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Michigan Sportsbooks, Apps, & Tribal or Commercial Casino Partnerships
Plenty of sportsbooks will flood the MI sports betting market over the coming months, particularly as online mobile betting is available. Still, a few partnerships with books were announced and even launched earlier in 2020. Here's what we know:
Pointsbet + LVD
Pointsbet, one of our top-rated, known-to-be-innovative sportsbooks is geared up to launch in Michigan. Pointsbet has partnered with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, known as the LVD. They'll work together to offer online and mobile sports wagering services via LVD's online licenses. They're in it for the long haul, too-the initial term of the agreement is twenty years. Commenting on the partnership, PointsBet CEO Sam Swanell said:
"PointsBet is pleased to have reached agreement for both online sportsbook and online casino operations with such a forward-thinking Tribe, and we look forward to many years of great success working together in Michigan."
For more, you can reference Pointsbet's press release here.
FOX Bet + Odawa
The Stars Group, which includes sportsbook FOX Bet, announced that it entered into an agreement with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Gaming Authority. This enables FOX Bet online betting and gaming market access in the state of Michigan. Robin Chhabra, Chief Executive Officer of FOX Bet, said about the partnership:
"We are excited to announce this agreement with the Odawa tribe, which further strengthens our market access as we work to continue to build our FOX Bet business into one of the leaders in the emerging U.S. online betting and gaming market."
For more detail on FOX Bet's presence in Michigan, reference the FOX Bet press release.
William Hill + GTB
William Hill and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (known as the "GTB”), announced their partneringto provide online sports bettingin Michigan, with plans to open a retail William Hill Sports Book at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel this year, pending approvals. Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, commented on the partnership:
“We are pleased to have found a great partner in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and look forward to working with the Tribe to bring a leading retail and online sports betting experience to sports fans in Michigan...Michigan will be a key state in William Hill’s U.S. expansion due to its large population and deep rooted-sports culture with so many popular college and pro sports teams.”
For more detail, please see more detail on William Hill's site.
FanDuel + Motorcity Casino
FanDuel and Detroit's commerical Motorcity Casino announched a partnership in Match 2020. FanDuel will run all core services affecting betting for the Sportsbook.
Matt King, Chief Executive Officer of FanDuel Group commented on the partnership:
“Detroit is an incredible sports town – the ‘City of Champions’. As we look to expand our national footprint and bring America’s top sportsbook to more customers across the country, this was a perfect fit... It has everything we look for – from the industry leading casino operation to the proud and passionate Midwest fanbase. Exciting things are happening in Detroit, and we couldn’t be more excited about this move to the Motor City.”
For more, reference the FanDuel press release on the topic.
BetMGM + MGM Grand Detroit Casino
Bet MGM Sportsbook will launch at its parent Casino brand. Scott Butera, President of Interactive Gaming for MGM Resorts, commented on the partnership:
"Michigan is home to some of the nation's most enthusiastic sports fans. MGM Resorts and Roar Digital are excited to be opening BetMGM Sports Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit in time for college basketball's tournament season... We worked with the most creative design talent to create a world-class sports book and lounge with amenities that will give our guests an exciting sports viewing experience."
For more, read the MGM press release .
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How Michigan Sports Betting Compares
We graded Michigan on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.
Mobile Betting Options: TBD
Mobile betting is not yet live, which is a disadvantage for Michigan sports bettors. However, with big books gearing up--MI is primed for plenty of sportsbook apps and a competitive online, mobile market. There is a roadmap to legalize! This is currently slotted for 2021, but we're hoping timelines shorten and we see mobile in Q4 2020.
We'll have to see how deposits are set as the sports betting market takes shape.
Fair Pricing: TBD
Fair pricing evaluation is still pending in MI, but at least there will be competition across sportsbook.
Sport Offerings: TBD
We don’t know exactly what sports will be offered as betting options in Michigan yet, so we're waiting to grade.
Michigan Sports Betting Background
Michigan sports betting went live in 2020, with online betting to follow in 2021.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the sports betting bill into law in Dec. 2019, and in-person sportsbooks launched in March 2020 just before American sports went on pause.
Sports betting will eventually be available online, and any of the state's 26 commercial and tribal casinos can apply for a license. They will partner with an existing online operator, or leverage their own sports betting brand (like MGM Grand in Detroit using BetMGM, naturally).
Michigan lawmakers have been pushing for online betting sooner rather than later, spurred on by the economic effects of COVID-19. That would require emergency rules, however, and Governor Whitmer has been hesitant to use those on sports betting bills during a health crisis.
Legislators are getting ready anyway: As of late May, the Michigan Gaming and Control Board began accepting online gaming supplier licensing forms.
From MGCB executive director Richard S. Kalm: "We’ve taken another step toward the launch of online gaming by beginning the licensing process. The MGCB encourages suppliers to file applications soon so we can conduct investigations and issue provisional licenses, which are allowed under state law.
"We continue to make progress on rule promulgation for internet gaming and online sports betting. While we expect to launch these forms of betting by early 2021, we hope it can happen sooner."
We're still projecting early 2021 for state-wide online betting in Michigan, but any buy-in from Whitmer could speed up that timeline.
Michigan has a powerful plan to help community-supporting funds with additional revenue generated.
The Michigan Department of Treasury estimates that this legalization will bring in $19 million in new revenue to Michigan.
This additional revenue will bolster the School Aid Fund by $4.8 million and invest an additional $4 million into the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund (FRPCF).
Governor Whitmer commented on the legalization:
"My top priority in signing this legislation was protecting and investing in the School Aid Fund, because our
students deserve leaders who put their education first
...Thanks in part to the hard work and leadership of Senator Hertel and Representative Warren, these bills will put more dollars in Michigan classrooms and increase
funding for firefighters battling cancer
. This is a real bipartisan win for our state.”
FRPCF provides weekly workers' compensation wage loss and medical benefits to qualified first responders that have developed certain cancers. These are often due to smoke inhalation and exposure to chemicals while on the job.
Short term, Michigan has delayed online betting, which is inconvenient and potentially dangerous for state locals. It's harder to sign up for books, therefore harder to bet--and there is less market engagement.
A 2017 Oxford Economics Analysis on the “Economic Impact of Legalized Sports Betting“ projected that in a scenario of "onvenient availabllity: and low tax rate, a mature Michigan sports betting market would generate $43.7 Million in gaming revenue tax. With 'limited availabilty,' that number drops to $16.8 Million.
Surely, no online mobile betting in Michigan for the time being translates to limited availability.
There are additional, more recent estimates, however: MichiganSharp.com projects that to tal revenue from sports betting, online casinos, and online poker, could earn $650 million in year one of operations, resulting in $93.6 million in tax revenue for the state.
Michigan Sports Betting FAQ
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Sports Betting for MI Beginners
New to sports betting? Check out our 11 sports betting tips for beginners so you can get started placing bets, whether you want to bet on the Detroit Lions or the Pistons.
Sports Betting Glossary
The sports betting lexicon is extensive and can be a lot to take in, especially to new bettors. Check out our sports betting glossary to get up to speed with every term you might need to know.
Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid
Betting on your favorite teams like Detroit Tigers might seem like a no-brainer, but you need to be responsible if you're going to stay up in the sports betting world.
Here are nine mistakes to avoid.
Michigan Sports Betting Timeline
Michigan Teams to Bet on
Both Michigan and Michigan State compete in some longstanding rivalries with some being more historic than others. We expect big bets to be placed on these Michigan and Michigan State games in the future.
Despite three 10-win seasons in the past five years, Michigan hasn't found a way to get over the hump and into national title contention. With Jim Harbaugh still at the helm, the Maize and Blue will face a similar challenge heading into the 2012 season.
- Rivalry #1: vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Perhaps the greatest rivalry in college football, "The Game" is as appealing for those who don't live in Michigan or Ohio as it is for those living in the states. While the Wolverines lead the overall series 58-51-6, the Buckeyes have picked up eight wins in a row, which is one game away from tying the series' longest win streak (Michigan, 9, 1901-1909).
- Rivalry #2: vs Michigan State Spartans With the two teams playing for the Paul Bunyan — Governor of Michigan Trophy, the rivalry is the biggest between in-state teams. Despite the fact the Wolverines lead the overall series 71-36-5, games have been much more tightly-contested in recent years. Michigan has won three of the last four, while Michigan State has taken home the trophy in four of the last seven seasons.
Michigan State Wolverines
The Spartans most recently won a Big Ten title in 2015 under Mark Dantonio, but things will be much different this season. After Dantonio stepped down to move into a different role within the athletics department, the Spartans hired former Colorado coach Mel Tucker to take his place.
- Rivalry #1: vs. Penn State Nittany Lions This rivalry game between two of the best teams in the Big Ten East Division is played for the Land Grant Trophy. Despite the Nittany Lions being ranked in the top 10 each of the past four meetings, both teams have split the series. The Spartans have also won five of the last seven.
NCAA DI Football & Basketball Teams
NCAA DI Basketball Teams
Pro Sports Teams
While it isn't a requirement to have a pro team in-state for a strong sport-specific betting market, it certainly helps momentum. All of Michigan's pro teams play in the Metro Detroit area:
NFL Betting in Michigan
The Detroit Lions. The Lions are Michigan’s pro football team. They play home games at Ford Field in Detroit. National Football Conference North division. The team plays its home games at Ford Field in Detroit. Ready to join the fun? Check out our how to bet on football guide after signing up for a MI Sportsbook.
MLB Betting in Michigan
NHL Betting in Michigan
The Detroit Redwings. The Redwings MI’s pro hockey team, who’s home rink is the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Before putitng money down on the Redwings, though, we recommend reading our thorough how to bet on hockey guide.
NBA Betting in Michigan
The Detroit Pistons (NBA). The Pistons are Michigan's pro basketball team, part of the Eastern Conference Central Division. They share Little Caesar's Arena with the Redwings, located in Midtown. We recommend Detroit sportsfans read our basketball betting tips to get started responsibly.
Detroit is a fantastic city for a Michigan sportsfan.
Michigan has a few notable events for sportsfans and bettors alike to enjoy, including:
- The Quick Lane Bowl. This is a NCAA-certified CFB game that is played every year postseason. The Quick Lane Bowl is sponsored by the Detroit Lions, and played at Ford Field, with Ford Motors as a noted sponsor. 2019's game was a The game featured the Eastern Micihigan Eagles from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and the Pittsburgh Panthers from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Unfortunately for Michigan sports fans the Eagles lost to the Panthers, 34-30. Due to COVID-19, 2020's Quick Lane Bowl viability is still unconfirmed.
- The Consumers Energy 400. The NASCAR Consumers Energy 400 is hosted at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, in southeastern Michigan. This annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is known as one of the fastest tracks in the circuit, covering 156 laps, 312 mi, and average speeds more than 140 miles per hour.
More Reading on Michigan
Three relevant sports bills in Michigan:
The Lawful Internet Gaming Act ( This allows the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) to issue licenses for online & mobile games to be offered by licensed Detroit or Tribal casinos if criteria are met. HB4311 allows for all current casino games to be offered online or on mobile.
The Lawful Sports Betting Act ()This legalizes sports betting in casinos, online, and through mobile devices. This bill specifies that an internet sports betting wager received by a sports betting operator or its internet sports betting platform provider would be considered gambling or gaming that was conducted in the sports betting operator’s casino located in Michigan.
The Fantasy Contests Consumer Protection Act ( This establishes alegal framework to regulate fantasy sports. It allows for both paid commercial level contests and private ones that meet Michigan's specified criteria.