Sports betting is underway in Michigan! Betting on sports became legal in the Great Lake State in 2019, and the first retail sportsbooks opened their doors in March 2020.
However, Michigan is just getting started. Michigan sports betting apps are due to launch in a matter of months, and it will soon be followed by online casinos and online poker. It is, indeed, a fabulous time to be a gambler in Michigan.
This page is a guide for everything that is happening in Michigan regarding sports betting. You will not find a better source of information about this exciting time in either peninsula. Read on for all things related to Michigan online sports betting.
Retail sports betting began on March 11 at two of the three commercial casinos. Those are Greektown Casino and MGM Grand. Now, with the addition of MotorCity Casino & Hotel, all three commercial casinos have retail sportsbooks up and running.
Operators will have their gross sports betting receipts at an 8.4% rate. Commercial casinos, though, will pay an additional 1.25% city tax to Detroit. For what it’s worth, the entire package of gambling expansion is estimated to bring in $19 million in new revenue to the state, including a $4.8 million uptick for the School Aid Fund.
Several land-based casinos in Michigan are owned and operated by some of the world’s largest gaming operators. So, it seems logical that companies like MGM and Caesars will want to throw their respective hats into the sports betting ring.
The launch date for online sports betting in Michigan is Nov. 2020.
Here is a list of retail sportsbooks currently open in Michigan:
*dictates tribal sportsbook
|BetMGM Sportsbook||MGM Grand Detroit||Nov. 2020|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||MotorCity Casino||Nov. 2020|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Bay Mills Indian Community||Nov. 2020|
|FOX Bet Sportsbook||Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians||Nov. 2020|
|PointsBet Sportsbook||Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians||Nov. 2020|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Greektown Casino||Late 2020|
|BetAmerica Sportsbook||Hannahville Indian Community||Late 2020|
|Parx Casino||Gun Lake Tribe||Late 2020|
|TBD/FireKeepers Casino||Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indians||Late 2020|
|TBD/Four Winds Casino||Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians||Late 2020|
|TBD/Kewadin||Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians||Late 2020|
|TBD/Soaring Eagle Casino||Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe||Late 2020|
|BetRivers Sportsbook||Little River Band of the Ottawa Indians||When permitted|
|William Hill Sportsbook||Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians||When permitted|
|Golden Nugget||Keweenaw Bay Indian Community||Early 2021|
Last updated October 5, 2020
Gun Lake Casino has joined the list of sportsbooks opening in Michigan. Stage 131 Sportsbook and Lounge, located in Allegan Country, officially opened Oct. 3rd making it the 12th sportsbook for the state.
There are eight tribal sportsbooks in Michigan and 12 total sportsbooks.
A number of retail-sportsbooks are up and running in the state but the hope is to launch online wagering by the end of the year. Although it has been discussed, it’s still unknown if online casino games will be rolled into this new plan of legalization but the sense as of now is it will not.
Early in 2020, both PointsBet and The Stars Group landed land-based partnerships with Michigan properties. PointsBet announced a 20-year deal with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians; TSG, meanwhile, forged a deal with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
PointsBet will launch its self-branded betting app and online casino through its partnership, pending regulator approval. Additionally, it will power the retail sportsbook in Watersmeet. For The Stars Group, its Fox Bet brand will make its foray into Michigan.
Later in the month, Scientific Games teamed with FireKeepers Casino Hotel to power sports betting and iGaming.
By late-February, William Hill landed market access as the bookmaker announced a partnership with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to operate a sportsbook at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel as well as a satellite location at Leelanau Sands Casino.
At this point, the timeline for sports betting apps to debut in Michigan is not entirely clear. There are reports that Michigan sports betting apps could debut in the state as soon as Nov. 2020.
However, based upon the various partnerships that are in place, we do have some idea about which operators will be making their Michigan debut in the near future. There are several major sportsbook companies that have connections to Michigan casinos, which is critical for any sportsbook to put down roots in the Wolverine State.
The app descriptions below reflect the offerings in other states. While there may be Michigan-specific quirks that arise as the apps debut, there tends to be a great deal of overlap from state to state. We will update our descriptions as needed when they finally launch.
In recent years, DraftKings has left its status as a mere DFS provider far behind. Much of that transformation is due to the company’s innovative sportsbook app, which auto-customizes its experience for each player. The DraftKings app is extremely slick and easy to use. DraftKings is partnered with the Bay Mills Indian Community in Michigan.
FanDuel has quickly become a powerhouse in the sports betting space. The site features smooth navigation, clean design and one of the most consistent offerings of great promotions in the industry. FanDuel is a great place to play. The company has partnered with MotorCity Casino in Michigan.
Fox Bet is the joint venture between The Stars Group (parent company of PokerStars) and media giant Fox Sports. The combined effort has created an app that is unparalleled in its entwining of sports betting and media. Fox Sports personalities routinely interact onsite and on the air with the bettors on the site with tips and promotions. Fox Bet is partnered with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan.
BetMGM is, obviously, the online sportsbook of MGM Resorts International. Since there’s already an MGM property in Detroit, it’s no surprise that BetMGM is a leading candidate to launch in Michigan soon. Players who visit BetMGM will find a wealth of betting options and flexibility awaiting them.
PointsBet is an Australian sportsbook provider that has come to the forefront in American sports betting in the last few years. Its signature product, the points bet, combines the standard point spread bet with a multiplier that can mean big wins for players. PointsBet is also one of the most responsive sportsbooks in the country, and is more than happy to work with players to get them the bets they want. PointsBet is partnered with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Michigan.
William Hill is one of the largest sportsbook providers in the world and the US. Its decades of experience mean that serious bettors can find competitive lines and a smooth experience on the William Hill app. The app is available for both Apple and Android users. William Hill is partnered with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan.
Michigan lawmakers wisely included a provision in the state’s gambling expansion to allow players to register remotely. So, as long as you are inside state lines, you can log on to and play any legal and regulated Michigan sportsbook in the state.
The key provision in that statement is the notion of being inside the state lines, however. Both state regulations and the operators themselves will insist upon verifying your location at all times while you are online.
The books will accomplish this task by employing geolocation verification software. This software, which typically incorporates your phone’s onboard GPS to assist its mission, allows the sportsbook to pinpoint your exact location.
Believe it or not, geolocation software is rather accurate. Even if you stood on the state line, you would be unlikely to be able to bypass the location check.
Michigan betting sites are not going to be lenient on this requirement, so don’t get any ideas. They face fines and sanctions if anyone slips through the cracks, so they are hypervigilant about verifying each player’s location. You will have to submit to their screening if you want to play.
Those unfamiliar with sports betting may not realize the sheer breadth of games that online sportsbooks in Michigan will offer. Whether you live in or are visiting Michigan, you are in for quite a treat when it comes to having opportunities for wagerable sports.
The top offerings include the major sports leagues. Every game in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL will have some action available for betting.
There will also be opportunities for wagering on international competitions. Overseas soccer games, Australian rules football and the Olympics will have selected wagers available, and the biggest challenge for Michigan bettors will be negotiating the time difference.
Obviously, college sports are a big deal for many inhabitants in the Great Lake State, too. There will be numerous ways to bet on the University of Michigan and Michigan State through in-state sportsbooks.
There may also be options for betting on competitions that are not strictly athletic events, too. For instance, sports betting sites in Michigan may look to get approval to offer wagering on esports.
With all those sports, there are also myriad ways to bet that will be available. Sports betting has left the days of smoky backrooms and chalkboard odds far behind in recent years. Most Michigan online sportsbooks will have the following types of bets available for each sport:
However, one of the most significant developments in terms of sports bets in recent years has been the explosion of live wagering. Live betting has changed the way that we think about betting on a single game.
Live betting, or in game wagering, is a type of proposition bet. These bets take place on games that are already in progress. Typically, they fall into three categories.
First, a sportsbook may offer live bets as continuations of pregame wagers. So point spreads, moneylines and totals may continue into the game. The only difference is that their lines, or estimates, will shift as the game progresses.
Another type of live betting concerns itself with the potential for players or teams to reach various milestones during the game. These milestones can be a single game, season or even career-length achievements.
Finally, and most notably, the sportsbook will offer action on partial game results. For instance, a book might provide a moneyline on which team will “win” a certain period of play, irrespective of the outcome of the game.
With the technology available today, however, this third type of bet can be expanded to an astounding level of granularity. Wagers on individual plays in football or points in tennis are some of the micro-events that are now appearing as wagerable options online.
As a result of live betting, the number of bets on a single contest has exploded exponentially. A single game could field hundreds of bets. Obviously, the sportsbook tends to see higher profits as betting volume increases. However, bettors also gain the ability to augment their winning bets and recoup their losing ones more easily.
There is one other type of bet in Michigan that deserves special consideration. The futures bet is the perfect option for players who want to bet, no matter the time of year or season.
Futures bets are wagers on cumulative events far into the future. You usually won’t know the outcome of your bet until the end of the upcoming season of play.
So, if you think that this year is the one for the Michigan Wolverines football team, you would place a futures bet. If you think the Tigers could break out and claim the division or a wild card spot, you could put some money on it, even if the season were not in play.
Typical futures bet options include the following:
However, you don’t have to restrict your wagering only to team bets with futures markets. Multiple options are available if you prefer to bet on individual player performances. Typical futures bets that fall into this category include:
Obviously, this list could go on for a while. In most cases, you have some agency to suggest futures bets to wager if the sportsbook does not have what you want listed.
Now, one thing to bear in mind is that almost all futures bets are long shots. The variables that affect the outcome of these wagers are usually so great that even the “favorites” are less likely to win against the field of other outcomes.
Futures bets can be good for 15 minutes of fame, too. Players who bet with their hearts and pick correctly often make the news, so if you ever wanted to be interviewed with a camera in your face, a futures bet might be the way to do it.
However, bear in mind that news stories exist to report on things out of the ordinary. So, if they’re interviewing you about a bet that you won, it should tell you something about the likelihood of winning in the first place.
Many states have restrictions on what bettors and sportsbooks can use as the subjects of their wagers. However, so far, Michigan has been fairly generous about allowing betting on almost every type of sporting event.
The only hard-and-fast restriction is on high school sports. However, this restriction is universal in every single state with legal sports betting, so it’s no surprise to show up here.
Otherwise, everything is pretty much good to go for Michigan online sports betting action.
Michigan law is quite clear about where you could (potentially) bet on sports in the Great Lake State. Your options are the three commercial casinos in Detroit and the 23 tribal casinos scattered throughout the state.
However, the online capability extends to all of those locations, too. So, even in the dead of a Michigan winter, you will be able to place a bet on sporting events from anywhere inside state lines.
We’ve talked about all the different types and flavors of betting that you can do, but we want to discuss some of the teams that are now going to be available for wagering in Michigan. Hopefully, the sections below will inspire you to give online sportsbooks in Michigan a try — if you weren’t already.
We are also including information about horse racing in Michigan. Although Michigan’s live racing options have dwindled greatly, there are still plenty of ways to bet the ponies in the state.
So, here are some of the homegrown options for betting that you can consider in the mighty state of Michigan.
As a fairly populous state, Michigan has representatives from every major sports league. Additionally, Michigan is home to two massive state universities and a host of other reputable schools with active athletics programs.
Some types of betting are universal for all sports. Every event can produce a moneyline, for instance, since there is almost always a winner. Proposition bets abound in all sporting events and are limited only by the imagination.
However, the scoring in some sports does not lend itself to easy bet making for other types of wagers. Lower-scoring sports, like baseball and hockey, do not have a sizable point spread, for instance. In such instances, there are some sport-specific bets that we will discuss.
Michigan is home to a single NHL team when it comes to betting on hockey:
The Red Wings are one of the original teams in the NHL and have a long and storied history. They are one of the most successful teams in the entire league, with 11 Stanley Cup wins and perennial appearances in the playoffs.
Hockey bettors in Michigan will notice that Red Wings games have a bet called the “puck line.” This bet replaces the point spread due to the fact that there are far fewer goals scored in a typical hockey game than is necessary to generate a spread of any size. Instead, sportsbooks set the spread at a standard 1.5 goals and adjust the payout ratios like they would a moneyline.
Michigan plays host to one NFL team for football betting:
The Detroit Lions have a long history as a member of the NFL. Though the team enjoys a devoted fanbase, its performance on the field has never quite pushed the team over the hump. Nevertheless, the Lions maintain a heated rivalry with the Green Bay Packers, and Michigan residents can bet that this year will be the year the Lions break through.
In addition, there are numerous Division I football teams that call Michigan home. Two of the teams play in one of the Power Five conferences — the largest and most prestigious in the country:
There are few college football teams with more accolades than the Michigan Wolverines. The team is the all-time wins leader among all Division I teams and has a host of national championships on its resume.
Archrival Michigan State also has a history of success and renown in the circles of college football. The team’s all-time record is good for a .600 winning percentage and six national titles.
Needless to say, both teams will yield plenty of opportunities to bet for Michigan bettors. Along with all the usual betting types, football games tend to lend themselves to prop bet opportunities and parlays quite well.
Michigan has a single MLB franchise:
Like hockey, baseball is not conducive to scads of scoring in a typical game. So sportsbooks use the “run line” in the same way they do the puck line for hockey. The standard run line spread is 1.5 runs, and the book adjusts the payouts to reflect its expectations for the game. You can view MLB odds here.
There is one NBA franchise that calls Michigan home. You can view all NBA lines here:
The Pistons are a perennial playoff team with three NBA championships on the resume. Between the “Bad Boy” teams of the late ’80s/early ’90s and the aura of Detroit itself, the team from Detroit has developed a reputation for hard-nosed basketball that is both gritty and effective.
Sports bettors can also wager on the college basketball teams that call Michigan home. The following teams compete in the NCAA Division I for basketball:
Obviously, the two big names in that list are Michigan and Michigan State. However, all the teams are eligible to compete for a spot in March Madness, and aside from the two big schools, Michigan universities and colleges have played in the “Big Dance” 21 times.
Like football, basketball games tend to have plenty of scoring, so there is quite a bit of flexibility in terms of the bets that you can make. All the major betting types are available, and prop bets on quarters and halves of play (and individual performances therein) are common.
Once you access the MI sports betting site or download the app, you will need to register an account. Look for a button — usually in the top right of the screen — that says “Sign Up,” “Register,” “Join Now” or some other similar phrase.
After clicking on this button, you will find yourself whisked to a registration screen. The screen will contain blanks and cues for you to provide various bits of individual information.
Commonly requested info includes:
There may also be spaces for a username, password and promotional codes. Fill these first two out, and make sure to check PlayUSA for the latest bonus code at each site. After that, you will be a customer in good standing at the online sportsbook. The whole process should take no more than 10 minutes.
After registering, you will need to put funds into your new account. Although everyone’s financial situation is different, most online sportsbooks will have at least one manner of depositing that will work for every player.
Typical deposit methods include:
Before depositing, be sure to check PlayUSA for any deposit bonuses on your chosen sportsbook; we often have exclusive deals that you cannot find elsewhere. In general, it’s a good idea to take advantage of as many bonuses as possible when using an online sportsbook in Michigan. They can add hundreds of dollars in free bets, insurance and even cash to your account.
One thing to note with any bonus offer, however, are the terms and conditions. Many bonuses will come with a few strings attached that can complicate realizing their full value. In some cases, the bonus might not be worth the effort.
For instance, it is common for awarded cash to come in the form of site credits. You can only use these dollars for wagering and may not redeem them, although you can keep any winnings they generate.
Some bonuses may also come with a playthrough or wagering requirement. These requirements mandate that you wager an amount equal to a certain multiple of the bonus amount. That multiple can range from a single playthrough — meaning that you must only bet an equivalent amount to the bonus — up to 30x, 40x or 50x the bonus amount.
Playthrough requirements may also come with time limits attached, where the bonus will revert to the sportsbook if it is not redeemed. Make sure to be realistic about how achievable any bonus is, basing it upon your playing habits.
Here are some standard types of promotions or bonuses that sportsbook customers may encounter:
Despite being in direct competition with each other, most sportsbooks have a similar layout. Visitors of most online books will find three columns of information on each visual display.
The left column is usually where the sportsbook lists the sports that it features for wagering. This list is comprised of live links, so if you’re a bettor in Michigan who wants to bet on, say, football, you only have to press the word on the screen to see all available football wagers.
The middle column is what most people see when they first visit the site. So, this area is where the sportsbook will list its most popular or featured games for that day. These listings may also include the day’s odds boosts.
Finally, the right column is where you will find the bet slip. As you select your bets, this column will populate and show what sort of wagers you’re preparing.
Bet slips on online sportsbooks often come with a button at the bottom that may seem curious. It may light up periodically with a dollar amount as a bet progresses. This button is the cash-out option. It allows you to settle your open wagers for the displayed amount.
Cash-out options are a win-win for both you and the sportsbook. Bettors can use this to guard against late collapses. The sportsbook saves money on the payout it would’ve owed if the bet happened to win.
Michigan residents and visitors who want to bet on horse racing do have some options in the Great Lake State. It is possible either to use one of the online sites available to Michigan inhabitants or to visit a live racing event.
TVG is the premier online horse betting site in the US. You can wager on virtually any race taking place in America onsite.
Furthermore, you can get expert analysis 24 hours a day. Along with its betting function, TVG is a full-service horse racing network with tips, strategies and discussion around the clock. If you want to make the smart choice on your phone, you should visit TVG.
Live horse racing in Michigan has been on the decline for the past two decades. All but one of its tracks have closed shop.
Unfortunately, the situation is not looking brighter for the future. The lone remaining track has been purchased by a home developer, and the plan is to close the track’s operations in 2021 and use the land for a new housing project.
While the track, Northville Downs, has stated that it wishes to relocate, there is no guarantee that such an event will occur. So, for right now, the future of live horse racing in Michigan looks a bit bleak.
Below is the one remaining racetrack in Michigan:
Northville Downs offers both live and simulcast racing. You can make wagers on races around the country from the comfort of Northville’s grandstand.
By law, there is the potential for 26 sportsbooks to be located in Michigan. The three commercial casinos in Detroit and the 23 tribal casinos around the state are each empowered to open a sportsbook if they choose (and get licensed).
So far, several locations have managed to get their retail sites open and running. Many of them will also join the Michigan online betting market when it goes live. In the meantime, here are the places you can bet on sports in Michigan right now:
This commercial casino located in Detroit is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming. Along with its sportsbook, visitors will find nearly 3,000 slot machines, table games and a poker room.
The MGM Grand Detroit is the Michigan property owned and operated by one of the largest gambling companies in the world, MGM Resorts International. The commercial property features nearly 3,500 slot machines, table games, a poker room and a TopGolf location.
MotorCity Casino is the one of Michigan’s commercial casinos and is owned and operated by Marian Ilitch, who also owns the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and Little Caesars Pizza. The casino itself is a sizable property with more than 2,700 slots, table games and poker.
Although tribal casinos can be smaller facilities, they are not always so. Firekeepers Casino is a large property with 2,900 slot machines, poker, table games, keno and bingo.
These three casinos are each owned and operated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. The properties each contain a few hundred slot machines and some table games. Visitors to these facilities will find cozy “family” casinos, rather than monstrous Las Vegas-style resorts.
The Little River Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The casino property features more than 1,300 slot machines, table games and a high-limit area. There is also a 292-room hotel onsite.
The law greatly expanded many forms of gambling in the state. Along with online sports betting in Michigan, the state will also welcome legal online casinos, online poker and daily fantasy sports in the near future.
Sportsbooks in Michigan are overseen by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Operators have their gross sports betting receipts taxed at an 8.4% rate. Commercial casinos, along with that percentage, must pay an additional 1.25% city tax to Detroit.
The entire package of gambling expansion is estimated to bring in $19 million in new revenue to the state, including a $4.8 million uptick for the School Aid Fund.
Michigan is just getting started with sports betting and is on the cusp of launching online sportsbooks. Online sports betting is likely to be a boon for Michigan due to the state’s geography and climate. Sportsbooks rendered inaccessible by winter storms or distance will still be able to book action.
Michigan’s proximity to Canada, which does not have legal sports betting, also portends good things for the Great Lake State and sports betting. Canadians, hungry to put wagers on their favorite teams, are likely to stream across the border once they can bet with their phones.
Yes, sports betting became legal in Michigan in December 2019.
Nowhere just yet. Regulators and operators must still get their respective acts together, including on licensing and infrastructure.
The safe bet is probably summer 2020. However, one lawmaker has indicated that the state will aim for launching in time for March Madness.
Anyone in the state of Michigan who is 21 or older can bet. It is not necessary to be a Michigan resident to take part but is necessary to be within state lines to wager.
Yes, in most cases, it will be possible to register for an account and deposit into that account from out of state.
No, both Michigan and federal law prohibit betting from outside the state lines. Every sportsbook will be required to maintain strict geolocation of each player onsite.