Michigan Finally Launches Online Sportsbook & Casinos

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It feels like it has been a long time in coming following the launch of land-based sports betting back in March 2020, however, Michigan finally welcomed online sports betting and online casinos on Friday, 22 January 2021.

The Wolverine State began its new era with the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) authorizing nine new operators and their commercial or tribal casinos for the big day. With the launch, Michigan sports bettors and online casino players can now sign up for an account and play online casino games or place wagers on authorized sporting events.

In late 2020, the MGCB gave the green light for 15 sports betting providers and come 2021, they have stuck to their promise to launch once both a tribal and a commercial casino were ready to begin with their betting platforms.

MGCB Executive Director, Richard Kalm, wrote in a prepared media statement of the online gaming launch in Michigan;

“The Michigan Gaming Control Board and the state’s commercial and tribal casinos will begin a new era Jan. 22 with the launch of regulated online gaming and sports betting. Michigan residents love sports and, judging by inquiries we’ve received, eagerly anticipate using mobile devices to place bets through the commercial and tribal casinos,” he wrote.

“Online gaming and sports betting will provide the casinos with new ways to engage with customers while the state and local communities will benefit from taxes and payments on wagering revenue,” Kalm added.

Which Sports Betting Platforms Made The Cut In Michigan?

The list of approved Michigan online sportsbooks and their land-based casino partners are;

Eight of the nine operators are providing both an online sportsbook and an online casino, while Barstool Sports have launched a standalone online sports betting platform.

The MGCB is expected to give approvals in the coming weeks for the remaining six operators with provisional licenses to launch their operations.

“We want the public to have confidence when they place wagers, and our agency has required the providers to prove they meet Michigan’s standards, which are designed to protect the participants,” the MGCB’s Kalm explained.

Where the Michigan Online Gaming Taxes Will Go & Who Will Benefit

In the state of Michigan, the tax and payment rate for online sports betting has been set by lawmakers at 8.4%. Meanwhile for online casinos, the state tax and payment rate for internet gaming ranges from about 20% to 28%, gaming board officials announced.

For the Detroit commercial bricks-and-mortar casinos, online sports betting and online casino taxes are set to be earmarked with 30% going to the city of Detroit, 65% to either the State Internet Gaming Fund or the State Internet Sports Betting Fund, and 5% to Michigan’s Agriculture Equine Industry Development Fund (up to $3 million per annum from each tax source).

For the tribal casinos, online sports betting taxes would be apportioned to the Internet Sports Betting Fund (at a rate of 90%) and the Michigan Strategic Fund (10%). Online Casino taxes are to be designated to local jurisdiction governing body for services (at a rate of 20%), 70% to the State Internet Gaming Fund and 10% to the Michigan Strategic Fund.

The Internet Gaming Fund will look after problem gaming programs, first responders funding with the remainder going into the state school system.


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