DraftKings Sportsbook is coming soon to Michigan.
In June 2020, DraftKings announced a partnership agreement with Bay Mills Resort & Casino to construct a retail sportsbook at the casino and to offer statewide mobile betting.
The press release did not mention online gambling, but DraftKings does offer casino products in other states and will bring those to Michigan as well. Based on estimates from the Gaming Control Board (MGCB), DraftKings Michigan will likely commence online betting in Fall 2020 or early 2021.
With widespread name recognition and a large player database courtesy of its prior daily fantasy operations in Michigan, DraftKings is set to hit the ground running but still has its work cut out for it amid no shortage of competition.
DraftKings Michigan Bonus
- Welcome offer: Up to $1,000 in free bets and bonus money
- Bonus code: None needed
The DraftKings Michigan bonus offers new customers up to $1,000 in bonus funds spread across two welcome offers.
$500 Deposit Bonus
Sports bettors who sign up for an account and make a deposit of at least $5 receive an extra 20% in bonus funds for up to $500 extra.
For example, a deposit of $100 would result in a $20 bonus while a deposit of $2,500 or more would result in a $500 bonus.
The DraftKings deposit bonus comes with a 25x rollover that can be met in the sportsbook, casino or by entering daily fantasy contests. For every $25 wagered, $1 in bonus funds are released to the customer’s real money account until the full bonus has been cleared.
Sports wagers only count toward the rollover if they are placed at odds of -300 or longer. This means wagers at -300, -200, +120, +250 etc. count toward the rollover but wagers at -330, -400 etc. do not.
Players have 90 days to clear as much of the bonus as possible.
$500 Risk-Free Bet
In addition to the deposit bonus, DraftKings Sportsbook will match each new customer’s first wager with a free bet of equal size.
This offer is unlike most others in that each customer’s first bet is matched win or lose. Whether the first bet wins or loses, all new customers receive a free bet of equal value that may be used to place additional wagers on sports.
The free bet cannot be withdrawn and is not included in any winnings, but anything won with the free bet is eligible for withdrawal. This offer comes with no additional rollover requirements and must be used within 30 days.
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Customers can log in to the DraftKings app or website to view a small lineup of daily promotions that are often related to the major sports of the week. Enhanced odds offers, free bets and refunds are common themes.
Some of these offers provide a good amount of value and should be noted. For example, one recent promo to celebrate the start of the NBA season offered customers the opportunity to bet $20 on any NBA team to win its opening game for a flat $100 payout.
At the same time, another promo provided a 30% boost on all golf bets related to the week’s major PGA tournament. The lineup changes regularly, but there is often something worth taking advantage of at DraftKings.
DraftKings Michigan Sportsbook Review
DraftKings Sportsbook comes to Michigan as one of the more experienced and well-funded operators. As a result, DraftKings is fully stocked in terms of features and sports coverage. Customers will find no shortage of sports to bet on, in-play betting events and live data.
None of that automatically makes DraftKings the best Michigan sportsbook, though. Constant reminders to play blackjack can be annoying, for example, and the odds are not always as sharp as those offered by the competition.
In summary, DraftKings Michigan has enough going in its favor to warrant opening an account, but bettors would be wise to also monitor the lines elsewhere to ensure they are always getting the best odds possible.
Mobile App Download and Interface
- Standalone mobile apps: iOS and Android
- Mobile-friendly website: Yes
The official DraftKings mobile app can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices. Bettors can visit DraftKings.com for the proper download links or bet online through the website with no download necessary.
Overall quality and usability for the app is high, which is not particularly surprising given the resources DraftKings has at its disposal. The app manages to pack a large number of features, including live streaming video and detailed statistics, into the app without bogging it down performance wise.
One minor but fixable issue with the app is an indicator to play blackjack that is displayed at all times by default. Not only is it distracting, but it’s not particularly helpful for bettors who would rather not be tempted to spend their sports betting bankrolls on casino games. However, a quick visit to the user settings menu provides customers an option to disable to blackjack reminders permanently.
DraftKings Sportsbook is limited only by Michigan law in the types of sports upon which it accepts wagers. Pending MGCB approval, DraftKings is willing to take bets on any of the following sports.
- Australian Rules
- Beach Volleyball
- Cyclo Cross
- Horse Racing
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Motor Sports
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Table Tennis
- Winter Sports
The number of betting options provided for each event is generally larger than average, particularly for professional US sports and college games. Both pre-market and in-game markets cover a full range of game outcomes, point totals and props.
A small sampling of some of the more common types of wagers bettors will find at DraftKings includes moneylines, point spread and totals plus team/player to score first, alternate lines and totals, inning/period/quarter/half outcomes, race to X points and many player stats propositions.
In many cases, customers will find 100+ betting markets open for action before and during games – and sometimes significantly more than that.
In-play betting is a clear strong point for DraftKings Michigan with an active calendar that provides ample events to bet on every day.
Some other sportsbooks are able to compete in this regard, but DraftKings has the added advantage of data. With this data, DraftKings is able to provide more in-play betting markets and share more statistics with customers than just about anyone else in the market today.
As a result, DraftKings Sportsbook boasts a rich in-play betting experience. The betting options include a large number of outcome-related wagers as well as short-term wagers and “Flash Bet” that are resolved in-game within minutes. For example, bettors can wager on the outcome of the next pitch in an MLB game being a strike/foul, ball/hit-by-pitch or hit or on the outcome of the at-bat as a whole.
In-game statistics provide a detailed look at the game as it progresses as well. During an MLB game, for example, customers can view the outcome of every pitch (whether it was a slider or fastball, whether it was a strike or foul, the location of the pitch and even the trajectory of hits).
Live Streaming Video
DraftKings Sportsbook provides live streaming video for games from a small but growing list of leagues. The current live streaming options are limited to fairly niche sports, but DraftKings is slowly improving the quality of sports to which it has streaming rights.
Currently, customers who have a funded account may watch Korean Baseball, Bundesliga Soccer, table tennis and a handful of other events from around the world.
DraftKings Michigan Casino
DraftKings entered the online casino business in 2018 with the launch of a single blackjack game for its New Jersey customers and steadily grew the product from there. What began as a simple add-on to the sportsbook app is now a full-fledged casino with several hundred games.
The DraftKings Casino game selection now consists of 360+ slots, table games, video poker and live dealer games.
Customers can access the casino and sportsbook with a single account and a shared wallet. Players can download the standalone DraftKings Casino app by itself or access the full library of games through the sportsbook app and website.
- 312 games
- Minimum wagers start at $0.01
- Maximum wagers reach $1,500
A large portion of DraftKings Casino is dedicated to slots games, which are provided by a variety of third-party software developers. The end result is a game selection that is quite varied in terms of styling, graphics, jackpots, return-to-player rates and volatility.
The large number and variety of slots is a plus, but DraftKings Casino does a poor job organizing the slots. Neither the casino app nor website offer a way to search or sort slots by developer, type or even name. This leaves players simply scrolling a long list of slots until they find something that looks appealing.
- 61 table games
- Minimum wagers start at $0.10
- Maximum wagers reach $10,000
DraftKings hosts a larger-than-average number of table games with more than 60 on tap. The collection includes a lineup of standard casino classics (blackjack, baccarat and roulette) plus interesting variations on the classics with titles such as Basketball Roulette and Football Blackjack.
Live Dealer Games
- 18 live dealer games
- Minimum wagers start at $0.10
- Maximum wagers reach $10,000
The live dealer casino at DraftKings provides access to 18 table games staffed by human dealers and streamed to players via live video feeds. The collection includes live blackjack, roulette, baccarat, Dreamcatcher, three card poker, Ultimate Texas Holdem and auto roulette.
Low minimum bets make the live dealer area more accessible to players than most casinos, but there is also plenty of room for high rollers with maximum wagers topping out at $10,000 at some tables.
- 6 video poker games
- Minimum wagers start at $0.10
- Maximum wagers reach $500
DraftKings hosts a small selection of video poker games that are offered at a fairly wide range of stakes. Titles include Game King Video Poker, Game King Jacks or Better, Game King Double Double Bonus Poker, Triple Play Draw Poker, Ten Play Draw Poker and Five Play Draw Poker.
Security and Responsible Gambling
The Lawful Sports Betting Act of 2019 requires licensed Michigan sportsbooks to promote gambling responsible and to provide customers with means to help keep their gaming under control.
To that end, DraftKings Michigan provides players with the ability to set daily, weekly and monthly limits on deposits and spending, plus limits on the maximum wager size and maximum number of hours they may be logged in during any single day.
Players may also initiate cooling off periods within the app that restrict them from logging in for a period of 3 days to one month and to self-exclude entirely for one year or five years.
As far as technical security is concerned, DraftKings Sportsbook has that under control. Even before coming to Michigan, DraftKings was bound by regulations in other states to provide certain levels of security such as proper player identification protocols and encryption of private information.
Players may also elect to enable biometric logins on the DraftKings app and to receive e-mails every time their account is logged into.
Customer support is a weak point for DraftKings as it seems to be for most of the bigger operators. The only way to reach DraftKings support reps is via e-mail or a help request form. Customer support is available 24/7, which is good, but it would be better to at least have live chat and ideally 24/7 phone support.
DraftKings Michigan Deposit Methods
DraftKings Sportsbook accepts each of the following deposit methods. Default minimums and maximums are set at $5.00 and $2,500 respectively (except for PayNearMe), but players can request higher limits on a case by case basis.
|Credit and Debit||$5.00||$2,500|
|PayNearMe||$5.00||$500 per day|