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Wisconsin Sports Betting

Updated: April 23, 2021

Sports betting has not been legalized in Wisconsin yet. Wisconsin is a state whose laws explicitly forbid sports gambling, and any deviation from this would mean the laws would need to be repealed or amended.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned on May 14, 2018. Courts voted to allow each state to propose and create their own laws and regulations for sports betting. However, Wisconsin has since not taken any steps to do so.

The Badger State may have no signs of sports betting insight, but they do offer 27 gaming locations owned and operated by the state’s 11 tribes. Here, gamblers can play slots, poker, and various table games. While horse racing is legal in Wisconsin, there are currently no race tracks in the state.

Residents, especially those in the south of the state, can cross state lines into Iowa or Illinois to legally bet on sports. In the north, Michigan also offers legal sports betting.

When Will Sports Betting Be Legal in Wisconsin?

There has been little progress or discussion regarding legalizing sports betting in Wisconsin. No bills have been introduced on the topic in either 2019 or 2020, meaning any progress is likely a long ways away. Wisconsin gambling laws name sports betting directly as an activity that is prohibited.

In fact, even past efforts such as Assembly Bill 800 which attempted to legalize daily fantasy sports games have failed to pass through the legislature. While DFS sites are not technically legal, they are also not illegal. Many DFS sites accept customers from Wisconsin.

Taking all this into account it’s near impossible to put a timeframe on when Wisconsinites can expect to be able to place a legal sports bet in their state.

Wisconsin Sports Betting FAQs

Is sports betting legal in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, sports betting is not legal and there is currently no legislation to legalize it in the state.

Does Wisconsin have any professional sports teams?

Wisconsin is home to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA, Milwaukee Brewers in MLB, and Green Bay Packers in the NFL.

Who owns the Green Bay Packers?

Unlike your typical ownership where one person or family owns a major sports team, the Green Bay Packers in the NFL are owned by over 350,000 fans as a publicly-owned entity.