Oneida Nation ushers Wisconsin sports betting into existence
The Oneida Nation officially kicked off Wisconsin sports betting at its Oneida Casino earlier this month, capping an end to a months long journey to bring sports betting to the state.
Sandra Brehmer and Alma Webster, known as the Oneida Bingo Queens, placed the first bets at the casino Tuesday morning. Brehmer and Webster are credited with introducing tribal bingo to Wisconsin in 1976 and are seen as the catalysts for Oneida Nation gambling.
Wisconsin sports betting is a go
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The Oneida Nation had hoped to launch sports betting in September, but supply chain delays made the early launch impossible.
The Oneida Nation was the first Tribal Nation in the state to successfully amend its gaming compact to allow Wisconsin sports betting at its locations. It was the first time an agreement has been reached in Wisconsin to allow sports betting.
Online sports betting at Oneida Nation casinos
The amended gaming compact does not allow for sports betting on in-state colleges or universities, but does allow for college sports betting on institutions outside of the state.
Sports betting will be offered at a brick-and-mortar sportsbook at the Oneida Main Casino in Green Bay and at a temporary location also based in the Oneida Main Casino. Online sports betting will also be offered at select Oneida Casino locations.
Initially, customers will be able to place online sports bets at Oneida Casino locations only through geofencing technology.
Chad M. Fuss, Gaming Assistant and Chief Financial Officer of Oneida Casino, previously told Saturday Tradition the casino will identify a partner to make event wagering at the casino a success.
“Oneida Casino will start out offering retail bets, bets from kiosks as well as mobile wagering at designated areas that are owned by the Oneida Nation,” he said.
Event Wagering will bring a new clientele to Oneida Casino, Fuss said, as well as retain existing customers.