Last Updated: 11/26/2014
Not a snowbird? Maybe it’s time to warm up to the bright lights and excitement of Wisconsin casinos.
Visitors can find high stakes bingo, video poker, slot machines and blackjack tables grouped in modern, spacious surroundings at Wisconsin's 15 Native American casinos. Many have frequent-player or other incentive programs that give you chances to win prizes on top of your winnings.
Wisconsin's largest gaming facility is Potawatomi Bingo Casino. Located in the Menomonee Valley just south of downtown Milwaukee, it offers guests an array of gaming options, including blackjack, craps, roulette, Let-It-Ride bonus poker, bingo and over 1500 slot machines. There are even special non-smoking areas for slots and bingo. Music lovers flock to the casino’s Northern Lights Theater, an intimate 550-seat setting for big-name entertainment. Northern Lights also opens for major football games, often with ex-Packer players on hand. Sports fans also congregate in The Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill, which is modeled on a Vegas-style sports book. A variety of dining options are available, including an international buffet, snack bar and the gourmet Dream Dance Steak restaurant (winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and AAA’s Four Diamond award). Guests can stay at the 19-story, 381 room hotel.
Perfect for a weekend getaway, the Ho-Chunk Casino in Baraboo features a wide array of gaming activities including the state’s largest offering of slot machines (2400). Guests can stay at the 300-room hotel and convention center, enjoy headline entertainment and dine at one of the casino’s five restaurants. Afterwards, visitors can work it all off a the casino’s House of Wellness Fitness & Aquatic Center or golf on one of the Wisconsin Dells area’s many championship courses.
Visitors traveling to the northern part of the state can try their luck at the Oneida Bingo & Casino in Green Bay. The gaming complex features reel slot and video machines, blackjack tables, an 850-seat high stakes bingo hall and a 300-room hotel and convention center. Guests can also take a break from gambling at the Casino Lounge, which offers a wide variety of musical talent including country, rock, blues, rockabilly and swing. Casino Lounge shows are free unless otherwise noted.
Visitors to Northeastern Wisconsin can also try their luck at the Menominee Casino in Keshena and the Mohican North Star Casino in Bowler. Like many of the state’s casino’s, North Star is also renowned for its entertainment lineup, which has included the likes of BB King and Tom Jones.
In northwestern Wisconsin, gaming enthusiasts can play at the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake. St. Croix offers poker, roulette and craps as well as 1,100 reel slots and video machines, 24 blackjack tables and a bingo hall. The facility also boasts a 158-room hotel, restaurant, buffet and salad bar and free musical entertainment on weekends. Like St. Croix, the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino attracts snowmobilers and outdoor sports enthusiasts as well as gamblers. It is located in the Lac du Flambeau reservation on a chain of 10 lakes famous for muskie and walleye fishing. It is also offers bingo for the hearing and visually impaired.
The crowd at Legendary Waters in Red Cliff includes many non-gamblers who’ve come to see the full wall mural painted by Rita VanderVanter. This huge mural depicts traditional Native American scenes, including seasonal activities and pow-wows.
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