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Sports betting in Michigan

Sports betting was legalized in Michigan in December 2019 when Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed bill HB4916 into law. At the same time the Governor also signed two other bills to legalize online casino gambling and poker and Daily Fantasy Sports. Retail sports betting at casinos launched in March 2020 and online sports betting launched in January 2021. 

To say sports betting has been successful would be a major understatement, as in the first 10 days of legal sports betting $100 million in wagers were made. There are currently 15 Michigan online sportsbooks and they have to be partnered with land-based casinos in the state. 

In this article we will map out all the key points you should be aware of for sports betting in Michigan. It will touch on tax issues, legal issues, what sportsbooks are available, timeline of events, what you can and cannot bet on, and how to start wagering in the Wolverine State. 

All legal sports betting options in Michigan

The legal situation on Michigan sports betting

May of 2018 is an important date laying the framework for legal sports betting in Michigan and all other states as well. It was at that time that the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and made sports betting legal on a state-by-state basis. Michigan acted a little over a year and a half later when sports betting became legal in December 2019 with the passing of HB4916 into law, as well as two other gambling bills legalizing online casino games and poker and Daily Fantasy Sports. 

There are currently 15 online sportsbooks available to bettors in the Wolverine State. All gambling activity in the state, including sports betting, is regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Since sports gambling became legal in Michigan the state has taken in nearly $14 million in taxes. 

A license for sports betting costs $100,000 with an application fee of $50,000 and an annual operating fee of $50,000. 

🛑 What you can’t bet on from online sportsbooks in Michigan

Michigan is a state where you can bet on in-state college games and college games that are held in the state. That is good news for those that like to bet on collegiate action, as Michigan has some major sports programs such as University of Michigan and Michigan State. Unlike other states Michigan does not have restrictions for proposition bets for college games but you cannot wager on player prop bets. The state also allows for entertainment and political betting while many other states do not.

Here are the restrictions on what you cannot bet on in Michigan: : 

  • College player proposition bets 

🟢 What you can bet on from online sportsbooks in Michigan   

  • NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Baseball 
  • Major Domestic Leagues, including NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, MLB, MMA, UFC, etc. 
  • Major International Leagues, including England Premier League, Italy Serie A, Spain La Liga, etc. 
  • Major sports events, including NBA playoffs and finals, Stanley Cup, Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, The Masters, Olympics, etc.
  • Most betting types, including spreads, moneylines, totals (over/under), parlays, futures, proposition bets (pro sports no college player props), and live bets. 
  • eSports 
  • Entertainment bets, such as betting on the Oscars or Emmys 
  • Political bets, such as who will win the next presidential election 

What is the tax situation in Michigan   

Michigan has one of the lowest sports betting tax rates in the country at 8.4% on gross revenue. The city of Detroit’s commercial casinos have to pay an additional 1.25%.The tax money goes for funds that help with education and problem gambling services in the state. In the first full year of legal sports betting Michigan took in $7.3 million in taxes. 

All the available sportsbooks in Michigan     

  • Barstool Sportsbook
  • BetMGM Sportsbook
  • BetRivers Sportsbook
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Eagle Casino and Sports 
  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • FireKeepers Sportsbook
  • Four Winds Sportsbook
  • Fox Bet Sportsbook
  • Golden Nugget Sportsbook
  • Gun Lake Sportsbook
  • PointsBet Sportsbook
  • TwinSpires Sportsbook
  • WynnBET Sportsbook

Forecasts about the future of online gambling in Michigan     

The forecast is bright for sports betting in Michigan. There are currently 15 online sportsbooks in the state and with the over 25 land-based casinos there are sure to be more go live in the near future. Bettors were chomping at the bit to start betting on sports and in only the first 10 days of sports betting being legal $100 million in bets were taken in. 

Many of the casinos that are partnered with online sportsbooks also have retail sportsbooks at their establishment. Here are where you can find retail sportsbooks in the Wolverine State: 

  • FireKeepers Casino Hotel
  • Four Winds Dowagiac
  • Four Winds Hartford
  • Four Winds New Buffalo
  • Greektown Casino Hotel
  • Gun Lake Casino
  • Island Resort & Casino
  • Leelanau Sands Casino
  • Little River Casino and Resort
  • MGM Grand Detroit
  • Motor City Casino Hotel
  • Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel

Timeline of main events in Michigan    

  • January 2021 – Online sports betting launches
  • March 2020 – Retail sports betting launches
  • December 2019 – Retail and online sports betting legalized 
  • December 2018 – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoes bill that would have legalized sports betting 
  • May 2018 – The Supreme Court overturns Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which made sports betting legal on a state-by-state basis. 
  • 2017 – In committee Michigan Legislature passes the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, which lays the groundwork for legal sports betting. 

How do I start betting online in Michigan     

It is a fast and simple process to start to bet online in Michigan. There are basically only two things you need to do in picking a sportsbook and then going through the verification process. You need to choose from one of the 15 licensed MI online sportsbooks and then register for an account. Then you will go through the verification process where you will submit such info as: 

  • Full name
  • Birthday 
  • Social Security Number 
  • Personal verification information 

Once the sportsbook has verified your identity you can start to wager on your favorite sports. It has been mentioned before that online poker and online casino gambling in Michigan is legal. If you like to play poker and take part in casino games then it is a good idea to look for a Michigan sportsbook that also has a casino and poker room. This way you can bet on all three things through one account. 

FAQs

Who regulates the legal online sports betting in Michigan?

The  Michigan Gaming Control Board regulates legal online and retail sports betting.

Are the odds the same while betting in Michigan as in any other state?

Yes. The odds will be the same if a sportsbook is offered in multiple states. For example, if you look at BetMGM in Michigan and Colorado they will have the exact same odds. If it is two different bookies, such as BetMGM Michigan and DraftKings Colorado the odds may be a little different but not much at all. Across the board the odds will be nearly the same.

What are the differences between sports betting in Michigan compared to any other state?

In Michigan you can bet on in-state college teams and college games held in the state and that is not the case for other states that have legal sports betting. The one restriction in Michigan is that you cannot make player prop bets for college games. There are quite a few states that have restrictions for eSports, political, and entertainment betting but that is not the case in Michigan. Another difference is that Michigan is one of a handful of states that has legal sports betting as well as legal online poker and online casino betting. Michigan also has one of the lowest tax rates on sports betting at 8.4%.

Is sports betting legal in Michigan?

Yes. Sports betting, both retail and online, were legalized in December of 2019. Retail sports betting went live in March 2020 and online sports betting went live in January 2021.

How old do you need to be for online sports betting in Michigan?

You must be 21 years old to gamble on sports in Michigan.

Where can you bet online in Michigan?

If you are at least 21 years old you can make bets at any of the 15 online sportsbooks in Michigan as well as at retail locations in casinos located in the state.

Do I need to be a resident of Michigan to bet at Michigan sportsbooks?

No. You do not need to be a resident of Michigan to play at the state-licensed sportsbooks but to make bets there you will have to be within the state borders.

Can I access my Michigan sportsbook account in other states?

Yes. You can set up an account, check odds, make deposits and withdrawals, and contact customer service at MI online sportsbooks out of state. However, you will not be able to make wagers at the books if you are in another state.