While Detroit casinos cannot offer individual props on college athletes, Michigan tribal casinos can.
As the Big Ten football season opens this weekend, FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek is taking full advantage.
This weekend will serve as the first big local slate of college sports since Michigan sports betting opened in March.
FireKeepers offers 26 college prop bets, parlays
The Mel Tucker era at MSU will open at noon Saturday, and FireKeepers bettors will have their eyes on the opening kickoff for the Spartans.
Dacey’s is offering combo bets for different outcomes of each game parlayed with the first touchdown scored by various players.
Jim Wise, vice president at FireKeepers in charge of sports betting, said there are 26 separate bets listed for the special in each game. Those bets feature players such as Michigan State running back Elijah Collins and Michigan quarterback Joe Milton.
The book is also listing over/under totals for players on a variety of markets including:
- Passing attempts
- Passing touchdowns
- Passing yards
- Rushing yards
Wise said the book will have similar bets listed for next week’s showdown between the Wolverines and Spartans on Oct. 31.
College player props not on the menu in Detroit
The Michigan Gaming Control Board regulates the commercial casinos in Detroit and will oversee the state’s online gambling industry.
However, onsite retail sportsbooks at tribal casinos are not under the board’s purview.
Therefore, books like Dacey’s have more leeway than Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and MotorCity Casino.
The board lists a Sports Wagering Catalog on its website, detailing what’s available for the Detroit casinos. That list, which will be updated over time, will govern offerings for the online sports betting launch later this year, too.