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Michigan Mobile Sports Betting Won’t Be Live Until 2021

Recently updated on January 25th, 2020

Michigan mobile sports betting has been authorized by the state’s gaming regulators. However, it won’t be online until 2021. Spokesperson for the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), Mary Kay Bean, said this past week that there needs to be time taken to write and finalize rules that will regulate online sports betting. Bean expects this will take about a year before the first mobile sports bets can be placed.

michigan mobile sports betting offline until 2021

“We are at a very early stage of this process. The agency must establish several sets of administrative rules, which pass through many levels of review,” Bean said of Michigan mobile sports betting. She added that to get Michigan mobile sports betting rolling, it will require cooperation of various agencies. “The timing of implementation depends not only on our agency, but also on decisions other departments, agencies, and the legislature make along the way,” Bean said.

Sports betting and online gambling bills in Michigan were signed in December 2019 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D).

Michigan Sports Betting the Next Step After Online Gambling

Before Michigan mobile sports betting and online gambling was legislated, the Lawful Sports Betting Act regulated the state’s tribal casinos and three commercial casinos in downtown Detroit. These establishments were the only ones that could apply for sports betting privileges.

Securing a Michigan mobile sports betting operating license will cost venues $100,000 and it can be renewed annually for $50,000. Furthermore, the state will tax the operators’ gross gaming revenue (GGR) from sports betting 8.4%. However, it increases to 11.65% in Detroit because of its 3.25% tax revenue on any gambling activity.

The MGCB expects land-based sports betting to be running in the state sometime this spring. In anticipation, Michigan casinos have been partnering with sportsbooks and building sports betting lounges. For example, the MGM Grand Detroit has already opened its $6 million MoneyLine sports betting space. Other sportsbooks that have announced their partnerships with tribal casinos are Stars Group and PointsBet.

Bean said that their opening dates entirely depend on when applications are approved. “Timing will depend on how quickly we receive applications, can approve the casinos’ internal controls, and are able to issue required licenses,” she said.

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