Michigan approved legislation in 2019 legalizing mobile sports betting and the construction of retail sportsbooks at casinos. Under the law, each of Michigan’s 26 land-based casinos may apply for licenses to accept sports wagers in-person and online.
The first MI sportsbooks launched in Spring 2020, just in time for March Madness. Mobile betting is moving at a slower pace and current estimates put the launch of the first mobile sportsbooks in early 2021.
Mobile Sportsbooks in Michigan
Tribal and commercial casinos alike may apply for mobile sports betting licenses from the MGCB. Total initial licensing fees of $150,000 and a tax rate of 8.4% (+1.4% municipal tax for Detroit’s commercial casinos) should encourage most to apply for licenses.
Each licensed casino may partner with a single online betting provider to manage its in-person and online betting operations. With 26 casinos in total, that should leave plenty of opening for most of the nation’s biggest sports betting brands to enter Michigan. The MGCB issued its first licenses in December 2020 to clear the way for the launch of mobile betting.
Operators that are likely (or already confirmed) to enter Michigan at some point include:
- BetMGM (licensed)
- BetRivers (licensed)
- PointsBet (licensed)
- DraftKings (licensed)
- FanDuel (licensed)
- FOX Bet (licensed)
- Scientific Games (confirmed)
- Barstool Sportsbook (licensed)
- William Hill (licensed)
- TwinSpires (licensed)
- Golden Nugget Online (licensed)
- Parx Interactive (licensed)
- Wynn Sports (licensed)
List of Retail Sportsbooks in Michigan
It is likely all 26 of Michigan’s casinos will move to open retail sportsbooks, although the timeline for each individual sportsbook will vary. Some have launched and more are in the process of doing so.
As each casino’s sports betting plans become known, we will add information regarding proposed launch dates and sports betting partnerships.
Partnerships and Launch Dates
|Casino||Sports Betting Partner||Launch Date|
|MotorCity Casino||FanDuel||March 2020|
|Greektown Casino||Barstool Sportsbook||March 2020|
|MGM Grand Detroit||Roar Digital (BetMGM)||March 2020|
|Northern Waters Casino||PointsBet||TBD|
|Turtle Creek Casino||William Hill||September 2020|
|Soaring Eagle Casino|
|Saganing Eagles Landing Casino|
|Ojibwa Casino Marquette||Golden Nugget Online||TBD|
|Ojibwa Casino Baraga||Golden Nugget Online||TBD|
|Odawa Casino Mackinaw||The Stars Group (FOX Bet)||TBD|
|Odawa Casino Resort||The Stars Group (FOX Bet)||TBD|
|Little River Casino Resort||Rush Street Interactive (BetRivers)||July 2020|
|Leelanau Sands Casino||William Hill||September 2020|
|Kings Club Casino|
|Kewadin Shores Casino St. Ignace|
|Kewadin Casino Manistique|
|Kewadin Casino Hessel|
|Kewadin Casino Christmas|
|Island Resort & Casino||Churchill Downs Inc. (TwinSpires)||September 2020|
|Gun Lake Casino|
|Four Winds Dowagiac|
|Four Winds Hartford|
|Four Winds New Buffalo|
|Firekeepers Casino Hotel||Scientific Games||June 2020|
|Bay Mills Resort & Casino||DraftKings||TBD|