Michigan is set to become the next major online gambling hub with a launch expected as early as November 2020. They will join New Jersey and Pennsylvania as large states that have regulated the Big 3 – online casinos, online sportsbooks and online poker rooms. Online casinos and online sportsbooks will likely be the first to go live with Michigan online poker to follow. Michigan legalized online gambling in the state in December 2019, almost exactly a year after the state first legalized internet wagering, before being vetoed by the governor right at the deadline.
What is available in Michigan?
As of early November 2020, Michigan online gambling is not yet live but a launch is imminent and is expected by the end of the year. Like other highly populated states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Michigan will go live with online casinos, online sportsbooks and online poker rooms. The market will foster plenty of competition with dozens of operators likely coming to the state. Although the online gambling market will be brand new, Michigan was one of the first states to launch an online lottery, which came to the state in 2014. Players can enjoy instant games as well as purchase draw tickets through MichiganLotter.com. The state also officially gave their blessing to daily fantasy sports with the same comprehensive bill that regulated online gaming.
The chart below will be updated as the Michigan online gambling market launches and evolves.
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Michigan is one of a few states where you can gamble at a land-based casino when you are 18 years of age or older. However, despite an 18 year old minimum at retail casinos, you will need to be at least 21 years of age or older to bet online.
Who can online gamble in the state of MI?
In addition to the 21 year old requirement, you must also be physically located in the state at the time of wagering. This means that both residents of the state and visitors can play at Michigan online casinos while in the state. Like other states, Michigan uses geolocation tools to check that you are actually in the state.
Furthermore, Michigan online casinos will run identity checks where they ask for the last four digits of your social security number or require you to submit documentation before you play.
What is the relationship between Michigan casinos and Michigan online casinos?
Michigan brick and mortar casinos are partnering with existing online brands, many of which have already launched in other states or internationally. So even though the online casinos will be new, they will be powered by companies that have extensive online gambling experience.
Who regulates online gambling in MI?
Michigan online gambling, like retail gambling, is regulated through the Michigan gaming Control Board. They are responsible for the licensing, regulation and control of gambling that occurs in the state.
What is the law that regulates online gambling in MI?
MIchigan passed HB 4916 in late 2019, a comprehensive gambling bill which was signed by Governor Gretchen Wittmer. The law followed an earlier attempt in the previous year, which was ultimately vetoed by the former governor.
Are MI Online Gambling sites safe?
Yes, MIchigan online gambling sites will be very safe. Because companies and casinos are regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, these will be some of the safest online casinos and sportsbooks in the world. Gone are the days when you have to worry about losing your money by a casino going bankrupt or running off with funds. Michigan laws require that player funds must be separate from operational funds.
What devices can I use to gamble online in MI?
It is expected that Michigan online casino and sportsbook users will be able to wager through an online casino’s website or app, depending on the casino. Apple iOS users can typically download apps through the Apple App Store. Android users on the other hand, will need to download the app directly through from the casino website, due to restrictions that Google places on real money apps within the Google Play Store.
How can I deposit and withdraw my funds?
Michigan online gambling sites have not yet launched at the time of this writing. However, based on what other online casinos are offering in other states, players can expect to deposit using a variety of payment methods including e-wallets (such as Paypal), bank transfers, credit cards and cash options.
When making a withdrawal, you can use part of your withdrawal to cashout the same method you deposited (up to the deposit amount). Typical withdrawal options include ewallets, bank transfers and checks.
What should you do if you have a gambling problem?
Do you or someone you love have a problem with gambling? You are not alone. The Michigan Gaming Control Board provides a variety of resources for players that have a problem and want to get help. For one, you can join the Michigan Disassociated Persons list, which is a completely voluntary list that restricts you from playing. You can do so by calling 1-888-223-3044.