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Michigan Sports Betting

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 in the state of Michigan. 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.

Who regulates the Michigan sports betting industry?

The Michigan sports betting industry is regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). The MGCB is responsible for handling all operator applications, issuing licenses, and ensuring that licensed sports betting providers operate within the state’s rules and regulations.

Which legal sportsbooks are available in Michigan?

The first legal retail sports bets were placed in three Detroit Casinos in March 2020. The MGM Grand, Motorcity Casino, and Greektown Casino opened to much fanfare, but the excitement soon died down when casinos and businesses were forced to temporarily shut due to the global pandemic.

However, following a gradual reopening, all retail sportsbooks in the state are now open for business.

While state legislation allows for all commercial casinos alongside 23 tribal casinos to open retail sportsbooks, only 12 locations have launched to date.

Casino Retail Sports Betting Brand Launch Date
Greektown Casino Hotel Barstool Sportsbook March 11th 2020
MGM Grand Detroit BetMGM March 11th 2020
MotorCity Casino Hotel FanDuel March 12th 2020
FireKeepers Casino Hotel Dacey’s Sportsbook June 22nd 2020
Four Winds Hartford Four Winds Sportsbook July 13thth 2020
Four Winds New Buffalo Four Winds Sportsbook July 13th 2020
Four Winds Dowagiac Four Winds Sportsbook July 13th 2020
Little River Casino and Resort BetRivers July 17th 2020
Island Resort & Casino TwinSpires September 10th 2020
Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel Caesars (formerly William Hill) September 18th 2020
Leelanau Sands Casino Caesars (formerly William Hill) September 18th 2020
Gun Lake Casino Parx October 3rd 2020

There are a further 14 casinos that have yet to open retail sportsbook some of which have already launched mobile sports betting apps through partnerships with online operators.

Sports betting apps in Michigan

The original goal was to launch mobile sports betting in Michigan some time in late November 2020. However, the issuing of licenses and the creation of the required regulatory procedures saw that launch date pushed back into the new year. As a result, Michigan mobile sports betting officially launched on January 22nd 2021.

According to the MCGB’s list of licensed operators there are 14 mobile sports betting apps currently available in Michigan.

Mobile Operator Casino Partner Launch Date
FanDuel MotorCity Casino Hotel January 22nd 2021
BetMGM MGM Grand Detroit January 22nd 2021
BetRivers Little River Casino and Resort January 22nd 2021
PointsBet Northern Waters Casino Resort January 22nd 2021
Caesars (formerly William Hill) Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel January 22nd 2021
DraftKings Bay Mills Resort & Casino January 22nd 2021
WynnBet Kewadin Casinos January 22nd 2021
Golden Nugget Ojibwa Casinos January 22nd 2021
Barstool Sportsbook Greektown Casino Hotel January 22nd 2021
TwinSpires Island Resort & Casino January 22nd 2021
FoxBet Odawa Casinos January 29th 2021
Pala Interactive Four Winds Casinos February 15th 2021
NYX Digital Gaming FireKeepers Casino Hotel July 12th 2021
Parx Gun Lake Casino August 2nd 2021

As the remaining casinos that have yet to launch their sports betting products begin to enter the retail market, we can expect to see brands such as Bet365, Bally Bet, theScore, and Unibet make a move to join the local mobile sports betting market.

Daily Fantasy Sports in Michigan

The expanded gambling bills that were signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in December 2019 included a bill that legalized Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) contests. This allowed the MGCB to issue temporary licenses to DFS operators who then started paying taxes in January of 2020.

All DFS operators must pay an 8.4% tax in adjusted revenues. This is the same tax rate payable by sports betting operators.

Michigan’s current list of licensed DFS operators includes:

  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • Fantasy Football Players Championship
  • Fantasy Sports Shark
  • Yahoo Fantasy Sports
  • SportsHub Games Network
  • FullTime Fantasy Sports Network
  • Boom Shakalaka Inc.

According to the MGCB’s annual revenue report, 2020 saw operators report a combined adjusted gross revenue of $16,674,021.09 with $1,400,617.76 paid in taxes.

What about online poker in Michigan?

After many failed attempts, 2019 proved to be the year that online poker was finally approved by the state legislature. Bill HB4311 set out the legal framework for the creation of a regulated online casino industry. This was one of a number of expanded gambling bills signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

However, it took almost a year for the first online poker providers to enter the market. That happened on January 29th 2021 when PokerStars became the first online poker platform to go live in Michigan. BetMGM followed shortly after and these are the only two licensed operators that currently provide poker in Michigan.

January 22nd 2021Image credit: Michael Barera / CC BY-SA 4.0

Michigan sports betting frequently asked questions

  • What is the legal age for sports betting in Michigan?

    Gamblers must be 21 years of age or older to place a bet at a Michigan sportsbook.

  • Is mobile sports betting legal in Michigan?

    Yes, mobile sports betting is legal in Michigan and launched in January 2021.

  • What sports can I bet on in Michigan?

    Gamblers in Michigan can place bets on professional and college sports with the exception of events involving in-state college teams.

  • How do I deposit money into a Michigan mobile sports betting account?

    Most Michigan sportsbook apps will allow you to deposit using the following methods — credit/debit card, online banking, PayPal, Skrill, PayNearMe, Echeck/ACH Transfer, Casino Cage payments at the app's partner casino.

  • Can I use a Michigan sports betting app when out of state?

    No, all Michigan sports betting apps require you to be located in the state in order to place bets.