Updated: Aug 3rd, 2020

Wisconsin Gambling

Updated: Aug 3rd, 2020

Online gambling isn't legal in Wisconsin - and in-person gambling leaves much to be desired - but the Badger State does have a few live betting options.

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Online Casino Gambling in Wisconsin

Social Casino Offers Only Available

Wisconsin online casinos don’t exist. Because the state has only legislated for tribal casinos at this time, carving out an exemption for commercial operators through the internet will be tough. However, should the law change and commercial venues be given the same rights as tribes, it’s likely online casinos for real money in Wisconsin could emerge, though that could be years away.

Social casinos are completely legal, though, and available on the internet or as an app and feature all the popular casino games, including slots, blackjack, video poker and roulette. It is free to play. While you cannot win money playing games at social casinos, the sites like Chumba casino typically offer sweepstakes (games of chance) with prizes that can include real money jackpots.

Wisconsin Daily Fantasy

Offers Available

Wisconis lawmakers have considered daily fantasy legislation but have not taken action to formally legalize it. However, DFS is not illegal in the site, and leading providers like DraftKings and FanDuel operate in the market. Players can enjoy these games without hindrance or repercussion.

Wisconsin Poker Online

Not Legal

As with casino gaming, online poker in Wisconsin is illegal. Fans of the game are currently permitted to play only inside the state’s 22 tribal casinos. This means Wisconsin online poker sites are something lobbyists are going to have to fight for.

Sports Betting in Wisconsin

Not Legal

Technically, Wisconsin sports betting was given the green light in 1987 with the advent of pari-mutuel betting on horse racing. But now even the horse racing industry is gone in Wisconsin, and state residents don’t have the option to wager on things such as football, baseball and basketball. In effect, all sports betting in Wisconsin (in any form) is currently outlawed.

However, for sports fans, the 2018 repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) could offer a glimmer of hope. As states like New Jersey and Delaware start to offer legal sports betting, and several Midwestern states consider it, Wisconsin could follow. Indeed, if the horse racing industry and other gambling stakeholders gets behind calls for change, legal sports betting in Wisconsin could take off.

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Timeline of Gambling Legislation in Wisconsin

1993
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A constitutional amendment clearing up the state’s gambling laws was ratified. Under the clarification, it was expressly written that all forms of gambling, except bingo, raffles, pari-mutuel betting and lotteries were illegal. For Wisconsin online gambling to become a reality, an amendment to this law will need to be made.

1988
2 of 6

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, 25 U.S.C. sec. 2701 (Act) is passed at the federal level. This allowed Native American tribes across the US to negotiate their own casino laws outside of a state’s constitution. As a result, casino licenses were given to 11 tribes and bands. The initial agreement allowed for construction to take place in 23 locations. Today, there are 22 tribal casinos in Wisconsin offering slots, table games and poker.

1987
3 of 6

Perhaps the most significant turning point in Wisconsin’s gambling history came in 1987. In light of successful amendments to the state’s bingo and raffle laws, the lawmakers gave the green light to lottery operators. At the same time this happened, legislators also authorized pari-mutuel betting at privately owned horse racing tracks.

1977
4 of 6

After allowing bingo, state lawmakers decided to authorize raffles.

1973
5 of 6

A second amendment was passed, this time allowing residents to play bingo games for money.

1965
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An amendment was made that gave the legislature power to create an exception that allowed residents to take part in promotional contests.

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