What To Know About Michigan’s Legal Gambling Age And Playing Online

Posted on November 19, 2020

The legal gambling age in Michigan is not always what it seems.

With 23 tribal casinos across Michigan, three commercial casinos in Detroit, and online gambling on the horizon, the legal age to bet ranges from 18 to 21.

In fact, many of the state’s tribal gaming facilities have a lower age for entrance than Detroit.

But while Central Michigan University students can gamble at Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Mount Pleasant at 18 years old, those same students won’t be able to gamble online when it goes live.

Here are the nuts and bolts of legally gambling in-person and online in Michigan.

How old do I have to be to gamble online in Michigan?

The legal gambling age at Detroit casinos has always been 21.

That’s true for Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and MotorCity Casino, which are regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Since online gambling will be governed by the MGCB, too, the legal gambling age for Michigan online players has a similar 21-and-older age requirement.

Online operators that partnered with any of Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes also face this same age requirement.

What’s the legal gambling age for Michigan tribal casinos?

Because tribes are sovereign entities and not overseen by the MGCB, each tribe sets its own age limits. So it varies based on the tribe.

Here is a list of Michigan tribal casinos that require players to be 18 and older:

  • Bay Mills Casino, Brimley
  • Island Resort Casino, Harris
  • Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown
  • Little River Casino Resort, Manistee
  • Northern Waters Casino Resort, Watersmeet
  • Ojibwa Casinos, Baraga and Marquette
  • Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, Standish
  • Soaring Eagle Casino Resort, Mount Pleaasant
  • Turtle Creek Casino, Williamsburg

Here is a list of the casinos that require players to be 19 and older:

  • Kewadin Casinos, Christmas, Hessel, Manistique, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace
  • Odawa Casino, Petoskey

However, six tribal casinos have a 21-and-older age requirement:

  • FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek
  • Four Winds Casinos, Dowagiac, Hartford, and New Buffalo
  • Gun Lake Casino, Wayland
  • Odawa Casino, Mackinaw City

How old do I have to be to gamble legally in Canada?

Meanwhile, in Canada, the legal gambling age is 19.

Prior to coronavirus restrictions shutting down the US/Canada border, college-aged Michiganders could cross the border to play at neighboring Canadian casinos.

Those casinos include Caesars Windsor, Starlight Casino Point Edward near Sarnia, and Gateway Casinos in the Ontario portion of Sault Ste Marie.

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A Michigan native, Matt has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. A versatile sports reporter, Matt has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He's also the host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of a documentary on Emoni Bates. A former blackjack dealer, Matt has studied the industry from all sides.

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