Michigan Approves 15 Sportsbooks for Early 2021 Launch

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Michigan officials conditionally approved 15 separate companies Thursday to launch online sportsbooks, nearly all of which also earned approval for online casino gaming.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board indicated that none of the conditional licensees will go live before the end of 2020, but the latest approval indicates most if not all will be live by early 2021.

The MGCB must sign off on each provisional license holder individually, said the board’s executive director, Richard Kalm, in a statement. Kalm said the launch depends on how quickly applicants can fulfill final testing requirements, including independent testing certification and occupational licensing for key employees.

Michigan law also requires at least one commercial casino and one Native American casino to earn approval before online sports betting can begin.

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Officials believe this process will conclude in January, some time ahead of the upcoming Super Bowl, which is traditionally the most wagered-upon sporting event in the country. Once live, eligible bettors physically within state lines will be able to register, deposit and bet from any of the approved sportsbooks and online casino sites. You can pre-register at DraftKings and FanDuel now.

Here’s the key details for all 15 of the approved Michigan sports betting operators:

William Hill

  • Retail Sportsbook Location: Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel (Williamsburg); Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge (Peshawbestown – satellite location)
  • Retail Partner: Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
  • Online Casino: Yes


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: MotorCity Casino Hotel (Detroit)
  • Retail Partner: Ilitch Holdings
  • Online Casino: Yes


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: MGM Grand Detroit
  • Retail Partner: MGM
  • Online Casino: Yes


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: Island Resort & Casino (Harris)
  • Retail Partner: Hannahville Indian Community
  • Online Casino: Yes


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: Bay Mills Resort & Casino (Brimley)
  • Retail Partner: Bay Mills Indian Community
  • Online Casino: Yes


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: NA (affiliated with Kewadin casinos in Christmas, Hessel, Manistique, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace)
  • Retail Partner: Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Online Casino: Yes

Golden Nugget

  • Retail Sportsbook Location: NA (affiliated with Ojibwa casinos in Marquette and Baraga)
  • Retail Partner: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • Online Casino: Yes

Scientific Games

  • Retail Sportsbook Location: FireKeepers Casino Hotel (Battle Creek)
  • Retail Partner: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
  • Online Casino: Yes


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: Gun Lake Casino (Wayland)
  • Retail Partner: Gun Lake Tribe
  • Online Casino: Yes

Barstool Sports

  • Retail Sportsbook Location: Greektown Casino-Hotel (Detroit)
  • Retail Partner: Penn National Gaming
  • Online Casino: Yes


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: The Lac Vieux Desert Northern Waters Casino Resort (Watersmeet)
  • Retail Partner: Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • Online Casino: Yes


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: Little River Casino (Manistee)
  • Retail Partner: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
  • Online Casino: Yes

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  • Retail Sportsbook Location: Four Winds Casinos (New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford)
  • Retail Partner: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
  • Online Casino: No


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: Odawa Casino Resort (Petoskey)
  • Retail Partner: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Online Casino: Yes


  • Retail Sportsbook Location: NA (affiliated with Kewadin casinos in Christmas, Hessel, Manistique, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace)
  • Retail Partner: Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Online Casino: Yes
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