Legal online sports betting officially launched in Michigan in January 2021, and since then, the state has become one of the biggest markets for online sports betting in the country.
Michigan residents and visitors can currently bet on sports through any of 14 licensed and regulated online sportsbooks available in the state, and can take advantage of promotions and sign-up bonuses to get started.
Here’s an overview of online sports betting in Michigan, including who can place bets, where you can bet, and more.
Details About Sports Betting in Michigan
- In March 2022, Michigan internet gaming and sports betting operators reported a record combined $162.15 million in gross receipts, showcasing the growing popularity of online sports betting and gaming in the state. Gross sports betting receipts alone totaled nearly $30.5 million.
- In May 2022, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) added fantasy contest operator license applications to its website, paving the way for more fantasy contests to become available in the state. The initial operator’s license fee is $10,000, with an annual license renewal fee of $5,000.
- The MGCB recently authorized Soaring Eagle Gaming as the state’s latest internet gaming and sports betting operator. Soaring Eagle Gaming will operate under the brand name Eagle Casino and Sports and is currently live and accepting wagers.
- Michigan currently has 14 online sports betting platforms, including popular sportsbooks like DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and BetRivers.
Recent Sports Betting News in Michigan
After enacting new gambling laws in December 2019, Michigan residents can now bet on sports online and in person. Since then, online sports betting has rapidly grown in popularity as new sports betting platforms have become available. Here are a few of the most notable recent developments in Michigan sports betting:
- May 2, 2022: The Michigan Gaming Control Board posts fantasy contest operator license applications on its website.
- April 18, 2022: The MGCB reports its total March sports betting handle at $451.6 million, which marks a 13.4% increase compared to the prior month.
- April 14, 2022: Soaring Eagle Gaming is authorized as the latest internet gaming and sports betting operator in Michigan. This comes shortly after the casino opened its retail sportsbook in the state.
- March 17, 2022: Michigan internet gaming and sports betting operators report a combined $145.28 million in February total gross receipts, with gross sports betting receipts totaling $22.5 million.
- February 24, 2022: TwinSpires announces that it will shift its focus entirely to horse racing and close down its online sports betting operation.
- July 30, 2021: The MGCB authorizes the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan and its platform provider, Parx Interactive, for online sports betting.
- July 12, 2021: The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians and their platform provider partner, NYX Digital, are authorized by the Michigan Gaming Control Board as the state’s 13th online sports betting operator.
- May 4, 2021: The MGCB authorizes Lac Vieux Desert tribe and its platform provider, PointsBet, for internet gaming. This makes Lac Vieux Desert tribe the 12th operator to provide both online gaming and sports betting in Michigan.
- Jan. 22, 2021: Online casino and online sports betting officially launches in Michigan with online sportsbooks like FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetMGM.
Online Sports Betting Apps Available in Michigan
Michigan currently offers 14 options for internet gaming and online sports betting. Of these 14 operators, 11 are partnered with local tribes, while three operate in partnership with commercial casinos.
|Sportsbook||Partner||Tech Supplier||Venue||Launch Date|
|Barstool Sportsbook & Casino||N/A||Kambi||Greektown Casino-Hotel||Jan. 22, 2021|
|BetMGM||N/A||Entain||MGM Grand Detroit||Jan. 22, 2021|
|BetRivers||Little River Band of Ottawa Indians||Kambi||Little River Casino Resort||Jan. 22, 2021|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians||Scientific Games||Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel||Jan. 22, 2021|
|DraftKings||Bay Mills Indian Community||SBTech||Bay Mills Resort & Casino||Jan. 22, 2021|
|FanDuel||N/A||IGT||MotorCity Casino||Jan. 22, 2021|
|FOXBet||Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians||Flutter||Odawa Casinos||Jan. 22, 2021|
|Eagle Sports||Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan||GAN||Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort||April 14, 2022|
|Golden Nugget Casino||Keweenaw Bay Indian Community||SBTech||Ojibwa Casino||Jan. 22, 2021|
|FireKeepers||Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi||NYX Digital Gaming||FireKeepers Casino||July 12, 2021|
|Four Winds||Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians||Pala Interactive||Four Winds Casinos||Jan. 22, 2021|
|Play Gun Lake||Gun Lake Tribe/Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians||Parx Casino||Gun Lake Casino||Aug. 2, 2021|
|PointsBet||Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians||PointsBet||Northern Waters Casino Resort||May 4, 2021|
|WynnBET||Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians||Scientific Games||Kewadin Casinos
(Sault Tribe Online Gaming)
|Jan. 22, 2021|
Are Daily Fantasy Sports Apps Legal in Michigan?
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) apps are a popular alternative to standard sports betting, especially in states that don’t offer legal online sports betting. DFS apps let users create fantasy teams and enter daily fantasy contests to earn prizes, including cash prizes.
In Michigan, the regulation and taxation of fantasy sports were included in the gambling bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in December 2019, and the MGCB began granting temporary licenses to DFS platforms soon after. The MGCB posted fantasy contest operator license applications on its website in 2022.
Michigan residents can partake in daily fantasy sports contests on regulated platforms like DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo Fantasy Sports, and others.
How to Place Responsible Sports Bets in Michigan
Michigan bettors can partake in online sports betting by using any of the 14 licensed operators available in the state. Getting started is a quick process. After choosing a legal online sportsbook, you’ll need to register by providing basic personal and financial information, then you can begin placing bets on all major sports and leagues, including in-state collegiate sports.
When betting on sports online, it’s important to bet responsibly. Online sports betting is a form of gambling and can be addictive.
Responsible online sports betting includes:
- Setting and sticking to a strict betting budget
- Taking breaks from betting when necessary
- Setting time limits to reduce the risk of developing a problematic gambling habit
- Not betting while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Knowing when to cut your losses to avoid significant financial damages
When done responsibly, online sports betting can be a safe and fun hobby. If you think you may be developing or already have a gambling addiction, contact the National Council on Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700.
Michigan Sports Betting FAQs
|Is online sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is mobile sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is betting legal at retail locations?||Yes|
|Minimum legal gambling age||21|
Editor’s note: Information accurate as of May 2022.
How old do I have to be to bet online in Michigan?
You must be at least 21 to bet on sports online in Michigan or place bets in any of Michigan’s casinos.
Do you need to be a resident of Michigan to place bets online?
No, you don’t need to be a resident of Michigan to place bets online, but you do need to be physically located within the state at the precise time that you make the bet. All online betting apps in Michigan use geolocation software to verify that you’re in the state when placing a bet.
Who regulates the online sportsbooks in Michigan?
Online sportsbooks in Michigan are governed and regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
Is it safe to use online sportsbooks apps in Michigan?
Yes, it’s safe to use online sportsbooks apps in Michigan. To ensure a safe and legal sports betting experience, bettors should only use one of the 14 licensed and regulated sports betting apps that are currently available in the state.