Michigan Brings Legal Online Sports Betting and iGaming to Players

The state of Michigan proceeded with launching its online sports betting and iGaming sectors on Friday, Jan. 22, with nine operators providing their products to residents of the state. Receiving their official licenses from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), big-name brands like DraftKings (NASDAQ: DKNG), William Hill (LON: WMH), Golden Nugget (NASDAQ: GNOG), and BetMGM began taking wagers from avid Michigan gamblers.

Additional operators are expected to be authorized to proceed with providing their services to players from Michigan in the coming days and weeks. As things stand, agency staff are in the process of reviewing other submissions that have been received recently. This is to ensure that they meet the state’s regulatory requirements for online gambling operations.

Richard Kalm MGCB Executive Director

Michigan residents love sports and, judging by inquiries we’ve received, eagerly anticipate using mobile devices to place bets through the commercial and tribal casinos.

Richard KalmMGCB Executive Director

The launch of online sports betting and iGaming is expected to be quite the money maker for Michigan. While some have deemed it to be the new dawn for online sports gambling operations, it’s actually more likely to be a recovery plan following the shutdown of many betting establishments due to COVID-19.

Anyone wanting to involve themselves with online sports betting in Michigan is required to download one or more gambling apps to a mobile device. The different casinos have partnered up with different apps, so it is all about finding one that caters to each specific player’s needs and wants.

These apps then require certain details from players, and they all necessitate GPD tracking to operate. This ensures bettors are participating from inside Michigan’s borders.

All but one of the nine authorized operators are providing online casino and sports betting options for registered users. The Greektown Casino in unison with Penn Sports/Barstool Sportsbook is the only one solely offering online sports betting to players.

The authorized operators and tribes/casinos are:

  • Bay Mills Indian Community with DraftKings
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians with William Hill
  • Greektown Casino with Penn Sports/Barstool Sportsbook
  • Hannahville Indian Community with TwinSpires
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community with Golden Nugget Online Gaming
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians with Rush Street
  • MGM Grand Detroit with BetMGM/Roar Digital
  • MotorCity Casino with FanDuel
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians with Wynn

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