Event betting is slowly flourishing in Badger State as the legal groundwork has now been laid for another tribal casino to offer sports betting in Wisconsin.
A notice in the November 17 edition of the Federal Register, the official journal of the US federal government, announced the approval of an amendment to a compact between the Sokaogon Chippewa community and the state of Wisconsin.
This updated agreement, which came into force on November 17, allows legal sports betting.
“The amendment permits the Tribe to engage in remote and retail reservation betting in accordance with the Tribe’s minimum internal control standards and state and Tribe agreed-upon gaming rules,” reads the notice.
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With the amendment in place, that means another federally recognized Native American tribe in Wisconsin is online to offer sports betting in person and through online sports betting sites, although sites that only work in some places in the state. The Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe owns and operates the Mole Lake Casino and Lodge, which seems like a logical place for a physical bookie at some point.
A press release announcing the deal in September said it would “open the door for the Sokaogon Chippewa community to begin offering sports betting and other forms of event betting at its existing Mole Lake Casino & Lodge and mobile bets on other lands in his reserve just in time for the Super Bowl and college bowling games.
While statewide mobile sports betting might not be in the cards for Wisconsin residents just yet, the Midwestern state is surrounded by peers that allow such betting, like Iowa and Illinois. Lawmakers in neighboring Minnesota have also launched several attempts to legalize sports betting and may do so again in 2023.
In the meantime, however, Wisconsinans are slowly getting more and more options for retail sports betting and for mobile betting on tribal lands. The Sokaogon Agreement is one of many that have been reached over the past two years between the tribes and Governor Tony Evers, who was recently re-elected.
The modified Sokaogon pact was announced on September 30, and the agreement was forwarded to the US Department of the Interior for a 45-day review and, ultimately, approval.
“This amendment will generate additional revenue for the tribe and our state, bolster local tourism, and support jobs in northern Wisconsin – and it’s a win-win situation for everyone,” Evers said in a statement. hurry.
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The agreement is similar to agreements with the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of the Chippewa Indians of Lake Superior, the Oneida Nation, the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe and the Menominee Tribe. Wisconsin has 11 federally recognized tribes, so there is room for other agreements as well.
It’s unclear exactly when betting will begin at Mole Lake Casino, but betting oversight there will fall to an arm of the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA).
“It is our common interests that contribute to the success of these negotiations for the tribe and the state,” DOA Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld said in the Sept. 30 statement. “We look forward to continuing our cooperative relationship with the Sokaogon Chippewa community.”
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