Michigan

  • Michiganders will be seeing mobile and internet sportsbooks coming to them in early 2021 as 15 companies have received temporary licenses by the MGCB.
  • Both sportsbooks and iGaming for casino games have been approved for the Wolverine State.

DETROITThe Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has provisionally approved 15 mobile and online sports betting operators to launch in 2021.

It is expected that with these licenses, which were issued on Thursday, those businesses in the lucky 15 will take anywhere from four to six weeks to roll out their platforms to Michiganders.

For some, this could land right around a Super Bowl Sunday launch, with the game scheduled to take place on February 7.

Who Is Now Licensed To Operate In Michigan?

All licensees cannot be active, official sportsbook or casino platforms in Michigan until they meet all of the regulatory requirements asked of them by the MGCB. Once they show that they’ve satisfied these obligations, they will be given permanent licenses and can open their applications in the state.

“The platform providers’ ability to meet the requirements of the laws and rules will determine which entities can be licensed for launch first,” said Richard S. Kalm, MGCB executive director.

The fifteen companies that have been approved through a temporary status are American Wagering, Inc. d/b/a William Hill Sports Book, Betfair Interactive US LLC d/b/a FanDuel Sportsbook, BetMGM, LLC d/b/a Roar Digital, Churchill Downs Interactive Gaming, LLC d/b/a TwinSpires, Crown MI Gaming LLC d/b/a DraftKings, GAN Nevada Inc., Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc., NYX Digital Gaming (USA), LLC, Parx Interactive Inc., Penn Sports Interactive, LLC, PointsBet Michigan LLC, Rush Street Interactive MI, LLC, Sports Information Services Limited d/b/a Kambi, TSG Interactive US Services Limited d/b/a Fox Bet, and WSI US, LLC d/b/a Wynn Sports.

“The platform providers still must meet other regulatory requirements before online gaming and sports betting can launch in Michigan,” said Kalm. “The launch date will depend on how quickly they can fulfill the requirements.”

These providers have to show the MGCB that they have fully tested their gaming applications and worked out any problems that users may run into. They must also show evidence of proper security that ensures the safety of gamblers and have documentation of their control networks and standards for integrity when offering wagers on sporting events.

On top of these requirements, operators must have employees of their platforms licensed to do the jobs they’ve been hired to do in the instances where licenses are needed.

After all of these things are documented and submitted to the MGCB, the mobile sportsbooks will receive official licenses and can unveil their platforms to the sports bettors of the Wolverine State.

What Now?

The MGCB has set it up so that any sports betting application or casino gaming application will be available to download through app stores for players that have smartphones.

With these provisional approvals, applications may be found in stores already as they are allowed to be downloaded at this time. Players can download and set up memberships but they cannot use the apps until they become official operators.

All fifteen platforms are expected to launch in Michigan by Super Bowl 55, pending any hiccups in fulfilling their requirements.

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