Michigan Sports Betting Apps Guide
Michigan is doing its utmost to fast track sports betting across the state. Legalized sports betting was only passed into law last December, yet the first retail sportsbooks opened their doors before mid-March.
The state intends to move just as rapidly to get mobile sports betting operational.
Optimistically, Michigan is hopeful that it will go live with sports betting apps as early as October-November. At worst, they hope to be taking bets online by early 2021.
Let’s look at the sports betting apps that are all ready to launch across the state of Michigan. Unless stated otherwise, all apps are compatible with both Android and iOS phones.
Michigan Upcoming Online Sportsbooks
- William Hill (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa)
- BetMGM (MGM Grand Detroit)
- Barstool App (Greektown Casino)
- Fox Bet (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa)
- FanDuel (Motor City Casino)
- Unibet (expected)
*Mobile betting apps expected in Michigan in 2020/2021: William Hill Sportsbook, BetMGM, Betrivers app, Unibet Michigan, Draftkings Sports and more apps.
Betting Apps in Michigan*
- Betrivers Michigan
- Bet MGM
- William Hill
- Bet365 App
- Fanduel Sports
Detroit Lions legend Barry Sanders laid the first bet at the FanDuel retail casino inside Detroit’s Motor City Casino. When FanDuel launches its online app in Michigan, newcomers will be welcomed by up to a $1,000 refund in site credit if they lose their first bet.
Teaming up with the Bay Mills Resort Casino, DraftKings is offering new players the chance to access a 20 percent bonus on their next deposit, with a maximum value of up to $500.
Players will be able to access this offer more than once, since it is available to both new and existing users.
BetRivers is paired with the Little River Casino.
New Players who enter the bonus code “250MATCH” with their first deposit will be eligible for a 100 percent matching bonus worth up to $250. It comes with just a 1X play through requirement on the bonus funds. Bettors won’t find a shorter bonus payout requirement anywhere.
Players can also access the popular iRush Rewards program. BetRivers offers live streaming of events and in-play wagering. However, their mobile app is currently only compatible with Android devices.
BetMGM Sports & Casino App
There was no doubt which online partner would be teaming up with Detroit’s MGM Grand, Michigan. MGM Resorts International already possesses its own brand online products through the company’s ROAR Digital platform. That includes their BetMGM sports betting app.
New players at BetMGM sports betting app in Michigan can access the site’s risk-free first bet, which will pay back up to $500 on a losing first wager in the form of site betting credits.
PointsBet made a bold move into the Michigan market. The Australian-based sports betting site inked a deal to become the official sports betting partner of the MLB Detroit Tigers.
Pairing up with the Northern Waters Casino, PointsBet offers two risk-free bets with a total value of $1,000 as a signup bonus. The offer comes in the form of one straight bet and one pointsbetting wager, each with a maximum value of $500.
Barstool Betting App
Barstool is the Austin Powers of sports betting, because they remain an international mystery. Since partnering with Penn National Gaming, there’s been rumors of a Barstool sportsbook launching in Pennsylvania and finally, it’s upon us. There will be a soft launch of the Barstool sports betting app on Sept. 15, with a full launch anticipated for Sept. 18. Soon afterward, Barstool intends to expand into other states wth Penn National casinos. That would include Detroit’s Greektown Casino.
Already operational in Pennsylvania, Parx will team up with the Gun Lake Casino in Michigan. In Pennsylvania, Parx offers new players a $500 risk-free first bet.
Enter the code “Bet50” upon signing up with BetAmerica’s sportsbook and they’ll double your money. Make a first bet of up to $500 and BetAmerica will match it 100 percent. In Michigan, BetAmerica’s partner is the Island Resort & Casino.
William Hill is paired with both the Leelanau Sands Casino and the Turtle Creek Casino, Michigan. William Hill offers all new customers a 100 percent first deposit matching bonus worth up to $500. As well, new players can access $10 in free cash when they sign up with William Hill and enter the appropriate corresponding promotional code.
Both Ojibwa Casinos – in Baraga and Marquette – are going with the Golden Nugget as their online sports betting partner. Bet up to $100 on your first single bet at Golden Nugget Sportsbook. If it isn’t a winner, they’ll refund the entire amount to your Golden Nugget account.
FOX Bet is partnering with the Odawa Casinos in Mackinaw City and Petoskey.Backed by the prominent Fox Network and featuring betting advice from several of Fox’s top sports hosts, at FOX Bet they are offering new players a $500 risk-free bet in their sportsbook.
How to download sports betting apps in Michigan
Mobile sports betting is now 100 percent legal in Michigan. The first mobile apps should appear in late 2020 or 2021. Among them: BetMGM, Pointsbet, William Hill, Barstool App, bet365 and other online sportsbooks.
Gamblers in Michigan will be able to download dedicated apps to their smartphones. This will turn an average iPhone or Android smartphone into an all-powerful handheld sportsbook.
Judging by other regulated states in the US, the first legal betting apps in Michigan will be easy to use. You will be able to download apps from the App Store if you have an iOS device. Alternatively, you will be able to download an Android app direct from the sports betting site.
To download an app, direct your smartphone to the mobile sportsbook homepage. Alternatively, simply download a free app from the App Store.
You will need to have the latest version of iOS or Android running on your device. In addition, you must enable your smartphone’s GPS. This is to allow the sportsbook to check your location.
By law, you must be located physically in Michigan to log on, deposit, and place bets. However, there is nothing to stop you downloading betting apps while outside Michigan.
Mobile betting apps will give you the power to make real money bets on hundreds of markets. The first mobile sportsbooks will take bets on a range of professional sports in the US, such as NFL, NBA, and NHL.
Bets on college sports outside Michigan may be permitted too, but some overseas sports like cricket will probably be prohibited to start with.
You will also be able to claim a signup bonus when you make a first deposit via the mobile app. Open the mobile cashier and deposit to earn free bets or cashback on your first losing bets. The best Michigan sports betting apps may also give you enhanced odds on big contests like the Super Bowl and Stanley Cup.