In late 2019, Michigan legalized sports betting in the state. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the bill, and the Michigan Gaming Control board said that mobile sports betting will take some time to launch, but both retail and online sports betting are now officially live in the state as of January 22nd, 2021.
Let’s take a look at some details on mobile sports betting apps, which legal sportsbooks will enter the state, and more.
Mobile Sports Betting Apps in Michigan
As mobile betting launches in Michigan, there are limited offerings initially. With that said, there will be just north of two dozen casinos that will have a chance to offer mobile sports betting. Not all will, as over 20 casinos are tribal and may not choose to go the mobile sports betting route. Here are a few sports betting apps that are likely to be in Michigan, if not already.
DraftKings Sportsbook Michigan
DraftKings Sportsbook is live in Michigan upon launch! Check it out for a generous signup bonuses and more.
William Hill Sportsbook Michigan
William Hill has found their way into the Michigan sports betting part via a partnership with Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The William Hill Michigan online sportsbook currently has the highest free bet offer in the state.
PointsBet Michigan is now live with a massive free $2,000 bet for new players. PointsBet is operating in Michigan via 20-year agreement with the Lac Vieux Desert Public Enterprise and Finance Commission. This partnership will not only bring PointsBet online sportsbook operations, but there are plans to brand the Commission’s land-based casino with the PointsBet name as well. PointsBet has their own style of game, called “PointsBetting” which allows bettors to win/lose based on “how correct/wrong” they are.
FOX Bet Michigan
FOXBet brings a free $500 bet for new players in Michigan The Stars Group (owner of FOXBet) has agreed to a partnership with the Odawa Indians Gaming Authority which allows FOXBet to take bets in Michigan. The land-based casino FOXBet has a licensing skin from is the Odawa Casino in Petoskey.
With MGM Grand Detroit being one of the most popular gaming sites and brands in Michigan, the BetMGM Michigan app should attract many sports bettors.
While BetMGM could partner with another skin, it does not seem likely given the brand already in place with a land-based casino in the state.
There are just too many ties to the state for this not to happen. Barstool Sports’ founder Dave Portnoy is an outspoken Michigan Wolverine alum, and the recent monster deal between Barstool and Penn National Gaming makes this a near-lock in Michigan. Penn National Gaming owns and operates locations in the state, and the partnership with Barstool promised the “Barstool Sportsbook” brand to be front and center of many of the company casinos.
Sports Betting Locations in Michigan
MGM Grand Detroit
Located at 1777 3rd Avenue in Detroit, MGM Grand is one of the more recognizable attractions in downtown Detroit near the stadiums. There is already a sportsbook built, called “The Moneyline Sports Lounge”, which is primed for the launch of legal sports betting in Michigan.
Greektown Casino Hotel
This Penn National Gaming property is located at 555 East Lafayette Street and is not far from the stadiums. With Penn National Gaming and Barstool Sports’ partnership, expect Greektown Casino Hotel to be one of the forefronts of sports betting in Michigan.
Motorcity is privately owned and operated, and is located at 2901 Grand River Avenue in downtown Detroit. Motocity Casino is owned by the Ilitch family, who also own the Red Wings and Tigers.
The above are the three main land-based casinos in Detroit. Expect some tribal casinos in Michigan to offer sports betting as well, potentially opening up for more online sportsbook operators to enter the state. In Michigan, each sportsbook is allowed to have one skin to an online sportsbook, so the competition will be quite interesting to follow.
Betting Types in Michigan
Michigan offers all types of betting, of course varying by application and sportsbook. Here are teh following types of bets being offered:
- Totals (Over/Unders)
- Live in-game betting
Sports Available to Bet in Michigan
Michigan offers all sports and college sports, the only question will be eSports, which is done differently in each state. The most common rule is that any athletes under the age of 18 cannot be wagered on, which is why some states stray from eSports. Here is a look at the sports offered in Michigan for legal sports betting.
- Baseball: MLB, College
- Basketball: NBA, College, International
- Football: NFL, College
- Hockey: NHL, College
- MMA – UFC, etc
- Motorsports – NASCAR, etc
- Soccer: Champions League, Premier League, La Liga, MLS and more.
- And more!
Online Banking at Michigan Sportsbooks
With legal sports betting going live in Michigan in January 2021, here is a look at the online banking types that are available in the state at various sportsbooks.
- Online Banking
- Credit Card
- Debit Card
- Prepaid Card
- Cash and Casino Cage (respective casinos relative to operator)
When Can I Bet on Sports in Michigan?
The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced in January 2020 they expect it to take about a year to fully regulate and execute plans for legal sports betting. This was perfectly timed, as legal sports betting went live in Michigan online on January 22nd, 2021.
Michigan Sports Betting Frequently Asked Questions
When can I bet on sports in Michigan?
You can bet on sports in Michigan as of 2020, but mobile betting launched on January 22, 2021.
Is sports betting legal in Michigan?
Yes. Legal sports betting has been legislated and regulated in the state, and mobile betting was made available in January 2021.
Are there sports betting apps in Michigan?
Yes. With legal sports betting in the state, there are sports betting apps available to download for mobile wagering as of January 2021.
Is Barstool Sportsbook available in Michigan?
Yes. Barstool Sportsbook is in Michigan and launched the mobile app in early 2021.
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