Michigan Sportsbook Offers
In December 2019 a bill passed that legalized sports betting and fantasy sports in Michigan--calling for full mobile wagering within the state. In-person wagering at the MGM Grand Detroit just ahead of March Madness 2020. Mobile betting is expected to follow.

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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 .

You can read more about these sportsbooks in our reviews:

We graded Michigan on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.

Michigan Sports Betting: B; but Grade Not Yet Final
Sports betting is finally live in Michigan, although sports (and therefore betting activity) have slowed due to COVID-19. We're hoping to see an expedited route to mobile online betting in Michigan during the fall 2020 NFL season. We'll revisit MI's sports betting report card as the landscape takes shape.

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.

Deposit: TBD

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.

THE GOOD
Michigan's Sports Betting Positives

 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.

THE BAD
Negative Impact of MI's Sports Betting bill

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.

Is it legal to bet on sports in Michigan?

It is! The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) authorized onsite sports betting at the Detroit casinos on March 11, 2020. Sports betting is legal at three commercial casinos, with online sports betting likely coming in 2021.

Who can operate online sports betting and internet gaming?

Online sports betting may be offered by tribes that operate as a Class III casino or a commercial casino in Michigan. A platform provider may offer services (such as online website infrastructure) to facilitate sports betting.

Which casinos have sports betting?

Greektown Casino, MGM Grand and MotorCity Casino Hotel -- all in Detroit -- have in-person sports betting.

Tribal casinos can also apply for sports betting licenses. Several deals are already in place, including PointsBet and FOX Bet.

Does the MGCB regulate any part of tribal online betting?

Tribes can apply for an online sports betting operator’s license or a lawful internet gaming license from the MGCB. A third party (such as a commercial Sportsbook) must also obtain a license from the MGCB to work with the tribal casinos in Michigan.

What tax rate is paid by the Detroit casinos snd tribes for onsite sports betting?

The tax rate is 8.4%. Detroit casinos may also be required to pay a municipal services fee and a development agreement payment to the city.

Michigan Sports Betting Tips

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

1997

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The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) is created to govern over Detroit commercial casinos.

July 1999

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BetMGM opens in Detroit.

December 1999

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MotorCity Casino Hotel opens in Detroit.

November 2000

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Greektown Casino Hotel opens in Detroit.
Michigan Sports Betting Locations
Michigan has an array of Casinos, and some with known, committed sportsbooks.
Greektown Casino Hotel
Greektown Casino has a Penn National backed sportsbook, featuring four live wagering windows and 40 self-service betting kiosks throughout the property.
MotorCity Hotel Casino
MotorCity Hotel Casino is a Fanduel-backed Sportsbook with six betting windows, 67 HD TVs, and 54 self-service betting kiosks.
MGM Grand Detroit
MGM Grand Detroit is home to a BetMGM Sportsbook lounge. It boasts 6 betting windows 14 self-service betting kiosks, and 60 HDTV’s.
Four Winds Hartford
Operated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. To be Four Winds-branded, tech by Kambi. While Michigan doesn't allow online sports betting, the Four Winds sportsbooks allow users to select bets on their mobile devices before placing them at the casino.
Four Winds Dowagiac
Operated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. To be Four Winds-branded, tech by Kambi. While Michigan doesn't allow online sports betting, the Four Winds sportsbooks allow users to select bets on their mobile devices before placing them at the casino.
Four Winds New Buffalo
Operated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. To be Four Winds-branded, tech by Kambi. While Michigan doesn't allow online sports betting, the Four Winds sportsbooks allow users to select bets on their mobile devices before placing them at the casino.
Gun Lake Casino
DraftKings Sportsbook. Called the 131 Sportsbook & Lounge, the book features a full-service bar where patrons can watch games while placing bets.
Island Resort and Casino
Hannahville Indian Community, Sportsbook TBD. In addition to all of the gaming options Island Resort and Casino offers, it also includes a golf course, spa, fine and casual dining, live entertainment, and a hotel.
Kewadin Casino Christmas
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sportsbook TBD. Located on Lake Superior, Kewadin Casino Christmas offers Vegas-style gaming with slots and blackjack on its floor. It also houses a dining option — and continues the Christmas theme — with Frosty's Pub 'n Grub.
Kewadin Casino Hessel
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sportsbook TBD. On Lake Huron, Kewadin Casino Hessel has casino games such as slots and blackjack, with a number of non-gambling options available as well. Nearby activities include golfing, boating, fishing, and snowmobiling. There's also an option to rent a cabin or stay at the location's campground.
Kewadin Casino Manistique
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sportsbook TBD. With Vegas-style gaming serving as an option at Kewadin's Manistique location, it plays off the other locations. The location is near lakes and rivers for fishing, and customers can snowmobile and ice fish in the winter months. It features two dining options as well: Mariner's Cove Restaurant and Team Spirits Bar.
Kewadin Shores Casino
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sportsbook TBD. Called the gateway to the Upper Peninsula, the casino features, blackjack, craps, roulette, and over 700 slots. Dining and entertainment options include the Whitetail Sports Bar, the Northern Pines Lounge, and the Horseshoe Bay Restaurant, which overlooks the Lake Huron shoreline.
Kings Club Casino
Bay Mills Indian Community. A Bay Mills casino, Kings Club offers more than 700 slot machines to go along with table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette, and a live poker room. The property also offers a golf course, hotel, RV park, and four different restaurants.
Leelanau Sands Casino
William Hill Sportsbook. Partnered with William Hill, Leelanau Sands Casino pairs its sportsbook with the casino floor. The book offers self-serve kiosks, while the casino features table games, slot machines, and a bingo hall. The property also includes Big Dex's Restaurant.
Little River Casino
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians; BetRivers/Rush Street Interactive. The River Rock Sportsbook & Grill is a sportsbook and restaurant with betting windows and 12 new kiosks inside. The sportsbook also allows users to create their bets online before placing them in person. There are often concerts held at the venue, and the property features three different restaurants and a bar.
Nothern Waters Casino Resort
PointBet Sportsbook — Partnered with Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Northern Waters Casino Resort has table games and slot machines coupled with bingo and sports betting to complete its gaming experience. The location also includes a golf course and three dining options.
Odawa Mackinaw City Casino
FOX Bet (Stars Group). While the Odawa Casino in Mackinaw City doesn't have an on-site sportsbook, it has automated kiosks for users to place their wagers. The casino floor features over 220 slot machines. The property also houses the Mukwa Bar and Grill, which can be enjoyed while playing machines.
Odawa Petoskey Casino
FOX Bet (Stars Group). The Mackinaw City location may not have an on-site sportsbook, but the Odawa Petoskey Casino does, along with automated kiosks for users to place their bets. The casino also possesses poker, table games, and over 1,000 slot machines. The Petoskey location is also equipped with a hotel, live entertainment, two restaurants, and meeting rooms.
Ojibwa Baraga Casino
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The Ojibwa Baraga location has more than 340 slot machines in its casino. In the dining realm, there are two restaurants. The casino also features a shuttle service.
Ojibawa Marquette Casino II
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The Ojibwa Marquette location has more than 500 slot machines, which is around 160 more than the Baraga location. It has a restaurant called Superior Eats, and like the Baraga location, it has a shuttle to the casino.
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. With an RV park and a motorcoach, the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino proves to be more than just a casino. The location boasts three different restaurants and a hotel.
Soaring Eagle Casino
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The Soaring Eagle has a little bit of everything for everyone. In addition to the casino, it features a number of restaurants, live entertainment, a spa, and a Kids Quest location at the resort.
Turtle Creek Casino
William Hill — Partnered with Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. A William Hill partner, the Onyx Sportsbook at the Turtle Creek Casino possesses 20 HDTVs, a full-service bar, and outdoor patio seating. There are also restaurants, a coffee shop, and bars near the property.
Bay Mills Resort & Casino
Land-based casino opened by the Bay Mills Indian Community. Bay Mills Resort & Casino features a golf course, an RV park, four restaurants, and a hotel. The casino also partnered with DraftKings, instantly making its sportsbook a sports betting destination.
FireKeepers Casino Hotel
Owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi. Dacey's Sportsbook and Taproom serves as FireKeepers' sports betting location. In addition to self-serve kiosks, the book has a food and craft beer menu. There are also five other dining options. The casino features poker, video poker, slots, table games, bingo, and keno.

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.

Michigan Wolverines

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.

Michigan Wolverines | Schedule | Roster

  • 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).

Ohio State Buckeyes | Schedule | Roster

  • 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 Spartans | Schedule | Roster

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.

Michigan State Spartans | Schedule | Roster

  • 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.

Penn State Nittany Lions | Schedule | Roster

NCAA DI Football & Basketball Teams

Central Michigan Chippewas
Eastern Michigan Eagles
Michigan Wolverines
Michigan State Spartans
Western Michigan Broncos

NCAA DI Basketball Teams

Detroit Mercy Titans
Oakland Golden Grizzlies

Pro Sports Teams

Detroit Lions (NFL)
Detroit Tigers (MLB)
Red Wings (NHL)
Detroit Pistons (NBA)

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.

Official Website | Roster | Schedule 

MLB Betting in Michigan

The Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are MI’s pro baseball team. They call Comerica Park home. Tigers fans should check out our guide to betting on baseball before putting dollars down.

Official Website | Roster | Schedule 

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.

Official Website | Roster | Schedule 

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.

Official Website | Roster | Schedule 

Detroit is a fantastic city for a Michigan sportsfan.

Other Events

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 (HB4311) 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 (HB4916)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 (HB4308) 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.

Addtional Local Sports News. To supplement Action, you can find local sports news coverage at The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, & Michigan Live

Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He's a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.