Hail to the victors! The list of states that have legalized sports betting now includes Michigan.
The Great Lake State joined the ranks just before Christmas 2019, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the Lawful Sports Betting Act on December 20.
The law greatly expands many forms of gambling in the state. Along with Michigan sports betting, the state will also welcome legal online casinos, online poker and daily fantasy sports.
Retail sports betting began on March 11 at two of the three commercial casinos. Those are Greektown Casino and MGM Grand. For now, online sports betting is at least a year away from implementation.
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.
There isn’t any word about which online sportsbook operators will come to MI yet. However, since Michigan is home to roughly 10 million people, there’s little doubt that most of the major operators’ interests will be piqued.
To that end, 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.
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.
Certainly, this is only the beginning.
Last updated April 13, 2020
It should come as no surprise the the first month of Michigan sports betting did not turn heads.
The state’s regulated industry launched just before pro leagues and organizes postponed and even canceled events. That includes March’s biggets money-makers: March Madness, the Masters and the NBA postseason push.
As sports remain sidelined, Rep. Brandt Iden indicated that Michigan could see regulated online betting make an early debut.
Speaking during iGaming Business’ Sports Betting Without Live Sports webinar, Iden, the main driver behind the bill to legalize betting, said that the public might have access to online sportsbooks earlier than expected. As it stands, mobile wagering was anticipated to go live in early 2021.
Now, Iden said, regulators are working “in hopes to have that mobile piece up and ready.”
Once online sportsbooks begin to launch, residents and visitors of Michigan will be able to bet from anywhere in the state. Though the exact companies that will appear may vary, the process for betting online will mostly be the same.
The first thing you will need to do is establish access to the online sportsbook. You will accomplish this feat by either visiting the site through a web browser or downloading an app onto your mobile device.
Regardless of what type of device you have, the browser version will work.
This version is simply the site via Chrome, Safari or whatever other types of web browser you use. In many cases, the site will be designed to detect the type of device that is accessing it. Then, the site self-optimizes to make the experience as smooth as possible.
Those with mobile devices will often prefer to use a dedicated app, however. So, many online sportsbooks will release site versions specifically designed for either iPhone or Android devices.
For Apple users, most sportsbook iOS apps are available through a simple download in the Apple App Store. Find the desired app, ensure it’s the one specific to Michigan, and install it in the same way as any other app.
Android users have to navigate around Google’s ban on gambling apps in the Google Play Store. Furthermore, users must allow installations from other sources on their devices. Then, a visit through the web browser to the browser version of the site should automatically trigger a download prompt for the app file.
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:
◦ Usually, sites offer cash bonuses for registering or entering a unique code.
◦ They often come in site credits.
◦ The sportsbook contributes a percentage of the deposit amount on top of it.
◦ The percentage can be as high as 100%, meaning that every dollar deposited gets two.
◦ Playthrough requirements and time limits are standard.
◦ Also known as match bonuses or reload bonuses.
◦ Dollar amounts that you can only wager, not redeem.
◦ You will only receive the amount of winnings, and the free bet seed money will always go back to the sportsbook.
◦ The sportsbook will refund the value of a certain bet if it loses.
◦ Refunds often come in free bets or site credits.
◦ Usually, these schemes are free to join.
◦ They allow players to accrue points for playing.
◦ Players can redeem points for perks, free bets or prizes.
◦ Sportsbooks will choose certain wagers to adjust their payouts artificially.
◦ Some books choose odds boosts every day.
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.
Those unfamiliar with sports betting may not realize the sheer breadth of games that online sportsbooks in Michigan will offer. Whether you live or visit Michigan, you are in for quite a treat when it comes to having opportunities for wagerable sports.
The cream of the crop includes 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 Lakes State, too.
Unless regulators have a surprise in store, there will be numerous opportunities to bet on the University of Michigan and Michigan State through in-state sportsbooks.
Here is a list of likely markets that will be available for betting in Michigan. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but we feel confident that there will be action on the following sports:
There may also be options for betting on competitions that are not strictly athletic events, too. So far, there isn’t any reason to assume that Michigan sportsbooks won’t offer wagering on e-sports and political races.
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 sportsbooks will have the following types of bets available for each sport:
However, the most significant development 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. So, 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 various 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.
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.