HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 27Issue 3MICHIGAN LAUNCHES IGAMING AND ISPORTS FRIDAY, JANUARY 22

The Michigan Gaming Control Board ("MGCB") authorized ten operators to begin internet gaming and internet sports betting at noon on Friday, January 22. The announcement comes after provisional licenses were issued to a number of operators in December once administrative rules had been filed. 

"Michigan can now offer legal, regulated online gaming and sports betting to residents and visitors," said MGCB Executive Director Rick Kalm in a press release. "It's an exciting and much anticipated day and will bring revenue to support education, tribal communities, and the city of Detroit."

Michigan Senator Curtis Hertel (East Lansing) placed the ceremonial first wager at noon, as he was instrumental in drafting the Lawful Internet Gaming Act and Lawful Sports Betting Act.

"It took years of work and significant contributions from several legislators, commercial casino and tribal leaders, industry experts, MGCB staff and others, but today I'd like to recognize Sen. Hertel for the key role he played in taking the idea from dream to reality," said Mr. Kalm. "His leadership on the 2019 bills made today's announcement possible, and his work on the recently signed legislation permitting multi-jurisdictional poker will allow poker players to compete against players in other states in the future. It's a fitting tribute to have Sen. Hertel launch this new era of gaming."

The operators authorized to begin offerings on January 22 are the following:

  • Bay Mills Indian Community & DraftKings - Internet Casino Games, Internet Sports Betting
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians & William Hill - Internet Casino Games, Internet Sports Betting
  • Greektown Casino & Penn Sports Interactive/Barstool Sportsbook - Internet Sports Betting
  • Hannahville Indian Community & TwinSpires - Internet Casino Games, Internet Sports Betting
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community & Golden Nugget Online Gaming - Internet Casino Games, Internet Sports Betting 
  • Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians & PointsBet - Internet Sports Betting
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians & Rush Street - Internet Casino Games, Internet Sports Betting 
  • MGM Grand Detroit & BetMGM/Roar Digital - Internet Casino Games, Internet Sports Betting
  • MotorCity Casino & FanDuel - Internet Casino Games, Internet Sports Betting
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians & Wynn - Internet Casino Games, Internet Sports Betting

"Michigan residents love sports and, judging by inquiries we've received, eagerly anticipate using mobile devices to place bets through the commercial and tribal casinos," said Mr. Kalm in a press release. "Online gaming and sports betting will provide the casinos with new ways to engage with customers while the state and local communities will benefit from taxes and payments on wagering revenue."

The MGCB stated in a press release that it expects to authorize additional operators and platform providers in the coming days and weeks as more applicants meet the regulatory requirements for launch. 

"We want the public to have confidence when they place wagers, and our agency has required the providers to prove they meet Michigan's standards, which are designed to protect the participants," said Mr. Kalm.

Online sports betting is taxed at 8.4%, while internet gaming taxes range from about 20% to 28%. Detroit casinos may also pay a municipal services fee and development agreement payments to the City of Detroit. As previously reported in Volume 27, Issue 2 of The Michigan Gaming Newsletter, tax allocations are different for commercial casinos and tribal casinos. Other funds collected go toward appropriated funding for the MGCB, the Compulsive Gambling Prevention Fund, the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund, and the State School Aid Fund.

For more information on how and where to bet in Michigan, read the MGCB's FAQs or visit the website of each operator listed above.

 

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