Can you bet on sports in Michigan?

Jon Y.

Sports betting is new to Michigan and it is growing rapidly. There are several betting apps soon available for placing bets. The Lawful Sports Betting Act was passed as recently as December 2019 and it allows existing casinos to apply for a license to offer sports betting as part of its services. In addition, land-based operators can apply to offer online sports betting services through websites and apps.

Whilst online sports betting is still in the planning stages across the state, Michigan casinos have been busy preparing for successful legislation for some time. Many venues had carefully laid plans for their sports betting operation, which they’ve been quick to swing into action.

You’ll find, therefore, that there are already plenty of opportunities to wager on sports at Michigan casinos. The state’s capital city hosts the three largest commercial casinos, the Greektown, MotorCity and the MGMGrand. Each of these casinos have opened a dedicated sports lounge for their sportsbook customers.

In these sports lounges gamblers have the chance to wager on a huge range of professional and college sports. You can place your bets via a kiosk or a live window, then sit back and watch your event on one of the many large TV screens.

Large events are planned for big matches and tournaments, such as the NCAA and NFL seasons. However, these events are currently subject to change, as determined by the need for pandemic safety regulations. If you planning to head to a casino for the next big event in the sports calendar, it’s worth checking the casino’s website before you go.

In addition to sports betting in casinos, Michigan has a horse racetrack, which has been established for 100 years. Northville Downs offers live racing for customers to bet on. If getting to the race track is an issue, you can gamble on the Pari-Mutuel racing. Place bets on live or simulcast events from anywhere across the state.

In the near future you can also expect the chance to place a sports bet online. Almost all of Michigan’s casinos have either applied or are planning to apply for an online sports betting licence. Many casinos have already partnered with the biggest online sports betting companies, which means a broad choice for betting on all sports, Pari-Mutuel and Fantasy Sports from anywhere in the state.

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