The launch date for Michigan’s legal online gambling finally arrives this Friday. Several approved online sports betting and casino platforms go live on January 22, according to a Tuesday press release from the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
Nine different retail casino operators are ready for launch at the Friday start date. The list released by the MGCB sees DraftKings, FanDuel, William Hill, BetMGM, and several other brands introduce both Michigan online sports betting and casino apps Friday.
9 Michigan Online Gambling Apps will Launch on Friday
- William Hill
- Golden Nugget
- Barstool Sportsbook
The list of nine operators launching products on January 22 doesn’t include the full slate of products that will eventually operate in the Wolverine State. The MGCB approved 15 iGaming licenses total, with more than half of those approved operators debuting products Friday.
“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,” said MGCB executive director Richard S. Kalm in the press release. “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.
“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.”
Mobile Online Gambling Platforms to Boost Michigan Casino Economy
Both tribal and commercial casinos are authorized to offer online gaming under Michigan law. The January 22 launch of mobile gaming products comes at a time of unprecedented challenges for Michigan’s retail casino industry.
Michigan’s three commercial casinos (MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Greektown Casino Hotel) shut down for nearly five months due to a COVID-19 emergency order. From mid-March through August 5 of last year, the Detroit-based commercial casinos completely shuttered operations.
The casinos reopened at 15 percent capacity in August, only to shut down again from November 18 through December 21. Tribal casinos aren’t obligated to follow COVID-19 emergency orders, but many have halted business for much of the past ten months.
With the uncertainty of the pandemic playing a significant role for the foreseeable future, the launch of online gaming couldn’t arrive soon enough for Michigan’s casinos.
After Friday’s initial launch, other operators expect to go live with iGaming products “in the coming days and weeks as agency staff review other submissions to ensure they meet the state’s regulatory requirements,” according to the MGCB press release.
Michigan laws allow operators to offer online sports betting and casino gaming. These iGaming products allow players age 21 and over to legally play from anywhere in Michigan.