SI Sportsbook Live In Michigan, Replaces TwinSpires

Written By Drew Ellis on August 29, 2022 - Last Updated on September 15, 2022

SI Sportsbook is live in Michigan.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board approved 888 Holdings’ VHL, Michigan LLC to be the new online platform provider for Island Resort & Casino.

Run by the Hannahville Indian Community, Island Resort & Casino opted into an agreement with 888 Holdings after TwinSpires elected to leave the internet gaming industry.

The new agreement and approval from the MGCB has opened the door for SI Sportsbook MI to launch for Michigan sports bettors. It is now available for users, effective at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

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Currently only sports betting available at SI Sportsbook Michigan

Sports Illustrated is only able to operate as an online sportsbook for the time being.

Hannahville Indian Community and 888 Holding have requested the MGCB to authorize internet sports betting only at this time. They are likely to seek approval for online casino operation later this year.

“The Hannahville tribe is the first operator in Michigan to change platform providers since internet gaming and sports betting began here in January 2021,” said Henry Williams, MGCB executive director. “The tribe has found another experienced partner, and I wish them continued success.”

TwinSpires ended operations in MI, SI Sportsbook taking over

In late August, TwinSpires announced to its users that it would be closing its Michigan online casino and sportsbook on Sept. 6.

It is the final step in the plan to exit Michigan’s iGaming industry that TwinSpires first decided to do last February.

With the exit, Island Resort & Casino had been in the works to secure a new online operator. SI Sportsbook was ultimately their choice.

When attempting to sign up in Michigan last week, SI indicated “SI_sportsbook-MI does not provide services in your location at this time.” In that phrase “at this time” was the key phrase.

Island Resort & Casino told PlayMichigan this past week it did not have a set launch date for the new operator, but would be announcing in September.

What is SI Sportsbook?

Sports Illustrated Sportsbook has partnered with 888Sport, a well-known brand in Europe that is operating in New Jersey. 888 Atlantic Limited is a licensed supplier in Michigan.

SI Sportsbook is also currently available in Virginia and Colorado.

What sports bettors will be able to expect out of SI Sportsbook MI is:

  • Guaranteed welcome bonus: Many online sportsbooks offer a welcome bonus of a risk-free bet. The problem with this is that you only receive a benefit if your first bet loses. At SI Sportsbook, you get your bonus regardless of whether your first bet wins or loses. A $10 bet nets you $80 in free bets. That $80 is split into eight $10 bets.
  • Competitive betting odds: SI online sportsbook has relatively competitive betting odds that generally compare well against the rest of the industry. There isn’t too much juice baked into the sports betting lines.
  • Variety of promotions: The SI Sportsbook makes sure to keep things fresh by offering a variety of betting promotions. The promotions are also often creative, which helps keep things fun.

Does SI Sportsbook have an online casino?

As of now, SI Sportsbook is just a sports betting platform and does not have online casino function.

Island Resort & Casino, along with 888 Holdings, are expected to seek online casino approval later in 2022.

 

Screenshots taken from SI Sportsbook.

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Drew Ellis is the 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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