Milwaukee Closer to Sports Betting Launch
Great news for Milwaukee punters as sports betting could be coming to the region before the end of the year.
The state could launch sports betting in 2022 if the partnership between the State of Wisconsin and the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe gets approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
In a press release last Friday, The governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers, and Ned Daniels Jr., Forest County Potawatomi Tribe chair, announced the partnership between the two parties.
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.
If the agreement goes through, it means that the Potawatomi will be able to offer sports and live event betting at the tribe’s flagship hotel and casino in Milwaukee and other properties across the state. As a whole, the USA is quickly moving towards becoming one of the largest regulated iGaming markets in the world.
Also, Milwaukee punters will not have to go to out-of-town betting shops before they can place wagers on their favorite sports.
I am glad for the good work of Chairman 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.
Along with the Potawatomi agreement, Evers has also negotiated updated compacts with the Oneida and St. Croix tribes to offer sports betting at their casinos in Green Bay and northwest Wisconsin to cushion the effect of the losses they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.