December 2019 saw Governor Gretchen Whitmer sign the ‘Lawful Sport Betting Act‘ alongside two bills that legalized daily fantasy sports (DFS) and online casino and poker. This was made possible by a 2018 Supreme Court ruling stating that the federal ban on sports betting as a result of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board then began creating a regulatory framework that would allow the state’s commercial casinos along with all 23 tribal casinos launch their own sportsbooks.
The first sports bets were placed just three months later on March 11th, 2020 at the MGM Grand, MotorCity, and Greektown casinos in Detroit. However, it wasn’t until January 22nd, 2021 that the state’s first mobile sportsbooks launched.
Michigan is now a thriving sports betting market with many of the country’s largest online sports betting operators running mobile sportsbooks in the state through partnership agreements with casinos.
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