Michigan legalized both retail and online sports betting in December 2019, and it did not take the state long to get things up and running. Sportsbooks first began operating in March 2020 but were quickly forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state has favorable laws for both operators and bettors, which has created a growing market in Michigan. The legal gambling age in Michigan is 21 years of age.
Physical Sportsbooks in Michigan
There are three commercial casinos in the state of Michigan to go along with 23 tribal casinos. All of these properties are able to apply for a sports betting license, which could create a competitive market.
Currently, all three of the commercial casinos have opened up a sportsbook, and just one tribal casino has taken that step. The list is expected to grow in 2020 and beyond.
Here are the four locations where sports betting has launched in Michigan:
- MGM Grand Detroit
- Greektown Casino
- MotorCity Casino
- FireKeepers Casino
Michigan Online Sports Betting Sites*
- William Hill
*Michigan has yet to launch mobile sports betting, but it will likely happen very soon. Experts predict that online sports betting will launch at some point in early 2021, and some operators have already started lining things up.
The Midwest region of the United States has seen tremendous growth in the sports betting industry over the last few months, and Michigan is a huge part of that. Most sports betting operators believe that Michigan can become a leader in the industry, and a number of the biggest names are expected to launch.
Each of the sports betting operators below has already partnered with a land-based casino, and they will be offering both retail and online sports betting.
- Barstool Sportsbook
- FOX Bet
- William Hill
Until mobile sportsbooks officially launch in Michigan, it’s impossible to really know what the top bonus offers will be to bettors. We can look at some of the operators expected to launch and see what their bonus offers look like in other markets.
Apps Expected to Launch in Michigan
DraftKings offers new customers a bonus that can be worth up to $1,025. The bonus comes in the form of a risk-free bet, a first deposit match, and a free $25. The same bonus should be expected from this bet app in Michigan.
PointsBet is currently offering customers in other markets two risk-free bets up to $1,000. Customers are eligible for a fixed-odds risk-free bet up to $500, and a points betting bet up to $500.
BetMGM offers customers a first deposit match up to $1,000 in some markets around the country, and that bonus will likely be similar in the United States.
Teams to Bet On
Detroit is one of just a dozen cities in the United States that is home to a professional sports team in all four sports. The state of Michigan is also home to a pair of Big Ten Conference schools, and both Michigan and Michigan State provide some excellent betting options.
Here are some of the most popular teams in Michigan, and these teams will drive sports betting.
- Detroit Lions
- Detroit Pistons
- Detroit Red Wings
- Detroit Tigers
- Michigan Wolverines
- Michigan State Spartans
Popular Betting Types
Michigan lawmakers allow betting on collegiate sporting events, and they also allow sportsbooks to offer a wide range of betting options. Sportsbooks will all feature the same basic betting types, but there will be some variation.
One of the most popular betting options for customers is live betting, and that will be featured throughout the state. Live or in-play betting will become even more popular in Michigan when mobile sports betting is launched.
- Live Betting