Michigan: Online gambling to launch Friday

Approved operators will be able to launch their online platforms on January 22.
Approved operators will be able to launch their online platforms on January 22.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved the first nine casinos and their online platform partners.

US.- State regulators have given the green light for online gambling to go live in Michigan this Friday (January 22).

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has approved the first nine casinos and their online platform partners. Additional approvals are expected to be made in the coming days.

So far, the Detroit commercial casino operators authorised to launch online platforms on January 22 include: MotorCity Casino with FanDuel, MGM Grand Detroit with BetMGM/Roar Digital and Greektown Casino with Penn Sports Interactive/Barstool Sportsbook.

For Michigan’s tribal casinos, DraftKings was approved for the Bay Mills Indian Community, William Hill for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, TwinSpires for the Hannahville Indian Community, Golden Nugget Online Gaming for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Rush Street for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Wynn for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

The executive director of the gaming control board, Richard Kalm, said: “The Michigan Gaming Control Board and the state’s commercial and tribal casinos will begin a new era Jan. 22 with the launch of regulated online gaming and sports betting.

“Michigan residents love sports and, judging by inquiries we’ve received, eagerly anticipate using mobile devices to place bets through the commercial and tribal casinos.

“Online gaming and sports betting will provide the casinos with new ways to engage with customers while the state and local communities will benefit from taxes and payments on wagering revenue.”

Retail sports betting launched in Michigan last March when the MGCB gave the green light for Detroit’s three casinos to begin accepting sports wagers, although casinos were ordered to close due to the pandemic shortly afterwards.

More recently, Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill designed to allow interstate online poker by making it legal for online poker operators to create liquidity pools with players from other states.

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