- Online and mobile sportsbooks in Michigan, along with casino platforms, will be going live by the end of the month.
- The state will allow for up to 27 different operators to rollout gaming applications to the public with 15 already receiving temporary licensure status in December.
DETROIT – Legal online gambling and sports betting in Michigan was signed into law in December 2019. More than a year later, this part of the industry is set to launch its platforms to Michiganders statewide.
The 27 casinos throughout the state are eligible to offer internet and mobile sportsbook applications for their customers to use to gamble on sporting events. This includes 24 Tribal establishments and three commercial businesses.
The three commercial locations are all within the Detroit area.
When Will Gambling Applications Roll Out To The Public?
Rumors of a launch of these gaming platforms suggest that they will go live within the coming days.
“I’m cautiously optimistic we’re going to have something either this week or the very first part of next week to relay to the public,” said Richard Kalm, the executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). “I know it seems slow to the public, but from our perspective, the regulatory perspective, we just cannot launch new types of gaming until we have rules in place to protect the integrity of that gaming.”
It’s taken the MGCB over a year to come up with the rules and regulations as to how online and mobile sports wagering would work in the Wolverine State. During the MGCB monthly meeting on Tuesday, Kalm stated that announcements on operators that are licensed to launch online and mobile sportsbooks would happen shortly. After that, it’s up to the individual platform on when they decide to go live.
For bigger sportsbooks like FanDuel or DraftKings, they’d be able to roll out immediately after becoming officially licensed because their outlets are already setup.
Michiganders can join their applications already but are unable to place bets until the greenlight announcement is made by the MGCB. It’s at that point that these legal sports betting sites will activate existing accounts and those that have joined can begin to wager immediately.
What’s The Next Step?
Although there is no set date for online sportsbooks in Michigan to open to the public, it’s a certainty that sports bettors in the state should expect to be placing their first official wagers on sporting events via mobile and internet applications by the end of the month.
These platforms will definitely be available to Michiganders for use on Super Bowl Sunday which is scheduled for February 7.
With 27 different operators likely to open up to the people of the Wolverine State, the MGCB announced 15 with temporary licensure back in December, allowing the assumption that at least that many will be ready to launch by the end of January.
For anyone in the state looking to wager on the games using these mobile sports betting applications, they must be at least 21 to join and participate in the activity.
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.