Where You Can Play Online Poker In Wisconsin
Can You Play Online Poker in Wisconsin?
There is currently no legislation permitting online poker in the state.
Current Wisconsin Gambling Laws
There is no shortage of tribal casinos in Wisconsin with approximately 22 properties owned by 11 tribes spread throughout the state.
In 2013, online gaming murmurs came out of the "Dairy State" when the sovereign Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians took the first step toward iGaming last year when they launched a play-for-fun site for their Lake of the Torches Casino Resort.
"As online gaming legislation progresses throughout the United States, the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council recognizes the need to stay in the forefront of the potential opportunities," said the tribe.
Around that same time period, the state's largest casino — Milwaukee's Potawatomi Hotel & Casino — had this to say:
"Potawatomi Bingo Casino's presence in an increasingly digital world is a big part of our marketing plans, both now and into the future. We have a vibrant web site and we're active on a number of social media platforms," said then General Manager Mike Goodrich. "With the proliferation of all kinds of entertainment on laptops, smart phones and tablets, online gambling is certainly a hot-button issue. We are actively monitoring online gambling and continually evaluate how it may fit into our future."
Unfortunately for fans of the game of poker, there has been zero movement in the last five years other than some talk of a daily fantasy sports bill (which has been stale since late 2017).
One bright spot for the future of online gaming is the departure of former Governor Scott Walker, a conservative. He was replaced by Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat and self-described "Euchre enthusiast." While the new governor, who took over in January 2019, hasn't addressed the topic of online gaming, he's shown himself to be a progressive in other industries.
If Wisconsin tribes want to pursue online gaming, now may be the time to do so as there hasn't been a more amenable administration. That said, the tribes haven't shown much ambition in that regard.
As of 2019, the tribes seem more focused on brick-and-mortar operations. At the end of 2018, Walker struck a deal with the Potawatomi Tribe to reduce the tribe's state gaming compact liability from $500 million to $250 million if they were to face any new competition.
The deal came in the midst of a battle between the Potawatomi and Menominee Tribes. The latter is looking to build a casino in Kenosha, but current laws prohibit casinos being built within 30 miles of one another. By reducing Potawatomi's liability, it increases the chance the project moves forward.
Best Online Poker Sites for Wisconsin Players
None at present. But you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.