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Wisconsin Sports Betting – Is Sports Betting Legal In WI?

Wisconsin is a bit unique when it comes to sports betting, as the only legal way to bet on sports is at one of the state’s in-person sportsbooks or via one of the state’s unique in-person sports betting apps.

The state’s retail sportsbooks are all run through Native American tribal casinos:

  • Forest County Potawatomi: two casinos
  • St. Croix Chippewa Indians: three casinos
  • The Oneida Tribe: two casinos

That said, there are several DFS sites available in the state for daily fantasy sports players.

Here’s a look at how sports betting works in the state.

Wisconsin Sports Betting Sites

There is one mobile sports betting site in Wisconsin, and it’s only available in specific circumstances. That app is run by the Oneida Tribe and can only be used when you’re located on reservation lands (which includes their two casinos) or at one of their truck stops in the Green Bay area.

This map shows all the locations where mobile sports betting is allowed.

To sign up for the sports betting app, follow these instructions:

  • Download the Oneida Tribe’s mobile app.
  • Join the casino’s Players Club by visiting either of their casinos or truck stop locations.
  • Visit a sportsbook cashier and activate your account at either of their casinos using photo identification.
  • From there, you can deposit cash into your account at either of the casinos. Your winnings can also only be withdrawn in person at either casino.

Outside of that, the only other way to bet on sports in the state is by visiting a brick-and-mortar sportsbook.

Legal Sports Betting Age

If you’re 18 or older, you can play bingo, raffles, off-track betting and the lottery in Wisconsin. However, you need to be at least 21 years old to gamble and bet on sports at a tribal casino.

That also means you need to be at least 21 to download and bet on the Oneida Tribe’s mobile sports betting app. You won’t be able to sign up and create an account if you’re under the age of 21.

Sportsbooks confirm your age by requiring your Social Security Number and date of birth when you register.

Professional Sports Teams in Wisconsin

There are three professional sports teams in Wisconsin.

  • Green Bay Packers

One of the most iconic teams in all of sports, the Packers are the NFL’s third-oldest team and the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the U.S. They have the most wins of any NFL franchise and have won four Super Bowls, including the first two ever played.

The Packers have played at the iconic Lambeau Field since 1957 and are rivals with the Chicago Bears. They’ve been blessed with great quarterback play lately from Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love.

  • Milwaukee Bucks

The most recent Wisconsin team to win a championship, the Bucks were founded as an NBA expansion team in 1968 and promptly won their first championship in 1971 after taking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the first overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft.

The Bucks faltered after losing Abdul-Jabbar in the mid-1970s but enjoyed a resurgence in the 2010s with Giannis Antetokounmpo. The two-time MVP led Milwaukee to its second title in 2021, helping the Bucks take down the Phoenix Suns in six games.

  • Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers were founded as the Seattle Pilots in 1969 before immediately relocating to Milwaukee the following year. They competed in the American League through 1997 before moving to the National League.

The Brewers lost their only World Series appearance in 1982, falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. They are one of only five teams that have never won a World Series.

College Teams in Wisconsin

There are four Division I programs in Wisconsin:

  • Green Bay Phoenix

The pride of the Horizon League, the Phoenix were two-time Division II runner-ups before moving to Division I in 1981. They’ve made the NCAA Tournament five times, with their lone NCAA Tournament win coming when they defeated California in 1994.

  • Marquette Golden Eagles

A Big East powerhouse, the Golden Eagles are the state’s only Power Five college and one of seven members of the original Big East. They’ve made three Final Fours, won their lone National Championship in 1977 and have retired 11 numbers.

They had a good deal of success in the 2000s under head coach Tom Crean, a trend that’s continued even after his departure in 2008.

  • Milwaukee Panthers

Another Horizon League team, the Panthers have made four NCAA Tournaments, all of which came after the school permanently moved to Division I in 2004. They made it to the Division II Elite Eight in 1989 and advanced to the Division I Sweet Sixteen in 2005.

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