Wisconsin Sports Betting

Legal online sports betting and sportsbook apps in the Badger State

Wisconsin is a state rooted in its ways with a bit of a conservative streak. It’s a state that is not high on gambling, sports betting included.

The state does have 11 Native American tribes that operate 27 gambling locations, but there hasn’t been much appetite to legalize sports betting since the fall of PASPA in 2018.

The bright side is that there is a state lottery, which could provide an avenue for legalization down the road.

Which online sportsbooks will launch in Wisconsin first?

It’s difficult to determine which online sportsbooks will launch in Wisconsin, given that sports betting is still illegal. However, we can provide a best guess by looking at nearby states and other jurisdictions across the country that have sportsbooks.

We can build a list of potential online operators just by looking at other states like IllinoisNew Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Some names you would be most likely to see launch are:

These are some (but not all) of the potential online sportsbooks that could show up in the Badger State once a bill is passed.

How online sports betting would work in Wisconsin

Online sports betting tends to work the same in every state. Odds are, when it arrives in Wisconsin, it will function as it does in other states where it’s legal.

Geolocation will ensure sports betting will only work if you are within state borders. So the minute you leave Wisconsin, you will no longer be able to place bets.

Depending on the type of legislation passed, there will be two ways to activate an online account.

  • Traditional — in-person sign-up: Customers sign up at a physical location like a casino.
  • Preferred — remote registration: Customers download an app or use a desktop computer to sign up anywhere in the state.

Wisconsin is home to several tribal casinos, so it’s highly unlikely in-person registration will be the method. Most state gambling control boards do not have authority over tribal facilities; therefore there is no way to enforce an in-person sign-up method.

Downloading a sports betting app

Once online sports betting is legal, the first thing to do is to follow one of our links to the sportsbook you’re interested in. There should be buttons for both iOS (Apple) and Android users.

  • For iPhone users, download the app through the usual process to get started. Make sure to double-check whether there is an app specific to residents of Wisconsin on your sportsbook of choice.
  • Android users need to set their phones to allow installations from other sources, then visit the site through their browsers (Chrome) to get the download started.

Registering for a new account and depositing money

You will need to provide some information to activate your account; this goes for in-person and remote registration. Various bits of personal information will be required in order to generate your new sports betting account. Be sure to have a username and password picked out, as well.

Information you may have to provide includes:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Cell phone number
  • Address
  • Social Security number (or last four digits)

There may be an optional box for a bonus code somewhere in the registration area. If our link indicates that there is a code, make sure to enter it here.

Once you sign up and have an active account, you will be able to transfer funds in and out of your account to place bets. Some operators might try to get you to do this immediately after registering, but don’t proceed until you are comfortable doing so.

There are a variety of options for transferring and withdrawing money online.

Some of the options to fund and withdraw from your account include:

  • Credit or debit cards 
  • Online bank transfers 
  • Wire transfers
  • Electronic checks 
  • Prepaid cards 
  • Electronic wallets 
  • Cash at the cage of a partner land-based casino
  • Checks or money orders

Not all sportsbooks will have all of these options. Furthermore, the options at a particular site can change as it negotiates new deals with vendors.

Retail sports betting in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has zero commercial casinos. However, it does have 11 Native American tribes that operate 27 gambling locations spread across the state. Due to this, should retail sports betting be legalized, it will operate at tribal facilities.

 There is a possibility, and it has been done before, that operators like DraftKings, FanDuel and William Hill could partner with these casinos in order to launch in the state.

But just because there is a gambling facility does not mean there will automatically be sports betting. That decision will be left up to each individual tribe and how the law is written.

Betting on pro, collegiate teams in Wisconsin

The only major sport missing in Wisconsin, surprisingly, is hockey. The state does have major franchises for MLB, NBA and NFL. Additionally, the state is home to 30 colleges of various divisions, most notably the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University.

Once sports betting is legalized, customers will have a number of local teams to place wagers on.

  • Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
  • Green Bay Packers (NFL)
  • Wisconsin Badgers (Big 10)
  • Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East)

Depending on how lawmakers structure a bill, betting on collegiate sports may or may not be available. In states like New Jersey, it’s illegal to wager on in-state schools.

What can you bet on at future Wisconsin sportsbooks?

Odds are, traditional bets like single-match outcomes, parlays and professional props will be available at WI sportsbooks.

Here is a brief list of traditional bets expected to be available in Wisconsin one day.

Background on Wisconsin sports betting laws

At the moment, there are no official laws to govern sports betting in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Sports Betting FAQ

Is online sports betting legal in Wisconsin?

Sports betting in any form, including online sports betting, is prohibited in Wisconsin. Until lawmakers have the desire to discuss and pass a bill, it will remain that way.

When will Wisconsin get sports betting?

Unfortunately, there is no way to determine when Wisconsin will have legal sports betting. At the moment, it does not appear to be anytime soon.

Is daily fantasy sports legal in Wisconsin?

DFS is not legal in Wisconsin. However, fantasy sports isn’t technically on the books either. This means residents in the state can still participate in DFS contests and tournaments. This includes games from big operators like DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo.

Can I bet with an offshore account?

It’s never a good idea to bet with an offshore account. Betting offshore provides zero consumer protections. If your account was suddenly deactivated and your money lost, you have no legal recourse for getting it back.

Can I bet on Wisconsin sports teams?

When the day comes that sports betting is legal in the state, yes, you will be able to bet on Wisconsin teams.

The list includes:

  • Green Bay Packers (NFL)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
  • Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
  • Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA)
  • Marquette Golden Eagles (NCAA)

The state also has 30 colleges that compete at the DI, DII and DIII levels.