Michigan Online Gambling and Sports Betting News

The latest on online gambling, sports betting, the iLottery, and more.

Welcome to PlayMichigan! This site is dedicated to keeping readers informed about developments related to gambling in the Great Lake State.

Michigan is quickly becoming a very friendly location for gamblers in the US. There are numerous types of land-based and online gambling available statewide.

Additionally, Michigan has added several different types of gambling to the mix. After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the gaming expansion bill on her desk, sports betting, online casinos, online poker, and daily fantasy sports became the law of the land.

Online Sports Betting

Michigan will soon be home to an array of sports betting websites. These online sportsbooks will allow players from across the state take part in wagering on sporting events.

Some of the biggest brands in online sports betting already have partnerships with Michigan casino operators. Apps such as Barstool, BetAmerica, BetMGM, BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel, FOX Bet, Golden Nugget, Parx, PointsBet and William Hill should be active near launch time. In addition, tribal casinos FireKeepers, Four Winds and Soaring Eagle plan to brand their own app.

The latest estimates place launch late in 2020, possibly in November.

Michigan Lottery

Michigan offers a rather expansive set of games for its online lottery offering. Players have the option of playing one of three types of games – draw games, instant win games, and keno – through the Michigan Lottery mobile app.

Draw games are, of course, the popular instate and multistate drawings like Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lotto 47. Players can also choose from dozens of instant scratch games, too. Finally, a bettor may choose his or her favorite numbers for a small session of keno.

Retail Sports Betting

Each of Michigan’s 26 casinos are able to offer sports betting onsite.

The three commercial casinos launched retail sports betting in March 2020 in Detroit. Greektown Casino-Hotel launched a temporary sportsbook, BetMGM Sportsbook was launched at MGM Grand Detroit and FanDuel Sportsbook is live at MotorCity Casino.

FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek launched Dacey’s Sportsbook in June 2020, the first tribal casino sportsbook in Michigan. Four Winds Casinos and Little River Casino launched in summer 2020. Island Resort & Casino launched BetAmerica Sportsbook in September 2020, the first in the Upper Peninsula. More are on the way.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports have been a staple across the US for more than a decade.

In December 2019, Michigan legalized daily fantasy sports, pulling the industry out of a legal grey area. DraftKings and FanDuel, which had already operated under a sort of tacit acceptance from law enforcement, are able to serve Michigan customers without fear of repercussions.

Fantasy Football Players Championship, Fantasy Sports Shark, FullTime Fantasy Sports Network, SportsHub Games Network and Yahoo Fantasy Sports are also active and taxed by the state now.

Casinos and Gambling

Michigan’s new gambling expansion did not stop with sports betting or daily fantasy sports. Online casino gambling is also soon to launch in the Great Lake State.

All 15 of Michigan’s casino operators gained the ability to apply for online casino licenses. Michiganders will soon be able to play their favorite slots and table games from their mobile devices and computers. Latest estimates cite November 2020 for the launch of online casinos.

The law even took the unusual step of granting tax deductions to operators for their free play opportunities. So, there may be some real-world rewards available to customers for little to no investment in the future.

Online Poker

Michigan residents and visitors will be able to play online poker in the state before long. The massive gambling expansion that swept in sports betting, online gambling, and DFS brought poker with it, too.

The 15 casino operators in Michigan are each allowed to have one online poker brand. The exact timeline for launch remains foggy with latest estimates at October 2020. Both operators and regulators have much work to complete.

The new law also did not provide for a multi-state component to online poker. However, state legislators are working to get it added so Michigan players can match up with those in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey.

Michigan gambling and the law

Michigan has a long history with land-based casinos, thanks to its extensive Native American history. Michigan tribes own and operate 23 facilities throughout the state.

In addition, there are 3 commercial casinos in the Detroit area. Michigan is also home to one of the more comprehensive online lotteries in the US.

However, Michigan’s latest gambling expansion is set to move the state into an entirely different paradigm of gaming. Retail sports betting launched on March 11, and daily fantasy sports operators recently became licensed in the state. Online sports betting, online casinos, and online poker are all coming soon to the Wolverine State.

All inhabitants of the state who are 21 or older will have numerous gambling options at their fingertips. As long as the person is of age and inside state lines, they can play.

Here are some of the other tidbits about the new bill:

  • Each casino will be able to open both an online casino and online poker site.
  • The fees to apply are $50,000 – $100,000.
  • Tax rates range from 20% to 28%.
  • Online sportsbooks and casinos can deduct a percentage of their free play expenditures from their gross gaming revenues, which serves as their taxable base.

Michigan FAQ

Is online gambling legal in Michigan?

Yes. By virtue of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature on House Bill 4311, online gambling of many different types is now legal in Michigan.

Can I bet on sports in Michigan?

Yes. Two retail sportsbooks launched on March 11, 2020 in Detroit with a third launching the next day. FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek opened the first tribal casino sportsbook in June. Four Winds Casinos, Little River Casino Resort and Island Resort & Casino have launched sportsbooks with more to follow. Both regulators and operators are still working out the details for online sports betting in Michigan right now. The launch should come this year, possibly in November.

What sports will I be able to bet on?

At retail sportsbooks, Michigan bettors can wager on most major sports throughout the world. Online, nothing is official until a site launches, of course, but it’s safe to assume that most sports will be available for wagering. It will certainly be possible to bet on all the major sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL) as well as many college sports. The only type of sports likely off the table will be high school athletics, which are disallowed universally in all other sports betting states.

What sorts of bets will I be able to make?

Every type of sports bet imaginable is likely to be available in Michigan. Online sportsbooks not only offer every traditional type of sports bet, but also offer some options rarely seen in retail sports betting operations.

Betting types likely to be featured in Michigan include:

  • Point spreads
  • Moneylines
  • Totals (over/under)
  • Futures
  • Propositions
  • Parlays
  • Teasers
  • Round robins
  • Live betting

Live betting will allow players to wager on games already in progress. Online sportsbooks now have the ability to offer hundreds of betting options on each sporting event.

Can I gamble online in Michigan?

There are no online casinos in Michigan yet. Since the bill to legalize became law recently, there are some regulatory and infrastructural questions that remain. As soon as everybody gets their acts together and launches, PlayMichigan will let you know.

Can I play poker online in Michigan?

Soon. Though online poker is legal in the state, there are still practical issues that have to be addressed. It is still unclear which Michigan casinos will offer online poker, but there will soon be numerous options in the state, likely along with multi-state online poker pools.

Once those sites launch, can I gamble from outside Michigan?

No. Due to federal and state law, only persons from inside state lines will be permitted to place wagers.

Online sportsbooks, casinos, and poker rooms will all employ geolocation verification software to ensure that players are in the prescribed area. Due to how this software operates, it is more likely that players inside the state will be falsely rejected than it is for players outside the borders to gain access.

Do I have to be a resident to bet in Michigan?

Not at all. It is only required that players be inside the state at the time they access the site. Even players from other countries can take part if they hop across the border.

How will I be able to fund my account?

Funding options vary from site to site. However, most players will be able to find at least one option on each site that works, both for deposits and withdrawals.

Some of those methods include credit/debit cards, electronic/paper checks, bank/wire transfers, or prepaid cards. It is also likely that players will be able to add to or withdraw from their accounts at the resident casinos of their favorite sites.

What kind of casino games will be available in Michigan?

Once online casinos launch, Michigan residents will have a variety of games to choose from. This includes:

  • Slots
  • Progressive jackpots
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Video Poker

Live dealer games are very popular since it’s the closest thing to being at a casino. That being said, there’s no guarantee that Michigan gambling sites will offer live dealer casinos. Live dealers are available in almost every NJ casino, but not available in Pennsylvania.

Resources

How to bet online in Michigan

Obviously, there are no online sportsbooks, casinos, or poker rooms available in Michigan just yet. However, once they arrive, the process for registering for an account and getting started will be similar across the board.

The procedure will begin with a simple click or press of a button. Online gambling sites tend to denote these buttons with phrases like “Register” or “Sign up” or “Play Now.

The button will lead you to a screen that has blanks for various bits of personal information. You will need to fill out the appropriate boxes for your name, phone number, email address, date of birth, and Social Security number.

You may also be required to select a username, password, and various challenge questions for your security. Make sure that all of these pieces of information are kept in a safe location after you register.

 

However, the process should take no more than a few minutes. After that, you will be able to deposit and get started with your gambling site of choice.

How to download gambling apps

Downloading a betting app in Michigan is a simple action. For many, the procedure for downloading these apps will be no different than for any other type of app.

First and foremost, the vast majority of online gambling sites come with a browser-based version. So, regardless of your format for accessing the site, it will be available in an optimized form through Safari, Chrome, or your browser of choice.

Most people access mobile apps through either an Apple or Android-compatible device. For iOS users (Apple), they will need only search for their desired apps in the App Store to download them.

Android users will likely have to visit their chosen sites directly to access the .apk file for their phones. After a quick settings adjustment to allow for downloads from other sources, the process should move as usual.

Casinos and Sportsbooks in Michigan

Michigan has 26 casinos with 10 active cardrooms for poker players.

There are three retail sportsbooks at the commercial casinos in Detroit: Greektown Casino-Hotel, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino. In addition, FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek was the first Michigan tribal casino to launch a sportsbook. Four Winds Casinos in New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford, and Little River Casino in Manistee have followed.

Keep this page bookmarked, as we will update it with more launches occur.

Responsible Gambling

Gambling is often a fun activity for most. Unfortunately, some gamblers can overdo and push beyond their limits.

Problem gambling costs its sufferers in both money they can’t afford to lose and time they can’t ever recover. However, there are resources in Michigan that can help both problem gamblers and their families begin on the road to recovery.

The Michigan Association on Problem Gambling (MAPG) is Michigan’s affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling. This nonprofit organization’s sole mission is to assist problem gamblers to a healthier and addiction-free life.

The program offers connections to treatment resources and training for counselors and other caregivers who may encounter problem gamblers. The MAPG is an excellent source for information about how to break the cycle of addiction in Michigan’s casinos and other gambling facilities.

One resource that has helped many problem gamblers are the two main support groups for problem gambling. Both Gamblers Anonymous and GAM-ANON have weekly meetings in multiple locations throughout Michigan.

Michigan gamblers can also visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)  for other treatment options. Notably, the MDHHS maintains a list of approved gambling treatment providers on a county-by-county basis so that problem gamblers who want help can find it close to their homes.

Additionally, the MDHHS maintains the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-270-7117. The call is toll-free, and counselors are available 24 hours a day.

Finally, for those who wish to walk away from gambling but cannot, the Michigan Gaming Control Board maintains the Michigan Disassociated Persons List. This list, also known in other states as the self-exclusion list, is a registry of those who have self-barred themselves from gambling in the state.

Those who choose to enroll on this list will be prohibited from entering any casinos throughout the state for a specified length of time. That length of time is up to and including a permanent ban. However, for those who cannot stop, such drastic measures may be necessary to keep them on the path to recovery.

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