Milwaukee Sports Betting

  • Tony Evers and the Potawatomi Tribe agreed on a sports betting compact.
  • Sports betting is expected in Milwaukee by the end of 2022.

MILWAUKEE – Sports betting in Wisconsin is expanding to its largest city in Milwaukee. This comes as the governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, and the Potawatomi Tribe of Wisconsin have agreed on a gaming compact that will allow for sportsbooks to open on tribal lands in Milwaukee.

The current stage of the compact is in a 45-day review with the U.S. Department of Interior. Once the review period is over, sportsbooks could open on any property owned by the Potawatomi Tribe by the end of 2022.

“We appreciate Governor Evers and his Administration working with us in a government-to-government manner to provide our Tribe the tools needed to compete in the marketplace and giving us the business certainty to continue our investments in Milwaukee and throughout the state,” said Ned Daniels, Chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe.

“I am glad for the good work of Chairman [Ned] Daniels, the Forest County Potawatomi, and the folks at the Department of Administration to get this done so folks can enjoy sports and other event wagering in our state while benefitting the Tribe’s economic growth— I look forward to continuing our partnership together to find new opportunities that support and bolster the Tribe’s success and our state’s success for years to come,” said Governor Evers.

This is not the first time that Evers has agreed on a sports betting compact with the tribes of Wisconsin. He has signed agreements with the Oneida and St. Croix tribes to allow them to offer legal sports betting in their locations also.

Online Sports Betting

One thing that each of these Wisconsin sports betting compacts have in common is that neither of them allows for mobile or online betting. Wisconsin lawmakers have tried and failed in the past to bring mobile and online betting to the Badger State.

With the continued success of local retail books, however, this may change. Lawmakers could be motivated by markets like Illinois and push to create an online market of their own. The constant launches of retail sportsbooks show a growing interest in the sports betting market in Wisconsin.

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