Michigan Sports Betting Sites
- William Hill
- Golden Nugget
- Barstool App
- Fox Bet
These are online sportsbooks licensed in Michigan. The list of the betting apps is to grow in 2021.
In principle, the plan made perfect sense. Michigan launched legalized sports betting at retail sites on March 11, 2020, just in time for what was anticipated to be a significant round of wagering on March Madness.
Instead, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all legal betting operations in the state within days of their opening.
Picking Up The Pace
Michigan moved quickly to implement retail sports betting. State Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the sports betting bill into law on Dec, 1, 2019 and by early March, they were taking bets.
The state intends to move just as rapidly to get online sports betting operational. Optimistically, Michigan is hoepful that it will go live with online sports betting as early as October-November. At worst, they hope to be taking bets online by early 2021.
State lawmakers put forth a bill that would expedite the process, permitting licensed casinos to launch their iGaming platforms before regulations were fully established and the approval process was completed. “We expect to launch internet gaming and online sports betting by late 2020 or early 2021,” said Richard S. Kalm, Michigan Gaming Control Board executive director, in a prepared statement.
Future Betting Apps in Michigan
As would be expected, all of the big names in the online world that have quickly populated other states upon those areas making a move into the world of legalized sports betting were also fast off the mark to enter the Michigan market.
FanDuel partnered with Motor City Casino, while DraftKings teamed up with Bay Mills Resort Casino. BetRivers and the Little River Casino are joining up, Barstool Sports is on board with the Greektown Casino and PointsBet was selected as an online partner by the Northern Waters Casino. The MGM Grand in Detroit already has its own BetMGM brand of online sportsbook technology.
The Gun Lake Casino is with Parx and BetAmerica is the online partner of the Island Resort & Casino. William Hill is paired with both the Leelanau Sands Casino and the Turtle Creek Casino. Both Ojibwa Casinos – in Baraga and Marquette – are going in with the Golden Nugget. FOX Bet is partnering with the Odawa Casinos in Mackinaw City and Petoskey.
Some of Michigan’s Tribal casinos are opting to operate their own online sports bettings sites and have decided to simply team up with a software partner. Scientific Games will power the FireKeepers Casino, while the three Four Winds Casinos in Dowagiac, Hartford and New Buffalo opted for Kambi. GAN will provide the technology to each of the five Odawa Casinos in Sault Ste. Marie, Ste. Ignace, Manistique, Hessel and Christmas.
Brick And Mortar Sportsbooks
There are currently eight retail sportsbooks in place in Michigan, with up to 17 more expected to soon be operational.
Retail sports betting outlets in Michigan include:
- Greektown Casino (Penn National)
- Motor City Casino (Marian Ilitch)
- MGM Grand (MGM Resorts)
There are also brick and mortar sportsbooks situated at the following tribal casino sites in Michigan:
- FireKeepers Casino
- Four Winds Dowagiac
- Four Winds Hartford
- Four Winds New Buffalo
- Little River Casino
With legal online sportsbook Michigan bettors can bet on major professional teams, leagues and events, such as Super Bowl 2021 and World Cup. The Detroit Tigers became the first MLB franchise to sign a promotional deal with an online sportsbook when they joined forces with PointsBet earlier this season. PointsBet Michigan app is designated as an Authorized Gaming Operator of MLB, and was granted rights to use official MLB data along with MLB marks and logos within PointsBet products.
Detroit’s busy professional sports landscape also includes the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. The PGA Tour makes an annual stop in the Detroit area with the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The Meijer LPGA Classic is held annually near Grand Rapids.
Minor pro franchises in the state include the Grand Rapids Drive of the G League, the NBA’s official basketball feeder league. Bets may also be available for games involving teams such as the Flint City Bucks of USL League Two Soccer, Detroit City FC of the National Independent Soccer League, the Lansing United of United Women’s Soccer, and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL and Kalamazoo K-Wings of the ECHL.
Michigan is allowing betting on in-state college sports. That means fans of the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and other schools around the state such as Oakland, the University of Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Ferris State, Grand Valley State and Wayne State can get action on their favorite teams.
Sports Betting Laws And Taxes in Michigan
Michigan’s online sportsbook and casino operators are paying significantly for the right to activate their product in the state. A five-year operating license includes a $50,000 application fee, a $100,000 initial license fee and annual operating fees of $50,000.
Michigan will operate with a tiered taxation system on its online betting products. The gauge starts are 20 percent up to revenue of $4 million. It grows to as much as 28 perent on revensive of over $12 million.
In Detroit, the three commercial casinos are also required to ante up an additional 1.25 percent in the form of a city tax.
When will sports gambling be legal in Michigan?
Gambling on sports in Michigan was legalized in late 2019. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer passed a raft of bills regulating and legalizing online gaming on sports betting, fantasy sports, and casino games.
The Lawful Sports Betting Act allowed the Michigan Gaming Control Board to accept license applications from existing land-based casinos. Sports betting revenue in Michigan will be subject to an 8.4% tax.
The three commercial casinos in Detroit moved forward and opened retail sportsbooks in 2020. Some tribal casinos in Michigan have also opened land-based sportsbooks.
In September 2020, FireKeepers Casino became the first tribal casino to open a retail sportsbook. FireKeepers’ operator, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, signed a deal with Scientific Games to provide sportsbook software.
In addition, brick ‘n mortar casinos will be allowed to open online sportsbooks accepting real-money sports gambling. The first online sportsbooks in Michigan are set to launch in late 2020 or 2021. Mobile sports betting will also be available.
Online gambling companies will be allowed to operate in Michigan if they have partnerships with land-based casino operators.
In 2020, nearly a dozen online sports betting operators have struck deals with Michigan land-based casinos and tribes. These include:
- DraftKings (Bay Mills Indian Community)
- Scientific Games (Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi)
- Golden Nugget Online Gambling (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community)
- BetAmerica (Hannahville Indian Community)
- GAN (Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians)
- FanDuel (MotorCity Casino, Detroit)
- The Stars Group/FOX Bet (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians)
- William Hill (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians)
- BetMGM (MGM Grand Detroit)
- Barstool (GreekTown Casino, Detroit)
- PointsBet (Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians)
Online sportsbooks and betting apps in Michigan will likely offer a similar range of betting markets to gambling sites in other regulated states. Gamblers over 21 will have access to hundreds of markets in sports like basketball, baseball, and football. College football will likely be prohibited if games involve Michigan teams.
Plus, Michigan sports bettors will be able to place real money wagers on big overseas contests like Wimbledon and the soccer World Cup. Both single bets and parlays will be permitted, as well as Futures wagers on the year’s big competitions.
Michigan online sportsbooks will offer new players welcome bonuses including free bets and cashback on losing wagers. The best sites will likely offer added incentives like loyalty programs and enhanced odds on popular games.
What sports bets are you allowed to make at Michigan online sportsbooks?
Whilst online sports betting has yet to launch in Michigan, a handful of casinos, including the state’s three big commercial sites, are already operating on-site retail sportsbooks.
The Greektown, Motor City and MGM Grand casinos were quick to partner up with some of the biggest names in online sports betting and start laying the foundations of their sports betting operations.
In early March 2020 all three commercial, land-based casinos started taking customer bets in their own dedicated sports lounges. In each of these venues you’ll find both digital kiosks and live windows where you can wager on a host of professional and college sports. But these lounges are almost certainly a precursor to their plans for launching online sportsbooks and apps.
You can now wager on a huge choice of professional and college live sports in Michigan. These include baseball, basketball, football, soccer, racing, hockey, golf, boxing, and UFC. The state’s three major casinos allow you to place a variety of wagers, which include straight bets, parlays, teasers, prop bets, futures, handicaps, money lines and round robins.
FanDuel and BetMGM’s existing sportsbooks in New Jersey cover a far wider range of sports betting. Here you can also bet on sports including Aussie Rules football, college basketball and football, NASCAR, handball, and table tennis.
DraftKings also offers a comprehensive range of Daily Fantasy Sports betting in Michigan. Having partnered up with Greektown Casino, you can expect that DraftKings has big plans to roll out its full online sports betting operations in 2020 or 2021.
Michigan gamblers can look forward to a huge range of online sports betting opportunities very soon. Current estimates for the launch of fully functioning websites and apps vary from late 2020 to early 2021.
Major Gambling Events in the USA and Michigan Teams In Them
With both the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference postponing the start of their football schedules, there is a dearth of sporting events that include teams from the state of Michigan. The Detroit Tigers failed to make the expanded Major League Baseball postseason, and the 2020-21 NBA and NHL seasons won’t begin until at least December.
Lions Carrying Michigan Sports
That leaves the Detroit Lions as the only game in town, though they are now 1-3 after falling to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Detroit was coming off its first win of the NFL season last week, but it continues to struggle to get itself into playoff contention.
The NFL is always a big attraction for sports bettors, especially the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the Lions have yet to make an appearance in the biggest sports betting event there is.
Later this month, Michigan and Michigan State are scheduled to start their 2020 football seasons after the Big Ten decided to play football this fall.
Michigan is considered a potential contender for the Big Ten title under coach Jim Harbaugh, while Michigan State is entering its first season under new head coach Mel Tucker.
Neither the Detroit Pistons nor the Detroit Red Wings were part of the restarts of the NBA and NHL seasons, respectively, so neither team has had a game since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March.
How soon the two leagues will start their 2020-21 seasons is anyone’s guess since the NBA Finals are still going on currently, and the Stanley Cup Final was just completed. Both teams have struggled to even make it to the postseason in recent years.
When college basketball starts back up, Michigan State will be one of the top teams in the Big Ten. The Spartans have won three straight conference titles and are almost always among the nation’s top teams under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo.
Michigan has also had some success nationally in recent years and will enter its second season under head coach and former player Juwan Howard.
When one of the biggest betting events in sports — the NCAA Tournament — comes around, Michigan State and Michigan are almost always in the field.
Boys of Summer
The Detroit Tigers have been another Michigan professional team that has struggled to make it to the postseason in recent years. The Tigers are perhaps the most beloved professional team in the state, but they haven’t contended for a title for a while.
- Michigan Sports Betting Sites
- Future Betting Apps in Michigan
- Brick And Mortar Sportsbooks
- When will sports gambling be legal in Michigan?
- What sports bets are you allowed to make at Michigan online sportsbooks?
- Major Gambling Events in the USA and Michigan Teams In Them
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