Wisconsin Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Wisconsin

Wisconsin still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed and there could be something definitive within a couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 562-569; 945
Definition of a Bet A bargain in which the parties agree that, dependent upon chance even though accompanied by some skill, one stands to win or lose something of value specified in the agreement.
Definition of a Gambling Machine A contrivance which for a consideration affords the player an opportunity to obtain something of value, the award of which is determined by chance, even though accompanied by some skill and whether or not the prize is automatically paid by the machine.
Definition of Wire Communication Facility Any and all instrumentalities, personnel and services, and among other things the receipt, forwarding or delivery of communications used or useful in the transmission of writings, signs, pictures and sounds of all kinds by means of wire, cable, microwave or other like connection between the points of origin and reception of such transmission.
Online Poker/Gambling Wisconsin lawmakers have not taken any steps to examine or propose the legalization of online poker or other internet casino games.
Live Poker Many of the casinos do offer poker rooms with cash games and tournaments available.
Casinos There are a number of casinos in Wisconsin, most of them operated by Native American tribes on reservations and some of them including table games like poker.
Sports Betting There have been no attempts to legalize or regulate sports betting.
DFS There was a bill to legalize daily fantasy sports contests in 2018, but it did not pass.
Other Forms of Gambling Horse and dog racing, on-track pari-mutuel betting, lottery, bingo and charitable gambling.