Michigan is home to a thriving sports betting scene, ranking among the most prominent in the United States. Here’s everything you need to know about Michigan’s sports betting laws and regulations, designed to ensure the industry operates smoothly in the Wolverine state.

  • Partnerships with major Detroit-based franchises
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  • Partnership with the Detroit Pistons
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Sports betting is now legal in Michigan, but it wasn’t legalized right after the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018. In March 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed multiple bills, which brought sports betting, online casinos, and online poker under the same regulatory roof alongside the previously legalized online horse racing betting and fantasy sports.

However, it wasn’t until the following year, in 2021, when the gambling industry began to skyrocket in the state. Major online sportsbooks such as DraftKings, BetMGM, and FanDuel have since launched in Michigan.

At the time of writing, there are 15 online betting sites operating in Michigan. The state’s first online sportsbooks didn’t launch until January following its legalization the previous year.

Here’s a list of all the online Michigan sportsbooks currently in operation:

SportsbookDate of Launch
Fanatics22 February 2024
ESPN Bet14 November 2023
BetMGM22 January 2021
BetRivers22 January 2021
Caesars22 January 2021
DraftKings22 January 2021
FanDuel22 January 2021
Golden Nugget22 January 2021
WynnBET22 January 2021
FOX Bet29 January 2021
Four Winds-branded15 February 2021
FireKeepers2 August 2021
Eagle Casino & Sports14 April 2022
Play Gun Lake2 August 2021
SI Sportsbook7 September 2022

Michigan’s Lawful Internet Gaming Act and Lawful Sports Betting Act were two of the most significant laws which passed following the state’s legalization of sports betting in December 2019.

Below are some of the key aspects of Michigan's sports betting laws:

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    Commercial casinos in Detroit can apply for sports betting licenses. The initial licensing fee for casinos and sportsbooks is $50,000.

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    Each casino can contract with a third-party provider to launch an online sportsbook.

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    There are hefty penalties in place – up to ten years in prison and a potential fine of $100,000 – for operating as an illegal sports betting provider.

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    Bettors must be at least 21 years old to wager on sports.

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    Sports betting will be regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

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    Wagers can be placed on in-state college games.

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    Sports leagues may request the Gaming Control Board to prohibit certain types of wagers, or bet on particular event if the Board determined such wagers threaten the event’s integrity.

Such laws and regulations are crucial in ensuring the sports betting industry functions smoothly and fairly in Michigan. The state’s gambling industry is a reliable contributor to its economy, with profits made from the various betting avenues directly aiding the growth of the state.

In fact, by August 2023, Michigan had raised close to $1bn in taxes from sports betting, and generated in excess of $150m in revenue.

There are now multiple online bookmakers forced to adhere to Michigan’s sports betting laws. Let's take a look at some of the best and most popular MI sports betting apps in the state.

DraftKings Sportsbook

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DraftKings’ mobile app is certainly well revered, with the bookmaker regarded as the US’ most popular sportsbook alongside other industry leaders. It offers easy navigation and free-to-play pools each week, rewarding thousands of bettors with bonus bets. While there may be some chaos, it doesn’t take long to get used to its interface.

Pros:
  • Promotions stand out on the app
  • Quick and easy betting process that allows you to bet on the move
  • Array of promotions are accessible
Cons:
  • Homepage can occasionally look quite chaotic
  • Limited customer support options

FanDuel

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The brilliance of FanDuel’s mobile app lies within its simplicity. There’s nothing outstanding — although the sportsbook’s new customer offer and exciting promotions will entice many. However, FanDuel nails the basics to facilitate an easy and enjoyable betting experience. While this is a monster sportsbook, the super structure of the mobile app renders it simple to navigate through.

Pros:
  • Allows users to create custom parlays
  • Comprehensive sportsbook includes a vast selection of markets and sub-markets on popular events
  • User-friendly experience due easily-navigable interface
Cons:
  • Some users have had geolocation issues, which can delay verification process
  • Loyalty program doesn't stack up against its competitors

BetMGM Sportsbook

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BetMGM’s sportsbook is superb, and despite so much being packed into it, their mobile app is clean and efficient. This is one of the few apps which provides livestreams of popular sporting events, and bettors can make the most of a ton of exciting features to enhance their betting experience.

Pros:
  • Livestreaming of thousands of events across various sports
  • Hefty sportsbook consists of over 20 sports
  • Incredible connections and partnerships
Cons:
  • Michigan is one of just two states where BetMGM’s excellent casino is accessible
  • Stuttering customer support during peak hours

Here are some of the best valued sports betting promotions in Michigan:

BetMGM Bet $5 Get $150

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Michigan sports bettors can take advantage of BetMGM’s new customer offer, which is available until the summer. There are multiple welcome offers for local bettors to choose from, with the state being just one of a few offering such a luxury.

This BetMGM offer rewards new customers with $150 in bonus bets from a mere $10 deposit. To qualify, you must place at least a $5 bet at standard odds price on any BetMGM sports market.

There’s no catch either. Once your qualifying bet is placed, you’ll immediately receive your bonuses. The outcome of the wager is irrelevant. A maximum of six bonus bets can be redeemed, and each of these must be used within a week of their accreditation.

DraftKings No Sweat Bet up to $1,000

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No Sweat Bets are common promotions among US sportsbooks, and DraftKings’ welcome offer is the ultimate example of this promo.

New users can earn a No Sweat Bet worth up to $1,000, but only if their qualifying wager loses. This bet must be made after your first $5 deposit, but you can stake however much you want.

The size of your deposit bonus depends on how much you stake for your qualifying bet. So, if you place a $10 bet and it loses, you’ll receive one $10 Bonus Bet. You can stake a maximum of $1,000 and win a $1,000 bonus bet if it loses.

While the No Sweat Bet offers some insurance against your first loss, please ensure you only stake what you can afford to lose when placing your qualifying bet.

FanDuel Bet $5 Get $200 in Bonus Bets

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FanDuel beats out its competitors by offering a whopping $200 in bonus bets as part of its current new customer promotion in Michigan.

There are obvious similarities to other offers in that you must make a minimum $10 deposit and place a $5+ wager, but you will only receive your $200 in bonuses if your qualifying bet wins.

Fortunately, there’s no minimum odds requirement, so you can place a bet that is very likely to win to ensure you unlock the bonuses. You can also bet on any market, which is the case when you receive your bonus bets.

The biggest city in Michigan, Detroit, is home to an array of major sports franchises which span numerous sports. The Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, and Pistons are all well-supported in the state, meaning that America’s most popular and prominent sports — football, baseball, basketball, and ice hockey — are all excellent betting options for Michigan bettors.

Sportsbooks place a great emphasis upon these sports, with specific promotions targeted towards local teams.

It’s also legal to bet on college sports, and bettors are allowed to wager on in-state Michigan sports teams. Therefore, Michigan sportsbooks will offer markets for games that involve the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans.

Several bodies are at work in ensuring Michigan’s betting laws and regulations are upheld. These include:

Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB)

The MGCB — the major player in Michigan’s sports betting law and regulations — oversees and enforces all gambling regulations in the state. The board was founded in 1997 and is made up of five members. Pretty much everything in regard to Michigan gambling, such as licenses and compliance audits, runs through the MGCB.

Commercial Casino Brands

There are 22 total casinos in Michigan, including three in Detroit, and they must pay initial licensing fees as well as annual fees to maintain their legality in the state. These casinos, as well as associated sportsbooks, must adhere to the laws set in place by the state and are regulated by the MGCB.

Tribal Governments

Native American tribes have a major role to play when it comes to Michigan sports betting, with their presence providing some complications during the legalization process. As Native American tribes are sovereign nations, they regulate their own affairs. They have total control over the casinos (regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission) on their land. However, they must negotiate compacts with the state to determine the realms in which they can operate.

This guide outlines Michigan sports betting laws, underscoring the state's emergence as a key player in the industry. With regulations and structures in place, Michigan is positioned to ensure smooth and ethical sports betting operations, fostering economic and social prosperity.

Here is a list of useful legal resources in Michigan:

Michigan legalized sports betting in 2019, with the first bookmakers opening operations in March 2020.

Yes, DraftKings has operated in Michigan since January 2021.

Yes, FanDuel has operated in Michigan since January 2021.

Michigan state legalized sports betting in December 2019. This means you can legally bet on sports, enjoy college football, as well as retail sportsbooks.

The Lawful Internet Gaming Act and Lawful Sports Betting Act were the two most influential bills passed in Michigan law as part of the state’s legalization of sports betting.

WRITTEN BY James Cormack View all posts by James Cormack

Big sports fan specialising in football. Experienced the lows of Vlad Chiriches and Tim Sherwood as a Spurs fan along with the more recent ‘success’ under Pochettino. My following of the New England Patriots since 2012 somewhat makes up for the lack of silverware produced by Spurs in my lifetime.

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