The authorization officially came on Tuesday when the Michigan Gaming Control Board announced that nine operators would be live by noon ET on Friday. This week, casinos and sportsbooks had been doing final testing before opening on Friday
The move comes just ahead of one of the busiest times of the year for the sports betting community, as we are in the midst of the NFL playoffs leading up to the Super Bowl, which will be followed by the NCAA’s March Madness the month after.
Where will sports bettors be able to wager?
Although the timing of launch can vary by operator, the MGCB has given the go-ahead that these operators can begin serving Michiganians both online sportsbetting and an online casino on Friday.
- Barstool Sportbook and Penn Interactive through Greektown Casino
- BetMGM/Roar Digital through MGM Grand Detroit
- DraftKings through Bay Mills Indian Community
- Fanduel through MotorCity Casino
- Golden Nugget Online Gambling through Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
- Rush Street Interactive through Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
- Twinspires Through Hannahville Indiana Community
- William Hill through Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
- Wynn through Sault Ste. Maria Tribe of Chippewa Indians
There is one exception to the sportsbook/casino combo that most operators will offer. The Barstool Sportsbook through the Greektown Casino, which will just offer an online sportsbook at launch but is expected to get approval for an online casino soon.
Additional operators are expected to be approved over the coming days and weeks by the MGCB.
Online sports bettors will be required to be at least 21 years or age or older and must be physically located within the state at the time of betting.
At most sportsbooks and casinos, bettors can place their wagers through the operator’s website or via an iOS or Android app. Apps have been become a preferred method of play on online sportsbooks and casinos, with up to 90% of users utilizing the apps.
Michigan online gamblers should keep an eye out for special bonuses and promotions offered by operators, as they jockey for position in the brand new market, which they hope to spread to other states.