- The Oneida Casino in Green Bay, Wisconsin will be opening its retail sportsbook in November.
- Mobile sports betting will be unavailable in the state.
- The Oneida Nation is the first tribe in Wisconsin to get into the sports gaming industry.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Wisconsin is officially a part of the regulated sports betting industry within the United States as a Tribal Gaming Compact for the Oneida Nation was given federal approval last week. The Oneida Nation received the green light to open sportsbooks at all of their locations statewide, with the Oneida Casino in Green Bay becoming the first venue on their list that will house a sports betting site. Unfortunately, this is not expected to take place until November.
What’s The Hold Up For Wisconsin Sports Betting?
The Department of the Interior (DOI) gave the Oneida Nation the go-ahead days ago, which means the tribe can open immediately. But, the Oneida Casino, who has not yet announced their service provider for a sportsbook, has said that the delay has to do with everything that is needed to open a sportsbook at their casino.
Mobile sports betting is not a part of the package when it comes to the sports gaming market in Wisconsin. It will be a retail-only industry. Regrettably, all of the necessary things needed for the Oneida Casino to open its sportsbook will take longer than expected to arrive and install at the facility, which is why their date has been pushed back.
They are now expected to have a November rollout of their retail sportsbook because of these delays. Everything else about the new market is ready to go live now. A launch to coincide with the 2021-2022 NFL season was the original plan, yet sadly, that won’t pan out. If they are able to get the equipment earlier, sports bettors could see a sportsbook in Green Bay before November.
The Future Of Wisconsin Sportsbooks
Although NFL betting for at least half of the season is out of the cards, this is a big step for Wisconsin as other tribes will now be able to expand their Tribal Gaming Compacts to open up regulated sportsbooks statewide. However, it does not look as though mobile sportsbooks will be happening any time soon. There has been talk that if this part of the industry does open up, it will need to be done on tribal grounds in order for platforms to be accessed.
The Wisconsin sports betting market should see a number of sport wagering locations pop up in 2022. Not just with the Oneida Nation but through other tribes as well. Annual revenue is projected to be in the millions of dollars range and Green Bay Packers fans are just waiting to place their first bets at a local sportsbook before the end of 2021.
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.