Governor Tony Evers & the Oneida Nation regulate sports betting for Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin will have a regulated retail sportsbook at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay opening up for the 2021 NFL season.
  • The sports betting industry of the state will have only one land-based location with no mobile sports betting platforms.
  • A temporary sportsbook will be opening at the casino while they construct the permanent venue to be added to the space.

MADISON, Wis. – Without ever making themselves a blip on the radar, Wisconsin has decided to break the news that they will have a regulated sports betting industry by the 2021 NFL season through the Oneida Nation.

On Thursday, Governor Tony Evers signed a new Tribal Gaming Compact with the Oneida Nation which has expanded their gaming offerings to include sports wagering.

The Oneida Casino, conveniently located in Green Bay where all of the Packer fans go for the games, will be the retail sportsbook of the state. This will be the sole establishment in Wisconsin to have a sports betting venue within it.

The compact gives the tribe the availability to offer any type of sports wager or wager on any particular event that other books across the nation would have odds on such as Draft Days for the leagues or even entertainment betting.

The Wisconsin Sports Betting Setup

Wisconsin sports betting is halfway through the process after the Governor signed the new compact. The amended version has now been sent to the U.S. Department of the Interior for a 45-day period to receive approval.

Once approved, the new law can be enacted and the sports wagering market of Wisconsin can go live.

There will be no mobile sports betting platforms for sports bettors. Gamblers that currently use such applications through outside sources will need to continue to do so should they prefer the convenience of mobile sports betting.

Per the new compact, any remote betting would need to be done on any land or within any building that the Oneida Nation owns, which doesn’t completely close the door on the mobile aspect of the market for the future.

“I’m grateful to Chairman Hill and the Oneida General Tribal Council for their partnership on this historic compact amendment,” said Governor Evers. “The Oneida Casino is a critical source of revenue and employment for Oneida Nation and this expansion will bring new opportunities for employment and revenue growth to the Tribe.”

Adding to these sentiments, Chairman Tehassi Hill also released a few words of his own on this new endeavor for Wisconsin.

“This collaboration has been a great testament to intergovernmental agencies working together. When Oneida engaged with the State of Wisconsin by signing our first gaming compact in 1991, 30 years ago, we were a reservation with a struggling but growing economy. Since that time, we have grown tremendously and can provide a better quality of life for our Oneida people and those who live on and around our reservation,” said Chairman Hill. “We have been fortunate to be working toward recovery in our economy and move toward keeping a safe, professional gaming entertainment facility for Wisconsin travelers. Tourism is an important component of Wisconsin economy.”

A Look Ahead For Wisconsin

Regulated sports betting continues sweeping the nation as more states decide to open up their own industries. The potential revenue is far too great to pass on a pastime that is already happening every day, with or without a state market.

Wisconsin has finally put itself on the list to begin profiting from the gambling on sporting events that is done by their residents daily.

The Oneida Casino will be setting up a temporary space within their facility for patrons to wager on sports while they begin construction on a permanent expansion that will serve as their official sportsbook.

In any event, wagering on the Green Bay Packers this NFL season will be something that sports bettors will get to do using a local sportsbook for the first time in the state’s history, so bring out the beer and cheese platters, this calls for a celebration!

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