Michigan Sports Betting Revenue

Each month, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) releases a revenue report detailing revenue for the three commercial casinos in Detroit. As of March 2020, this report also includes sports betting.

What this report does not include is how much sports betting revenue and bets the tribal casinos are generating. They are sovereign and not part of this report, so be advised these numbers represent just a small piece of all the sports betting revenue in the state.

The regulator reports the following numbers for Greektown Casino-Hotel, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino:

  • Adjusted gross receipts (The sportsbooks’ revenue, the total amount remaining after paying winners)
  • Handle (The total amount of bets accepted)
  • Taxes (8.4% of adjusted gross revenues: 3.78% to the state and 4.62% to the city of Detroit). The three Detroit casinos pay an additional 1.25% tax to the city of Detroit.

All-time Michigan sports betting numbers

Dollars of sports wagers

Total lifetime MI sports betting handle

Dollars of sports betting revenue

Total sports betting revenue in MI history

Tax dollars for the state

Total sports betting taxes to date for MI

Revenue for Michigan sports betting by operator since launch

Last updated: November 10, 2020

CasinoHandleRevenueState tax (3.78%)City of Detroit tax (4.62%)
MGM Grand Detroit$43,667,313.40$6,827,587.10$258,082.79$315,434.52
Greektown Casino-Hotel$18,737,108.67 $2,975,123.28$112,459.66$137,450.70
MotorCity Casino$33,558,542.00$4,253,269.72$160,773.60$196,501.06

Historic MI sports betting revenue

Here is a look at how each month of Michigan sports betting has gone:

October 2020

CasinoHandleRevenueState tax (3.78%)City of Detroit tax (4.62%)
MGM Grand Detroit$20,937,943.60$3,713,953.05$140,387.43$171,584.63
MotorCity Casino$15,275,774.00 $2,197,484.72$83,064.92$101,523.79
Greektown Casino-Hotel$9,907,106.05 $1,685,534.57 $63,713.21$77,871,70

September 2020

CasinoHandleRevenueState tax (3.78%)City of Detroit tax (4.62%)
MGM Grand Detroit$14,682,036.25$2,096,337.55$79,241.56$96,850.79
MotorCity Casino$12,968,139.00$1,557,561.00$58,875.81$71,959.32
Greektown Casino-Hotel$5,853,753.49$722,508.89$27,310.84$33,379.91

August 2020

CasinoHandleRevenueState tax (3.78%)City of Detroit tax (4.62%)
MGM Grand Detroit$7,561.607.25$932,601.10$35,252.32$43,086.17
MotorCity Casino$5,300,122.00$493,275.00$18,645.80$22,789.31
Greektown Casino-Hotel$2,882,526.49$551,175.78$20,834.44$25,464.32

July 2020

No revenue

June 2020

No revenue

May 2020

No revenue

April 2020

No revenue

March 2020

CasinoHandleRevenueState tax (3.78%)City of Detroit tax (4.62%)
MGM Grand Detroit$485,726.30$84,695.40$3,201.49$3,912.93
Greektown Casino-Hotel$93,722.64$15,904.04$601.17$734.77
MotorCity Casino$14,507.00$4,949.00$187.07$228.64

Initial sports betting revenue projections

Legislative analysis for the Lawful Sports Betting Act, signed in December 2019 by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, estimated a mature market range of $175-$225 million from sports betting at tribal and commercial casinos.

Those estimates, at a then-proposed 8.75% tax rate, would’ve netted public entities $7.7-$9.8 million from the Detroit casinos and $9.4 to $12.1 million from tribal casinos.

At the time, however, the analysis noted that tribes could discontinue payments to the state because the expansion of gambling could void terms of their compacts.

It also noted that online sports betting would ultimately make up 80-90% of the total adjusted gross receipts.

Rep. Robert Kosowski raised the first two pieces of legislation related to Michigan sports betting in 2015. When the bills were being considered by the state House of Representatives in 2015, analysts looked west.

In its legislative analysis of H 4669, the House Fiscal Agency used proportional information from Nevada in 2014 to estimate Michigan would receive $25-$30 million in adjusted gross receipts.

That would result in $2.0-$2.4 million to the state school aid fund at a proposed 8.1% tax rate, and $2.7-$3.3 million to the city of Detroit using a 10.9% tax rate.

There was caution, however, that any expansion of gambling would put tribal compacts in jeopardy and create additional administrative costs.

Whitmer’s announcement upon signing the bills indicated an estimate of $19 million of new revenue, including $4.8 million to the School Aid Fund and $4 million into the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund.

Online sports betting coming later to Michigan

Sports betting apps and online casinos should have a profound impact on the Michigan online gambling market.

Each of Detroit’s three commercial casinos and the 12 federally recognized Native American tribes can partner with an online operator when online gambling goes live.

The MGCB originally pegged early 2021 as a start estimate after the rule-making process is completed. However, executive director Richard Kalm said at a June meeting that he’s “cautiously optimistic” Michigan could launch before the end of 2020.

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