LANSING, Mich. — As states across the country legalize recreational sports betting, many patrons in Michigan are wondering if they can join in on the fun. Good news. If you live in Michigan, you can absolutely take part in sports betting at casinos located at the Greektown Casino, MGM Grand, or Motorcity Casino Hotel.
However, for those that do not want to make the trip, you are going to have to wait just a little bit longer. Sports betting apps are going to be allowed in Michigan, but it likely won’t happen until 2021. The original proposed date was going to be November or December 2020, but due to the pandemic, those ideals have been suspended. Here’s what we know so far.
Michigan sports betting apps are going to be coming, but you are going to have to be patient. The original projection made the public aware to be cautious. With that said, the early projection of approved sports betting apps will be early 2021. The one pro of the pandemic is that casinos are losing revenue, which makes the appeal of universal sports betting apps an intriguing option.
For this to work, Michigan sports betting must be connected to the three commercial casinos, or any of the 12 federally recognized Indian tribes. Some of the apps that could be connected include, but not limited to Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, Draftkings, Fanduel, FOX Bet, Williams Hill, and PointsBet.
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By The Numbers
In 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed sports betting into law. When she signed the law, it allowed mobile sports betting at the commercial and tribal casinos throughout the state of Michigan. The sports betting revenue tax rate is 8.4%, while the commercial casinos in Detroit will pay an additional 1.25% in city tax.
If you are going to participate in Michigan sports betting, there are a few legal requirements you must know. You must be 21 years of age or older. You must be physically located in the state of Michigan, but you must not be a permanent resident. You must be aware of offshore betting apps because many of these websites are considered illegal.
What Is There To Bet On?
Michigan owns a very rich sports state. Detroit is considered the “hockeytown”with the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings, who have won the most Stanley Cup titles (11) in the sports history, are currently rebuilding with hopes of getting back to being one of the top teams in the NHL odds to win the Stanley Cup. There are the Detroit Lions who play every Sunday, but they are considered one of the bottom dwellers in the league having never made a Super Bowl appearance.
In the MLB, the Detroit Tigers have been in town since 1984, but have not won a World Series since 1984. However, the Tigers announced a multiyear deal with PointsBet and it will be featured as the official gaming partner of the Tigers. The NBA features the Pistons with a rich tradition of the “Bad Boys.” In college, teams like the Tom Izzo-led Michigan State Spartans are an annual Final Four contender, while Michigan made the NCAA Tournament two years ago. Needless to say, there are plenty of options for Michigan sports betting in this state.
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