Wisconsin is known as being the Dairyland of America. Here, they have many dairies which provide the state and other regions with our must-needed dairy products. Wisconsin is also home to around five million residents and is on the larger side of the scale in terms of population as it is ranked 23rd. When looking at Wisconsin in terms of area, you have more than 65,000 square miles of land, so it is on the larger side as far as area is concerned too.
The people of Wisconsin are down-to-earth, mostly blue-collar, as also indicated by the names of their sports teams: their biggest baseball team is the Milwaukee Brewers, while their only NFL team is the Packers, named after a meat packing company.
This straight-forward attitude is also reflected in gambling, in the sense that several gaming options are available under the existing legislation, even if mostly on tribal lands.
Types of Gambling Found in Wisconsin
Wisconsin offers more than just dairy and beauty, the state actually allows their residents to participate in several different types of gambling from home and throughout the state. Players from within this state will have the lottery, and this gaming style is open to players who are 18 and over. Some of the games that are available from the lottery are Mega Millions, Badger 5, Pick 4, Scratchers, Pull Tabs, Powerball, Super Cash and others!
There are several different casinos within the state which allow players to come in and gamble at 18 those casino titles include; LCO Casino, Menominee, Mole Lake, North Star Mohican Casino, Oneida Casino, Bad River Lodge Casino and various Ho-Chunk Gaming casinos too.
Wisconsin followed the legalization path that most states did. The first steps into gambling were done in racing: horses, cars or dogs, but way back in 1897 a law made wagering on races illegal. The appeal of cash revenue from taxes is always too big, and several legislations were proposed over the years to legalize betting on racing, but this was no easy task as it took them 90 years, just in 1987, to legalize gambling again in Wisconsin.
Another form of gaming in Wisconsin were the greyhound racing tracks where players could make bets on which they think is the top dog. There wasn’t an happy ending in what dog racing is concerned in Wisconsin though, as the 5 dog racing tracks that did open are currently closed, even if there is ongoing debate on how to reopen those racing sites.
Also around 1987, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was approved federally, allowing Native American tribes to operate casinos on their lands. Being home to 11 Indian tribes, the Wisconsin state negotiated with them from that point on, reaching the currently total of 22 casinos all over the state.
Ho-Chunk tribe is the one with more casinos having six properties, while the largest casino, the Potowatomi Bingo Casino, located in Milwaukee, is from the Potawatomi tribe and has over 3.000 slots, a poker room and all the amenities expected in a resort.
All gaming within Wisconsin is for players who are 18 and over. Some select casinos will not allow players in to play until they are 21 or over.
Similarly to what happens offline, also online the gambling laws resemble the ones from other US states: there isn’t a specific prohibition, but it’s not legal either, after a failed legalization attempt in 2017. Surely that the law takes it’s time to adjust to new technologies, but considering that not even commercial casinos are allowed, this might be a good indicator on how risky gambling online could be in Wisconsin.
An exception might be coming up though, as the state representative Tyler Vorpagel is continuing his efforts to legalize wagering in fantasy sports, in a new regulatory framework for Wisconsin residents, a bill that was already rejected once.
Curiosity: The Wisconsin residents and visitors have the possibility to play the state and multi-state lotteries since 1988 but, unusually, the funds are not directed for educational resources, but to property tax relief for the state residents.