The music is about to stop in the game of musical chairs that is the Michigan online gambling market.
Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) found a landing spot before it was too late on Wednesday. The famed horse racing company will launch BetAmerica in Michigan through a partnership with the Hannahville Indian Community.
The Upper Peninsula tribe operates Island Resort & Casino in Harris. BetAmerica will operate a retail sportsbook there to go along with its online sports betting and online casino options, according to a news release announcing the deal.
Hannahville tribe one of the final online skins
The number of partners available for online access in Michigan continues to dwindle.
Some Michigan tribes are also planning on launching their own branded apps.
Meanwhile, at least 11 online companies have struck deals to join a robust online sports betting market, which is expected to launch this fall.
|Brand||Partner||Launch Date||Retail Launch|
|BetMGM Sportsbook||MGM Grand Detroit||Jan. 22||Opened March 11, 2020|
|BetRivers Sportsbook||Little River Band of the Ottawa Indians||Jan. 22||Opened July 17, 2020|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Bay Mills Indian Community||Jan. 22||Expected soon|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||MotorCity Casino||Jan. 22||Opened March 12, 2020|
|FOX Bet Sportsbook||Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians||Expected soon||Opened Sept, 24 2020|
|PointsBet Sportsbook||Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians||Jan. 22||Expected soon|
|William Hill Sportsbook||Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians||Jan. 22||Opened Sept. 18, 2020|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Greektown Casino||Jan. 22||Opened March 11, 2020 (temporary)|
|Golden Nugget Sports||Keweenaw Bay Indian Community||Jan. 22||Expected in early 2021|
|Parx Casino||Gun Lake Tribe||Expected soon||Opened Oct. 3, 2020|
|TBD/FireKeepers Casino||Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indians||Expected soon||Opened June 22, 2020|
|TBD/Four Winds Casino||Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians||Expected soon||Opened July 13, 2020|
|TBD/Soaring Eagle Casino||Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe||Expected soon||Announced for mid-January 2021|
|TwinSpires Sportsbook||Hannahville Indian Community||Jan. 22||Opened Sept. 10, 2020|
|Wynn Sportsbook||Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians||Jan. 22||Kiosks only, Dec. 14, 2020|
Churchill Downs one of gambling’s biggest brands
CDI launched BetAmerica in 2007. The company owns famed Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville and its Kentucky Derby.
According to Online Poker Report, BetAmerica was just a racebook for 10 years until a partnership with SBTech expanded the brand. The company plans to transition soon to a GAN platform and Kambi sportsbook.
“We are pleased to be able to offer sports fans throughout Michigan our innovative BetAmerica sportsbook and iGaming product,” said Bill Mudd, COO of CDI, in a news release. “Guests of Island Resort & Casino, as well as online players in Michigan, will be able to access sports betting, the best in online casino games and unique promotions through BetAmerica.”
BetAmerica is online in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and operates an online sportsbook in Indiana.
Another tribal sportsbook on deck in Michigan
The retail sportsbook will soon join a growing list of tribal options across the state.
Little River Casino in Manistee became the fifth tribal sportsbook when it opened the River Rock Sportsbook & Grill this month. There are eight in all, including the three Detroit casinos, which will reopen on Aug. 5.
Island Resort could have the first UP sportsbook, though others are also in the works.
“We are incredibly excited about our new partnership with BetAmerica,” said Kenneth Meshigaud, Hannahville Indian Community tribal chairperson, in a statement. “The BetAmerica sportsbook will expand upon our already compelling number of entertainment options. It provides another great reason to come and visit us up here on Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.”