There are some decent poker rooms in Wisconsin with the Patowatomi Casino having the best one by a long shot. There are many online poker rooms still accepting residents from Wisconsin. The gambling laws are written where a good lawyer might be able to rule that poker is legal.
Wisconsin Poker Room
Play at Bet Online
Visit the Bovada Casino
Wisconsin Poker Laws
Unfortunately according to the Wisconsin gambling laws a bet is "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", that will rule poker illegal unless you can convince the judge that poker is a "bona fide contest for the determination of skill". If you are convicted of illegal gambling, you will be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor. If this is your first conviction, the maximum charge will be 90 days and a maximum $1000 fine.
Where to play live poker in Wisconsin
There are good poker rooms in this state with Texas Holdem, Omaha poker and Omaha hi/lo. The largest poker rooms can be found inside the Patowatomi Casino, the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake and the Ho-Chunk Casino in Dells.
Poker sites accepting players from Wisconsin
There are three quality poker rooms that you can play in Wisconsin. They are Bovada.lv,
America's Cardroom and Bet Online Poker.
Bovada is the largest and best online poker room in the U.S. market. It is also the second best (or first if you are a new casual player) overall poker room, next to Poker Stars. Bovada has anomalous tables, which makes it impossible for the sharks and players with tracking software to track you. This helps a lot for the regular poker player, and it is almost essential for the new poker player. Any other poker room and you will be a sitting duck.
America's Cardroom has improved over the years. It was once on a small network but has moved to the Winning Poker Network. This network has grown over the years to become the second largest poker network in the U.S. market. There are many poker rooms on this network, but America's Cardroom is the strongest and most respected poker room on this network.
Betonline.ag and Sportsbetting.ag are operated by the same ownership group. These websites have poker rooms on the Chico Network. This network is the third largest poker network in the Wisconsin market. The poker network has a decent variety of poker games and tournaments running. Chico is a network that goes in and out of favor. Sometimes it grows to challenge for the top spot and in other years it falls to third.
All the other poker rooms that accept players from Wisconsin should be avoided. You will find near empty poker tables waiting for some fresh bankroll to enter in, small poker tournaments that are often cancelled due to a lack of players and poker rooms with financial and/or ethic problems.