If you want to bet on sports and do so using a sportsbook with a strong Michigan connection, look no further than FireKeepers Sportsbook. FireKeepers is owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, which also owns and operates FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek.
At FireKeepers, you can wager on sports remotely using your smartphone, computer or tablet. And if you are new to the online sportsbook, you’ll receive a matching bonus on your first bet for up to $500 when you create an account.
On this page, we’ll review that welcome bonus at FireKeepers online sportsbook, along with the betting options it offers, available banking methods, the sportsbook app and other key areas to see how it stacks up against other Michigan sportsbooks.
Although many Michigan sportsbooks offer risk-free first bets, the FireKeepers sign-up bonus is potentially even better. That’s because those offers only kick in if your first bet loses. At FireKeepers Sportsbook, you receive a free wager equal in amount to the first wager you place whether it wins or loses.
|Online Sportsbook||FireKeepers Sportsbook Michigan|
|Bonus Code||None - Use Links|
|First Bet Matching Bonus||Up to $500|
|Online Since||July 2021 in Michigan|
|Last Updated||October 2021|
Here are the main terms and conditions to be aware of for FireKeepers Sportsbook’s first-bet bonus:
All in all, we have nothing negative to say about this offer. In a perfect world, you’ll win your first bet, get a free wager and win that one, as well.
Yes. On top of offering gambling in the state starting when its retail casino opened in 2009, FireKeepers also is a licensed online sportsbook. The Michigan Gaming Control Board granted FireKeepers a sports betting license in July 2021, indicating that it’s a legal and safe online sportsbook.
If you encounter any problems with FireKeepers, or any Michigan sportsbooks for that matter, you can contact the MGCB by calling 313-456-4100.
As for Michigan sports betting laws as a whole, there are a few you should know about:
Opening a new account with the FireKeepers online sportsbook takes just a couple of minutes, and you can complete the process remotely. Just head to the site and select “Join Now” in the upper right corner. Next, you’ll need to enter a few personal details:
You also must check a few boxes confirming you are 21 or older and are not banned from having an account with FireKeepers. Once you submit the form, a new window will open asking for the last four digits of your Social Security number. This is a requirement as well. Once that’s done, your FireKeepers Sportsbook account will be ready to go.
FireKeepers has both an iOS app and Android app. Both work very well, and although the iOS version is just a touch easier to download, neither takes more than a couple of minutes to get installed on your mobile device. Here’s a rundown of how to download both versions.
If you are using the FireKeepers website, all you need to do is click the “Promotions” header near the top of the webpage. On the app, you have to click on your account and then scroll down to find the tab for the FireKeepers promotions page.
But, at the moment, you likely will not find many promotional offers when you go there. At the time of this writing, the only FireKeepers promotions were for the welcome bonuses at the online sportsbook and online casino. We’ll keep checking back to see if FireKeepers offers any additional promos in the future.
FireKeepers has a variety of things going for it. During our review, here were some of the ones that stood out:
Here are some of the areas that stood out as potentially needing improvements:
FireKeepers offers all the standard bets that you’ll find at legal sportsbooks in Michigan. Here’s an example of a game listing to help explain your main options:
|Detroit Lions||+9.5 (-110)||+310||Over 54.5 (-110)|
|Green Bay Packers]||-9.5 (-110)||-410||Under 54.5 (-110)|
Yes, you absolutely can bet on the Detroit Pistons at FireKeepers, along with any other NBA team. You also can place futures bets on the Pistons throughout most of the year. If you are new to NBA betting, you might want to familiarize yourself with some of these options:
Here are your options for funding your FireKeepers account and for withdrawing funds when the time comes:
|Deposit Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|Visa, Mastercard Debit/Credit Card||$10||Instant|
|FireKeepers Play+ Card||$10||Instant|
|Withdrawal Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|E-check||No Minimum||Up to 72 Hours|
|FireKeepers Play+ Card||No Minimum||Up to 72 Hours|
You also can head to the casino cage and make deposits and withdrawals at FireKeepers Casino Hotel. Just make sure you have proper identification and all your login information.
If you need help from a FireKeepers customer service rep, you have a number of options:
Additionally, you can turn to the help page for a self-help answer to your problem. We find these are usually good places to start. If you can’t find an answer after a minute or two, then try whichever other option is most convenient to you.
FireKeepers offers a variety of responsible gambling features. When you click on “My Account” and then “Responsible Gaming,” you’ll find a number of choices. Under “Limits,” you can impose limits for depositing, wagering and the amount of time you can spend on the site. Under “Cool Off,” you can shut down your FireKeepers account for anywhere from three to 365 days. And under “Self Exclusion,” you can request to shutter your sportsbook account for one or five years.
Yes. FireKeepers has a retail sportsbook located at FireKeepers Casino Hotel. It’s called Dacey’s Sportsbook and Taphouse and has room for 125 patrons on the main level with a mezzanine that provides additional seating. It also serves food and drinks and has multiple TVs for watching live action.
FireKeepers is a fine online sportsbook in Michigan. Whether it’s better than some of the other top books in the state, though, is another matter. Here’s how FireKeepers compares with some of its competitors:
When you create an account and place a wager of at least $25, the sportsbook will offer a matching bet for that initial amount, up to $500.
No. As things currently stand, FireKeepers is only available for use in Michigan. The online sportsbook will track your location to ensure you meet the geographical requirement if you want to bet.
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi owns and operates the online sportsbook, along with FireKeepers Casino Hotel. The casino has been in operation since 2009 and has undergone numerous renovations and additions in that time, including the addition of a second hotel tower in the summer of 2021.
You have three options for cashing out any winnings at FireKeepers. You can request an e-check, receive the money on your FireKeepers Play+ prepaid debit card or collect your winnings in person at the casino cage at FireKeepers Casino Hotel.
To a small extent, you can. Gambling winnings are taxable income in the US and in Michigan. As such, you can use your losses to help cancel out any winnings when doing your taxes. We’re not tax accountants, though, so if you have questions, consider consulting with a professional.
Yes. You can wager on in-state college teams in Michigan. That means you also can bet on the Michigan Wolverines and many of the other Division I colleges and universities in the state. Michigan prohibits prop bets on individual college athletes, however. (Team prop bets are often available and legal.)