It’s been a long time coming, but sports gambling has finally become legal in the state of Michigan. Hard at work on the issue since 2015, the Michigan statehouse finally got its act together and passed legislation in December of 2019.
However, this has only made legal sports gambling legal in Michigan and, unfortunately, not available in Michigan as of yet. Both brick and mortar, as well as online sportsbooks, will be able to operate in the state.
While there is no official launch date, the Michigan sports gambling industry hopes to be up and running in the spring of 2020, just in time for the NCAA March Madness Men’s’ Basketball Tournament.
Statewide Brick and Mortar Sportsbooks
The state of Michigan is home to 23 tribal casinos as well as three more commercial casinos, all of which are permitted to apply for a sportsbook license. While there are no brick and mortar sportsbooks operating as of yet, there will be plenty of options by the summer months.
Available Betting Apps
As mentioned, there are no legal online betting apps available right now in Michigan. This, of course, is sure to change. However, industry insiders think getting online sportsbooks up and running will be tougher than brick and mortar establishments.
For this reason, it could be another eight to 12 months after official launch until we see legal online sports betting in Michigan. That said, there are always the off-shore online sportsbooks at the ready in the state.
As stated, there is currently no timeline or launch date for legal online betting in Michigan. However, the success of online sports betting in neighboring states such as Indiana is forcing the issue, and we expect Michigan to not miss out on such an opportunity for tax revenue.
Best Bonuses and Promotions
Due to its location, Michigan is actually a very large market, so we are sure to see plenty of sportsbooks, online and on land. This type of competition promises plenty of bonuses and promotions across the board.
When Michigan sports gambling is live and online, be sure to do your research on which sportsbook is offering the best deals.
Sports Available for Betting
Again, we just have to wait to see exactly what legal sports gambling in Michigan looks like upon its launch to properly answer this question. However, judging by the platforms looking to enter the market, you can expect all of the popular North American sports to be available, as well as many international sports and leagues such as soccer and auto racing.
Michigan’s proximity to Canada may also bring a focus on winter sports such as hockey and curling.
The payment options will vary from site to site and sportsbook to sportsbook. However, what we’ve seen thus far is industry standard and should always be available.
Along with cash, debit cards, and credit cards, players can also use bank transfers or specialty prepaid cards available via the sportsbook of choice.
Legal Betting Age
You must be 21 or over to legally gamble on sports in the state of Michigan. Restrictions also may apply to anyone associated with a professional or collegiate sports team or league located in the state.