Michigan will officially join the US sports betting fold this coming Wednesday when two of Detroit’s commercial casinos are set to launch their wagering operations.
The start of legal athletic gambling in the state is subject to final regulatory approval from the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The regulator is expected to grant that final approval during a Tuesday meeting.
Michigan legalizes spots betting and online casino-style gaming late last year. Under a set of bills rubber-stamped by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the state’s casinos can go live with retail and digital wagering and online gambling.
On Wednesday, two of Michigan’s three commercial casinos, all located in Detroit, will debut their retail sportsbooks. However, sports enthusiasts in the state will have to wait a little longer before being able to place bets via their smartphones.
The Gaming Control Board is yet to draft mobile wagering regulations. It is expected that digital sports betting will become available in early 2021.
MGM Grand Detroit and Greektown Casino-Hotel will be the state’s first two casinos to go live with sports betting following the legalization of the practice. The two properties will take their first bets at 1 am on Wednesday, March 11.
MGM Grand is owned by MGM Resorts International, while Greektown was acquired last year by Penn National Gaming.
A spokesperson for MGM has confirmed the imminent launch of sports betting at MGM Grand Detroit. Penn National will use its Barstool Sportsbook brand for the sports betting facility at Greektown. The casino operator purchased a 36% stake in Barstool Sports not long ago and is now looking to utilize the partnership with the digital sports media company as it expands its sports betting presence across different states.
It is still unclear whether MotorCity Casino in Detroit will enter the Michigan sports betting mix in the coming days. According to recent reports, the gambling venue has partnered wagering operator FanDuel for the operation of a retail sportsbook and a betting app when digital gambling becomes available in the state.
Michigan’s recently enforced sports gambling legislation also authorizes the state’s 23 tribal casinos to offer sports betting. A number of operators have already teamed up with some of the state’s tribes to enter its nascent sports betting market.
William Hill recently announced that it is set to debut a retail sportsbook at Turtle Creek Casino and a satellite facility at Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge before the start of the new NFL season. Both casinos are operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized Michigan-based tribe.
Michigan will be the second state to go live with sports betting this week after Rivers Casino Des Plaines is set to launch Illinois’ first sportsbook on Monday.