Michigan Nears Launch of Online Gambling
There is good news for gamblers in the state of Michigan as online sports betting and casino games may become legal as soon as this month if state lawmakers waive the remaining time they have to examine the proposed licensing laws.
According to the Republican Sen. Pete Lucido, who is chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), the group of ten legislators are expected to approve the new regulations this week. It comes almost a year after the Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer first approved online gambling and sports betting.
From the start of last spring, sports fans were able to place bets in person at casinos. However, mobile sports betting, online poker and other casino games will not be legal until the three commercial casinos in Detroit, the twenty-four tribal casinos, and suppliers such as Barstool and FanDuel receive their licenses.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Locido from Macomb County's Shelby Township said that everyone is eager for internet gambling to start, “This is something that's long overdue at this point. It's being done in other states. We're losing opportunity costs.” He also pointed out that the casinos in Detroit, which have had to close due to coronavirus restrictions, will benefit from the introduction of mobile gambling.
The spokeswoman for the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Mary Kay Bean, said, “If we hear the waiver request was approved by JCAR, we are hopeful that online gaming and sports betting can start this year.”