds from the given sportsbook. Sometimes, these transactions could be immediate or take one to two days to process.

odds icon Reading the odds 

American odds are the default option used by operators across the U.S. The minus (-) and plus (+) signs indicate favorites and underdogs, respectively.

For favorites, the number you see informs you of the amount you would have to wager to win $100. -150 odds show you that a $150 bet would net you $100 in winnings.

Underdogs are treated differently, with the plus sign used to display the amount you would win for placing a $100 bet. As an example, +110 odds tell you a $100 stake would fetch $110 in profit.

Outside of North America, sportsbooks display odds as fractions and decimals. Our in-house odds converter lets you flip through all three types of betting odds.

 

What you can't bet on in Wisconsin

Wisconsinites cannot legally wager on sporting events yet. However, specific provisions are already in place.

We're monitoring all developments and keeping this section up-to-date as the news becomes available.

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No wagering on elections or political events will be allowed.

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Wagering on entertainment events in Wisconsin, like the annual Oscars, is not permitted.

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It remains to be seen whether any specific gaming laws will apply to regulating Wisconsin esports competitions. 

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Betting on Wisconsin's college teams will not be prohibited, but you will be able to wager on out-of-state college teams.

 

Home team advantage: Wisconsin sports

Despite the vague details of Wisconsin's legalization plans, the major sports will be represented on betting platforms. 

Sporting the home team's colors feels good —  we're looking at you Packers Cheeseheads —  but that personal emotion can hurt your bankroll. Brush up on the basics of sports betting with our how to guides.

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Other types of gambling

Despite its many tribal casinos, pari-mutuel wagering, and the state lottery, Wisconsin does not have a long history with legal sports betting.

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There are 26 casinos in Wisconsin, plus plans to build a new Ho-Chunk Nation casino in Beloit. Casino activity is relegated to in-person betting as mobile casino operators are prohibited.

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The state boasts four poker rooms in Greater Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Southern WI, and Northern Highland.

Horse and jockey Horse racing

Betting on horse racing is legal in Wisconsin. The absence of any permanent race tracks means that much of the betting action takes place online.

Wisconsin bettors can access horse races across the globe via online horse betting apps, including TVG, TwinSpires, and BetAmerica.

Horse and jockey Daily fantasy sports

No rules forbidding daily fantasy sports (DFS) exist in Wisconsin. Those in-state bettors can access sites like DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy Sports.

Responsible gaming in Wisconsin

Resources related to problem gambling are widely available in Wisconsin. Individuals can intentionally exclude themselves from all betting activity by joining Wisconsin's self-exclusion programs.

When sportsbooks launch in Wisconsin, players will gain access to tools designed to curb gambling activity. There are options to set deposit, wager, and loss limits.

Legal U.S. sports betting markets

Each U.S. state gained the ability to legalize and regulate sports betting in 2018. These states have already gone down that route: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming

Sportsbooks to avoid in Wisconsin

Wisconsin lacks legal and regulated sports betting outlets and online platforms. With legalization pending, we advise you to not risk your money and waste your time with unregulated sportsbooks that operate illegally.

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