Michigan Online Gambling & Online Sports Betting

Recent legislation means that Michigan online gambling and online sports betting are just around the corner for residents of the Great Lake State.

Michigan is on the brink of becoming an online gambling hub in the US. A combination of recent laws and pending legislation will expand its online gaming options.

Michigan already launched its first few retail sportsbooks in March 2020. Online will have to wait for now, but most of the major operators can be expected to launch in partnership with Michigan casinos once the state irons out its rules and regulations surrounding online sports betting.

When will Online Gambling In Michigan Launch?

The expected launch date for Michigan Online casinos, online sports betting and online poker is late 2020 or early 2021. 

Online Gambling Partnerships In Michigan

Michigan is in its infancy with regard to online sports betting. But legalization already sparked a number of online partnerships with the state’s 26 land-based casinos.

William Hill And Grand Traverse

William Hill partnered with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to provide sportsbook technology for their Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel and Leelanau Sands Casino properties. No word yet on an online partnership for the Grand Traverse properties.

PointsBet And Northern Waters Casino

The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians partnered with Australian provider PointsBet to offer both land-based and online sports betting out of the Northern Waters casino in Watersmeet.

Odawa Casino Resorts And Stars Group

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians operates the Odawa Casino Resorts in Mackinaw City and Petoskey. They’re partnered with The Stars Group, which operates FOX Bet.

Gun Lake And Parx

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians partnered with Parx Casino to operate its sportsbook both in retail and online.

FireKeepers Casino And Scientific Games

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi operates FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. They’ve partnered with Scientific Games for an online and retail sportsbook.

Kewadin Casinos And GAN

The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced a partnership with GAN plc to provide online sports betting from the Tribe’s five land-based properties.

FanDuel And MotorCity Casino

FanDuel announced via press release that they would provide retail sports betting services to MotorCity Casino as part of an exclusive partnership.

Though the announcement makes no mention of online services, it’s very likely that FanDuel and MotorCity Casino could team up to launch an online sportsbook. FanDuel already has an online sportsbook presence in almost every regulated state. With a strong reputation in digital sports betting and an existing retail partnership with MotorCity, there’s a strong chance this relationship will extend to online.

Greektown Casino And DraftKings

In May of 2019, Penn National Gaming purchased Greektown Casino for $1 billion. Penn National Gaming has been stocking up on digital sports betting partners for some time now.

DraftKings seems the likeliest contender for a partnership in Michigan, especially given the company’s existing relationship with Penn National. Additionally, with competitor FanDuel and MotorCity teaming up in the state, DraftKings has every reason to establish a strong online presence by partnering with a well-established land-based property.

Greektown’s retail sportsbook is operated by Kambi, but that does not preclude DraftKings from building an online sportsbook for the Michigan property.

MGM

An MGM partnership for online sports betting in Michigan is highly unlikely, seeing as the operator owns the MGM Grand Detroit and already boasts a popular online platform in BetMGM.

Is Online Gambling Legal In Michigan?

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed The Lawful Internet Gaming Act into law in December 2019. The law allows the state’s 26 casinos to apply for online gaming and sportsbook licenses.

Strictly speaking, while the state has legalized online gambling, options remain limited. Michigan lawmakers are still ironing out rules and regulations surrounding online betting. Once those regulations are in place and operators receive their licenses, players in Michigan should expect a large number of online betting sites to pop up fairly quickly.

Michigan’s Legal Online Gambling Options

The Wolverine State is opening the floodgates to online gaming. Soon, players in Michigan will have a wealth of legal, regulated online gambling options. Most of the options below are prohibited now. But the wait won’t be too long. Michigan is in the process of regulated online gambling and will hopefully see multiple new sites launch in the near future.

Online Casinos

Michigan will allow all of its land-based casinos to apply for an online casino license. Though they’re not live yet, the state stands to be a leader in the space.

Unlike most of its US counterparts, Michigan included its tribal casinos in its licensing laws. This allows tribal properties to apply to run online casinos. Typically, states only include commercial properties in legislation. But Michigan’s move to include tribal operators makes sense, considering 23 of its 26 casinos are run by Tribes.

Many of the partnerships mentioned above either already include, or could be amended to include, online casinos in addition to sportsbooks.

For players in Michigan, this means there will eventually be a wide variety of online casinos to choose from. There’s no current timeline for launch. Once operators receive their licenses, though, expect a number of launches in the weeks and months that follow.

Online Sports Betting

Michigan’s sports betting regulations are still in process. While retail sportsbooks are already open or nearly there, online sportsbooks will take some time.

Once the Michigan Gaming Control Board finalizes its regulations and operators apply for licenses, we could already be nearing the end of 2020. As a result, expect to see the first online sportsbooks in Michigan sometime in 2021.

Online Poker

Online poker joins online casino and sports betting with an uncertain launch window. While the state’s laws make it legal, it’s less profitable than casino or sports betting. Revenue can be boosted by joining a multi-state poker compact similar to the one New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Delaware have in place. It’s too early to tell if Michigan will consider such an option.

Online poker is usually grouped together with online casino gaming, so expect it to launch around the same time that online casino gaming kicks off in the Wolverine State.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily Fantasy Sports operators have been running their sites in Michigan for some time, though state law never explicitly legalized the practice until recently.

The Lawful Internet Gaming Act legalized nearly all forms of online gaming. The law authorized DFS in the state of Michigan. Anyone 18 or older can participate.

Popular DFS sites available in Michigan include FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo Daily Fantasy.

Online Horse Racing In Michigan

Online horse race betting recently joined the Michigan gaming landscape. Players 18 and above can use a mobile device or desktop to bet on races using sites like TVG or BetAmerica.

Michigan Online Betting Bonuses

Online gaming operators are constantly in competition with one another. Their goal is to build an audience for their site that’s loyal and enjoys using their site over others. Both online sportsbooks and casinos will offer great bonuses for players who visit their sites. Bonuses exist for first-time players as well as seasoned bettors.

Michigan will almost certainly follow this same path. Once online operators launch sportsbooks and casinos, expect to find a variety of special deals and offers.

Whether you’re a beginner or a betting whiz, you’ll find a great number of deals available to you across betting sites. These are a win for everyone involved: you get added value on top of potential wins, and the operator gets your business and a chance to show that their site is better than the others. Here’s a tip: visit multiple sites and comb through their available offers to find the biggest and best deals.

Here are some of the most common bonuses and offers you’ll encounter:

Sign-Up Bonus

This type of bonus is most common with online casinos, but you may see it at a sports betting site on occasion. It’s a simple offer: you receive a small dollar amount (usually $10 to $25) as a free sign-up bonus. Use it to place your first bet and get acquainted with the platform!

This is a great starting offer because it doesn’t require a deposit and allows you to start betting right away.

First Deposit Match

You’re likely to find deposit match offers all across the online sports betting landscape. They’ll match your first deposit up to a certain value, essentially doubling your initial account balance.

These offers range from $100 to $500, with some offering even more under certain conditions. Use them to your advantage to bulk up your account balance.

Always check the terms and conditions surrounding deposit matches. Some require you to make your first deposit within a specific time frame to redeem the reward.

The added benefit is that deposit matches require you to connect your preferred payment method, so it encourages you to sign up to complete your account. That way, you’re ready to hit the ground running and won’t need to jump through additional hoops to start betting.

Risk-Free Bets

Risk-free bet offers require you to first place a bet with your own money. Betting sites often set a limit on how much you can wager for this type of bonus. However, once you place the bet, these offers are quite simple. If you lose your risk-free bet, the site will credit your account with another bet of the same value.

Loyalty And Rewards Programs

Loyalty programs reward players for achieving various milestones on a specific betting site. For example, an online casino may reward you with $100 in free bets after you spend $1000 on their site.

These programs are excellent for bettors who like to stick to one site and focus their efforts on a single operator. Of course, remember to bet responsibly.

Michigan Online Gambling FAQ

Is online gambling safe?

Yes, but always bet responsibly.

Online gambling sites are regulated by government agencies. The Michigan Gaming Control Board oversees online gaming in the Great Lakes State.

Online gambling sites use high-level encryption to protect your data, and you’re required to confirm your identity and age before you can place a bet. Legal gambling sites will also have licensing information readily available on their websites.

Who will operate the online gaming sites in Michigan?

Land-based casinos. Michigan’s internet gaming laws allow each of the state’s 26 land-based properties to apply for (and receive) an online gaming license provided they comply with all state laws and regulations. Most land-based casinos will partner with a technology provider to help run operations on their digital gaming sites. These partners are also required to adhere to state laws.

What payment options will Michigan sportsbooks and online casinos offer?

This varies. However, most online sportsbooks already live in other states have a variety of payment options, and Michigan will likely be the same.

Credit/debit cards, prepaid cards, bank transfer/ACH, PayPal, and other online payment services like Skrill or PayNearMe are common. Some land-based casinos allow for cash deposits as well. Once online betting sites launch in Michigan, monitor their webpages, which will detail your available payment options.

Should I sign up for multiple online gambling sites in Michigan?

There’s no easy answer to this one, but it can be a great option.

If you sign up for multiple sites, you can claim a number of different bonuses such as deposit matches, risk-free bets, and more. If you choose one site and stick with it, you can leverage the loyalty program to maximize the value of your experience. Of course, if you want to stick to just one site, there’s nothing wrong with that!

When will online betting sites launch in Michigan?

For now, this remains unclear. Our best guess is 2021, which allows time for regulations to be finalized and operators to apply for licenses.

Sports betting is likely to hit first with online casinos following, though this isn’t set in stone. The bright side is that once they’re allowed, operators will launch quickly to capitalize on the opportunity and get a jump on their competition.

How old do I need to be to gamble online in Michigan?

21+. This is a slight departure from Michigan’s land-based gaming laws, which sometimes allow those 18 years or older to gamble under certain conditions.

The notable exception is Daily Fantasy Sports, which has a minimum age of 18.