Introduction to Wisconsin Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Wisconsin slot machine casino gambling consists of 24 American Indian tribal casinos having over 20,000 slot machines. Illegal video gambling machines exist in bars and taverns throughout Wisconsin
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Wisconsin*
The minimum legal gambling age in Wisconsin depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 18
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
Wisconsin has tribal casinos with tribal-state compacts. Each city or county must agree to both the development of a tribal casino as well as the games offered there
Wisconsin has no racetracks in operation, but off-track betting (OTB) is at two pari-mutuel wagering facilities Oneida OTB in Green Bay and St. Croix Meadows in Hudson, located 18 miles east of St. Paul on the border to Minnesota
Otherwise, many bars and taverns in Wisconsin have illegal video gaming machines. Having up to five machines results in civil forfeiture without legal repercussion while more than five machines are, instead, a criminal offense.
Anyone playing pay-to-play, bar-based slot machines must be at least 21. Otherwise, owners break a different law, this one having severe legal consequences for their business
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Wisconsin
It is legal to own a slot machine in Wisconsin privately if it is 25 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in Wisconsin
The Gaming Division of the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration focuses on gaming regulatory responsibilities, including:
- Licensing procedures
- Background investigations
- Regulatory enforcement activities
The Division’s two areas of focus are tribal and charitable gaming, and has offices for each:
A provision of tribal-state gaming compacts was the creation of a state-run Indian Gaming Office. Its purpose is to ensure regulation of Class III games at casinos operated by Wisconsin’s eleven federally-recognized American Indian tribes, all of which have gaming compacts with Wisconsin.
Casinos in Wisconsin
There are 24 American Indian tribal casinos in Wisconsin owned and operated by eleven federally-recognized American Indian tribes
The largest casino in Wisconsin is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino having over 2,500 gaming machines and 99 table games.
The second largest casino is Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells having 2,200 gaming machines and 48 table games.
List of Casinos in Wisconsin
There are no non-tribal casinos in Wisconsin.
List of Tribal Casinos in Wisconsin
There are 24 tribal casinos in Wisconsin:
- Bad River Lodge Casino in Odanah, located 45 miles east of Duluth, Minnesota.
- Grindstone Creek Casino in Hayward, located 140 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls located 110 miles northwest of Madison.
- Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison.
- Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa located 50 miles north of Wausau.
- Ho-Chunk Gaming Tomah located 81 miles north of Madison.
- Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells in Baraboo located 40 miles northwest of Madison.
- Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg located 30 miles east of Wausau.
- Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flambeau located 225 miles north of Green Bay.
- Legendary Waters Resort & Casino in Red Cliff located 80 miles east of Duluth, Minnesota.
- Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena located 40 miles northwest of Green Bay.
- Mole Lake Casino & Lodge located 100 miles northwest of Green Bay.
- North Star Mohican Casino Resort in Bowler located 55 miles northwest of Green Bay.
- Oneida Casino – Irene Moore Activity Center (
IMAC) in Green Bay.
- Oneida Casino – Main-Airport in Green Bay.
- Oneida Casino – One-Stop Packerland in Green Bay.
- Oneida Casino – Travel Center in Pulaski located 12 northwest of Green Bay.
- Oneida Casino – W. Mason in Green Bay.
- Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.
- Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel in Wabeno located 85 miles north of Green Bay.
SevenwindsCasino, Lodge & Convention Center in Hayward located 75 miles southeast of Duluth, Minnesota.
- St. Croix Casino – Danbury located 62 miles south of Duluth near the border to Minnesota.
- St. Croix Casino – Hertel in Webster located 83 miles south of Duluth near the border to Minnesota.
- St. Croix Casino – Turtle Lake located 76 miles northeast of Minneapolis near the border to Minnesota.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Wisconsin slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Wisconsin is:
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that neighboring state to Wisconsin.
Payout Returns in Wisconsin
Each tribal-state compact has set minimum and maximum payout limits. However, there are two sets of limits, both of which apply over the expected lifetime of the game.
- Games of chance (Class III slot machine games): 80% and 100%
- Skill-based electronic games (such as draw poker and blackjack): 83% and 103%
Tribal casinos must report, for each machine, both its theoretical and actual payout return statistics to the state of Wisconsin. However, this valuable information is not available to the public.
What is available is an annual payout return statistic for all tribal casinos in Wisconsin. The Gaming Division provides Tribal Net Win and Handle Data by year. These financial reports can be used to calculate an annual player win% for Wisconsin’s tribal casinos.
The most recent year’s values available are from 2017, which shows a Tribal Net Win of $1.23 billion and a Gross Tribal Handle of $16.35 billion. Dividing these values provides a 2017 casino hold% of 7.52% while subtraction from 100% gives the equivalent 2017 player win% of 92.48%.
Our Wisconsin Slots Facebook Group
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There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in or near Wisconsin. Come join us!
Summary of Wisconsin Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Wisconsin slot machine casino gambling consists of 24 tribal casinos. Wisconsin also has many bars and taverns with illegal slot machines, where only five or more machines can result in a criminal offense
Tribal-state gaming compacts between Wisconsin and it’s eleven federally-recognized tribes establish two sets of payout return limits over the expected lifetime of a game. For games of chance slot machines, these limits are 80% and 100%. For skill-based electronic games, these limits are 83% and 103%.
Overall, Wisconsin’s tribal casinos had a 2017 win% of 92.48%.
Annual Progress in Wisconsin Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, the newly renovated St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake has reopened.
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