Michigan Nearing Online Launch
The Michigan Gaming Control Board has yet to announce an official launch date for online sports betting or online casino gambling, but early 2021 remains the target date.
Residents and Michigan were hoping to have these platforms available by the end of 2020, but time has simply run out.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board just recently conditionally approved at least 15 sports betting operators, but it noted that these would not go into effect until 2021. This means that Michigan is set to miss out on the 2020 NFL regular season, but things should be in place before the Super Bowl.
Each operator that has received conditional approval will now be required to pass final testing requirements before they go live. Each operator will then undergo a final individual review from the Michigan Gaming Control Board before they are available to launch.
Sports betting has been live in Michigan since early March 2020, but the state is off to a slow start. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shut down most retail sportsbooks, leaving the state searching for additional revenue.
Remote registration will be allowed when the state goes live with the industry, which should help sportsbooks get customers signed up quickly. Other states that have required in-person registration have struggled to really take off.
MI Online sports betting can only begin after at least one commercial casino and one tribal casino earn approval before other operators can launch. This has already taken place, and sportsbooks are gearing up for the launch.
Michigan does allow betting on college sporting events, and the state has also missed out on the college football season. College basketball will still be underway, and both the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans are expected to draw plenty of bets.
There will be some kinks that happen in the first few weeks after launch, but things should be rolling smoothly by the start of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
A Look at the 15 Approved Sportsbooks
There are some big names that have already received conditional approval to offer sports betting in Michigan, and that should make for a very competitive market. Most of these sportsbooks have partnered with a tribal casino to enter access into the state.
Here are the 15 sportsbooks that have already received approval:
- Barstool Sportsbook
- FOX Bet
- Golden Nugget
- Scientific Games
- William Hill
- A number of these approved sportsbooks will also be offering MI online casino gambling, but that industry won’t launch until the sports betting industry has been established. This could come just a few weeks later, or it could take a few months.
DraftKings and FanDuel have already started offering bonuses in Michigan as a way to attract new customers. Anyone that pre-registers can receive a bonus offer, and this will last until the first bet is taken at each online sportsbook.
It has been a long road for Michigan to launch online sports betting, but the wait is set to end in just a few short weeks.
BetMGM & Lions offering game ticket promo
The Detroit Lions and BetMGM Sportsbook have a partnership in the state of Michigan, and…
Michigan Poker serving up big rewards
The entire iGaming suite in the state of Michigan continues to grow, but it is…
MI Sports Betting handle August 21
After a couple of difficult months over the summer, sports betting in the state of…
Michigan’s Online Casinos thriving with best ever month
It was another record-setting month for the online casino industry in Michigan, and this has…
NFL Season is back! Get ready Michigan
The 2021 NFL season officially kicked off on Thursday, but things will really heat up…
New Buffalo Casino Sportsbook Lounge
The Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan, has officially opened new retail sports betting…