iGaming could be legal in Michigan

Online gaming services would only be offered at land-based casinos.
Online gaming services would only be offered at land-based casinos.

A project to regulate the authorised iGaming operations in Michigan casinos has been recently introduced at the Legislature.

US.- Michigan State has joined the federal debate on iGaming regulation with an innovative project that aims at legalising the market only inside land-based casinos. Under the new amendment, the State will allow online gaming industry operations and participations with the original condition of developing the services in authorised casinos.

The highly acclaimed industry, which currently operates in Michigan although there is not a clear regulation, is expected to boost the regional economy. Residents of the State have shown interest in participating at the legal platforms as unauthorised companies are already developing their businesses there. However, as the iGaming industry has reached numerous clients, operators do not contribute with Michigan’s financial situation as they do not pay taxes.

The online gaming platforms would be integrated at three commercial casinos in Detroit –MGM Resorts, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Greektown casino– and at American Indian tribes’ betting venues. The company’s operators are going to be in charge of the online poker and card games. Sen. Mike Kowall, of White Lake Township, sponsors the bill and considers iGaming is “a revenue source for a state that sorely needs it.”

Regional native tribes expressed their opposition to the bill as they would have to respond to Michigan Gaming Control Board and pay further taxes, if they apply for iGaming licenses. Currently, tribal casino contribute to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Residents of the State would soon face a ballot to approve the consideration of the legal issue.