Michigan Online Sports Betting: Best Online Sportsbooks & Apps
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 coming to Michigan, officially.
Let’s take a look at some details on mobile sports betting apps, who could enter the state, and more.
Mobile Sports Betting Apps in Michigan
When mobile betting launches in Michigan, 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.
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.
PointsBet will be in Michigan as well, after its 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.
FOXBet will also be coming to Michigan, as the Stars Group (owner of FOXBet) have agreed to a partnership with the Odawa Indians Gaming Authority to bring FOXBet to the state of Michigan once the state is ready. 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, we can fully expect BetMGM to be in the online sports betting space in the state. 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.
Expect DraftKings Sportsbook Michigan and FanDuel Sportsbook Michigan as well, they just need to find a casino to partner with in the state to offer legal mobile sports betting.
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 will be ready to go in 2021.
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.
✂ The ribbon is ready to be cut at @BetMGM Sports Lounge! Join us at 1PM as we welcome sports betting to the state of Michigan.
21+ | Excludes MI DPL pic.twitter.com/bz43roKSgA
— MGM Grand Detroit (@MGMGrandDetroit) March 11, 2020
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.
— Greektown Casino (@GreektownCasino) March 9, 2020
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.
FanDuel will operate a two-story sportsbook w/six betting windows, 67 HD TVs, VIP area, ton of kiosks. pic.twitter.com/YtXOQupURs
— Sports Handle (@sports_handle) March 11, 2020
Betting Types in Michigan
Michigan is expected to offer all types of betting, of course varying by application and sportsbook. Expect to see the following types of bets being offered:
Live in-game betting
Sports Available to Bet in Michigan
Michigan is expected to offer 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. Expect to see these sports in the betting choices once Michigan online sportsbooks are launched:
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.
Online Banking at Michigan Sportsbooks
While official regulations are being drafted, we can expect similarities between Michigan online sportsbooks and other states, once launched. Online banking types in other states include:
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, so we can expect 2021 for Michigan to offer sports betting. Expect the three main casinos in Detroit to be the first to offer sports betting when it is ready for launch.
Recent Michigan Sports Betting Updates