Last Updated on January 20, 2021
It’s finally happening, Michigan!
Legal Sports betting is becoming more and more real by the day in the Wolverine State, as recent news has brought sports betting operators to the state.
In late 2019, the Michigan governor signed the “Lawful Sports Betting Act”, which allows for sports betting in Michigan to be legal and regulated in the state. In addition, Governor Whitmer signed gaming bills that allows for online gambling and poker, separately.
In early January 2020, two official partnerships in Michigan (PointsBet and FoxBet) have been set, along with other casinos offering gambling in the state.
PointsBet and FoxBet are just two of what is expected to be many online sportsbook offerings in the state.
The first is PointsBet, which is an Australian-based sports betting operator that has a unique game called “PointsBetting”. With operations already in other states and partnerships to operate in more, PointsBet has really taken the US legal sports betting industry by storm in 2020.
PointsBet Sportsbook is in, or will be in the following states
“PointsBetting” is a unique way of betting, that is risk/reward based depending on how confident a bettor is.
For example, say there is a prop on LeBron James to score 27 points in an NBA game. A bettor would wager $1 as their “unit”, and however many points above or below the number of points (27 in this case) would be the bettor’s win or loss on the bet. If the bettor bet over 27 points with $1 for a unit, if LeBron James scores 37 points the bettor wins $10. If LeBron James only scores 17 points, the bettor loses $10.
PointsBet will operate in Michigan via a deal with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, which operates the Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet, Michigan.
FoxBet is the leading sports betting brand from the publicly traded Stars Group. FoxBet was formerly known as “BetStars” via their original launch in New Jersey during 2019. The Stars Group re-branded after a partnership with Fox Sports and created “FoxBet”.
Of course, FoxBet is a brand well associated with Fox Sports in many facets. Colin Cowherd for Fox Sports’ face is all over FoxBet as his podcast mentions FoxBet odds often, and Fox Sports will and has been pushing the application on their broadcasts and other content.
Where Else Will I Be Able to Bet in Michigan?
In addition to PointsBet and FoxBet, expect many other operators to join the Wolverine State in 2020.
Nothing is confirmed, but expect these brands to be in Michigan soon:
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- RushStreet Interactive (BetRivers, etc)
- William Hill Sportsbook
Keep an eye on BetMGM as well, who now has a full partnership with Yahoo Sports for content and more.
Legal sports betting is coming soon Michigan, get ready!
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