Michigan One Of 5 States That Allow NCAA Player Prop Bets, Unlike Ohio

Written By Drew Ellis on February 28, 2024
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NCAA player prop betting has become a hot topic recently in the United States.

With some states outright banning them and others not allowing in-state prop bets, it’s important to know what’s offered in Michigan.

Prop betting on college athletics is legal at Michigan online sportsbooks.

Ohio shifts course, bans NCAA player prop betting

Recently, the state of Ohio elected to reverse course on its initial policy allowing NCAA player prop betting. Beginning Friday, the state will ban all such bets on college athletes.

This move by the Ohio Casino Control Commission came after the NCAA sent a letter to the OCCC proposing the ban.

Operators in Ohio will have until March 1 to implement the changes and void any outstanding NCAA player prop bets.

Ohio’s decision is based on concerns of protecting student-athletes from threats and harassment that can come from sports bettors.

“Today’s decision by the Ohio Casino Control Commission to prohibit player-specific prop bets on collegiate competitions marks a significant step in the protection of student-athlete well-being and game integrity,” NCAA President Charlie Baker said in a statement.

“I thank The Commission for recognizing the serious threats posed by prop bets and implementing controls to help safeguard student-athlete mental-health from the risks of sports betting harassment and abuse.”

Michigan allows NCAA player prop betting

Despite the recent switch from Ohio, Michigan still remains a market that allows NCAA player prop betting.

After originally not allowing it upon the legalization of sports betting in the state back in 2020, Michigan now has no restrictions on college player prop bets.

Michigan is just one of five states that has online sports betting with no restrictions on such NCAA bets.

The mitten joins Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland and Wyoming as states without restrictions.

In Michigan, bettors have the options to place prop wagers on specific players to hit statistical milestones within a game. They can also wager on team props, such as total points and other stats offered by sportsbooks.

Those rules apply to any teams where markets have been created by the oddsmakers, including in-state programs like Michigan, Michigan State, etc.

PlayMichigan reached out to the Michigan Gaming Control Board to see if there were any consideration to changing the state’s policy toward NCAA player performance betting. The request was not immediately returned.

10 states now banning NCAA player props

Ohio will join nine other states that aren’t accepting NCAA player prop bets going forward.

The other nine states include:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

On top of these limitations, there are other states that restrict prop betting on any team and player within their state boundaries. Some states also don’t allow for betting on any NCAA props for games taking place within their state.

For instance, New Jersey doesn’t allow for any kind of betting on in-state college teams or players, as well as events that take place within the state.

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Drew Ellis is currently the Lead Writer of PlayILottery.com. He was the former Lead Writer of PlayMichigan, the No. 1 source for online gambling news in Michigan. A lifelong resident of the state, Ellis has been working in various forms of media since 1998, including more than a decade in the sports betting industry prior to transitioning into US casino markets in 2020.

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