Few states rival Michigan when it comes to legal online sports betting and gambling options.

In 2019, the legislature passed a comprehensive gaming reform package to legalize mobile sports betting, retail sportsbooks, online casinos and poker sites, and ADW horse racing. Residents may also play the Michigan Lottery online and participate in daily fantasy sports contests from anywhere in the state.

Michigan sports betting began in March 2020 with the launch of the state’s first retail sportsbooks. Mobile sports betting began on January 22nd, 2021, with ten online sportsbooks approved to launch on day one.

Under Michigan’s online gambling and sports betting law, licensed commercial casinos and tribal gaming properties may operate retail sportsbooks, mobile betting platforms, online casinos, and poker sites.

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Michigan is also home to a thriving land-based gambling industry that includes 23 tribal casinos, three commercial casinos in Detroit, and a single parimutuel horse racing track. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) oversees the Detroit casinos and some aspects of tribal gaming compacts, but tribal gaming regulators largely oversee the Native American properties.

Best Michigan Online Sports Betting Apps

Mobile sports betting is legal in Michigan, and gamblers have many options to choose from thanks to laws that foster competition and innovation. The MGCB regulates sports betting and recently approved the launch of online sportsbooks beginning Friday, January 22nd, 2021.

The MGCB has approved ten mobile sportsbooks to date, and more are coming.

Below, we list the best Michigan sports betting mobile apps in terms of reputation, experience, variety of markets, line quality, promotions, and software.

DraftKings comes to Michigan as one of the nation’s leading sports betting providers and daily fantasy operators. As one of the most successful operators in Michigan, DraftKings can afford to throw a lot of money at customers in the form of promotions, bonuses, and added features such as live streaming sports feeds.

The DraftKings MI sports betting menu is best described as comprehensive, both for in-play betting and pregame wagers. DraftKings Sportsbook Michigan covers US sporting events in the greatest detail, with sports betting markets for individual games sometimes measuring in the hundreds.

In Michigan, DraftKings Sportsbook is partnered with Bay Mill Resort and Casino for online and in-person sports betting.

Bet online or download the iOS/Android app here: draftkings.com

The William Hill approach to Michigan sports betting is one of understated professionalism. What that means for bettors is they can expect a simple mobile betting interface, straightforward promotions, and a vast number of sports betting options for every game.

William Hill maintains a significant presence in Michigan with statewide mobile betting plus retail sportsbooks at Turtle Creek Casino and Leelanau Sands Casino.

Bet online or download the mobile sportsbook app (iOS/Android): williamhill.com

BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan is the online extension of MGM Grand Detroit and is one of the more popular sports betting sites. With the backing of MGM Resorts International, BetMGM spares no expense on marketing, which includes frequent real money promotions for customers and an above-average sports betting welcome bonus.

The BetMGM Michigan app (iOS/Android) scores well in functionality, offers in-play betting, and provides live streaming video for select games. Sports betting market options cover the full range of professional, college, and international sports, and the lines are competitive compared to other MI sportsbooks.

Bet online or download the mobile app: mi.betmgm.com

BetRivers brings online sports betting and casino games to Michigan through a partnership with Little River Casino Resort. BetRivers Sportsbook is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming out of Chicago, making it one of the nation’s only major sports betting operators headquartered in the USA.

BetRivers does not host a ton of promotions, but it does do a good job in two key areas:

  • Many betting markets per game (230+ for NFL/NBA games)
  • Live streaming video to watch some games live while you bet

Visit BetRivers: mi.betrivers.com

PointsBet Sportsbook is partnered with Lac Vieux Desert’s Northern Waters Casino Resort to provide mobile sports betting and online gambling across Michigan.

The PointsBet experience is unlike any other in Michigan. PointsBet offers a broad menu of standard wagers, but where it veers away from tradition are its PointsBetting markets. With PointsBetting wagers, customers can choose a dollar amount to wager per point for variable payouts. For example, a bettor placing $10 per point on the moneyline would win $100 if his team ends up covering the line by 10 points.

Learn more and download the PointsBet sportsbook app here: pointsbet.com

FanDuel competes neck-and-neck with DraftKings for sports betting market dominance in most states as the other leading daily-fantasy-site-turned-sportsbook operator.

Like DraftKings, FanDuel is a promotion-heavy online sportsbook. It begins with a welcome bonus for new customers and continues with a steady rotation of Michigan sports betting promotions for everyone. Free bets, refunds on losing wagers, enhanced odds, and free pick ‘em contests are standard fare here.

Bet online or download the mobile app here: sportsbook.fanduel.com

TwinSpires Sportsbook is one of the only operators headquartered in the US as the online betting extension of Churchill Downs Inc., the parent company of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs Racetrack.

TwinSpires comes to Michigan with a lot of experience in online betting and a sterling reputation. Churchill Downs attempted to crack the US sports betting market with BetAmerica but had trouble gaining significant market share. TwinSpires represents the company’s second attempt, but this time with improved software and a more aggressive marketing plan.

Look for frequent promotions and slick software with TwinSpires Sports betting app.

Bet online or download the mobile app: twinspires.com

Golden Nugget Online Sportsbook and Casino came to Michigan online sports betting by way of Atlantic City, where it operates a major boardwalk casino of the same name. The Golden Nugget name is known among gamblers and was one of the most successful gambling sites in New Jersey before coming to Michigan.

Bet online or download the mobile app: goldennuggetsports.com

The infamous, hilarious, and wildly successful sports media empire Barstool Sports launched a self-branded sportsbook in September 2020 for Pennsylvania residents before turning its eye to the Michigan market.

At Barstool Sportsbook, customers will find a full pregame and in-play betting menu, unique promotions, and integrated sports betting content such as live streams to bet alongside Barstool personalities.

Bet online or download the mobile app: barstoolsportsbook.com

WynnBET is one of the newer names to enter the sports betting business. It is operated by one of the nation’s most recognized names in gambling: Wynn Resorts.

The WynnBET app still feels generic relative to the luxurious image its name brings to mind. However, WynnBET’s 2020 acquisition of a unique European operator named BetBull may yet turn the company’s sports betting ambitions into reality. The BetBull business model is highly social, with features such as player profiles and handicapping leaderboards.

Download the WynnBET Michigan sports betting app for iOS or Android: wynnbet.com

Michigan Sports Betting Law

Michigan sports betting is legal at retail sportsbooks and via mobile sports betting sites and apps, thanks to a large online gaming package signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in December 2019. In addition to authorizing Michigan sports betting, the bills also legalized online casino games, poker, and daily fantasy sports.

Key points from the law include:

  • Commercial casinos in Detroit and Class III tribal casinos may apply for sports betting licenses
  • Each casino may contract with a third-party provider to launch one online/mobile sportsbook
  • Establishes the Division of Sports Betting to regulate the industry and adopt additional regulations as needed
  • Sports leagues may request the Division to prohibit certain types of wagers or events if there are valid integrity concerns
  • Division has the authority to decide if official league data must be used to settle in-play wagers
  • Establishes hefty new penalties for acting as an illegal, unlicensed sports betting provider – felony charge, up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000
  • Sets a minimum age of 21 to bet on sports

Licensing costs and taxes:

  • 4% state tax plus 1.25% municipal fee in cities that host casinos
  • Sports betting license: $50,000 initial application fee, $100,000 successful licensing fee and an annual renewal fee of $50,000
  • Supplier license: $5,000 licensing fee and $2,500 annual renewal fee

Read more about the law here.

Retail sportsbooks and mobile betting apps are licensed and regulated in Michigan. As additional sportsbooks launch, we will update this page with details on each.

BetMGM Sports Lounge took its first wagers on March 11th to kick off sports betting in Michigan. The sports lounge features six betting windows, 14 self-serve kiosks, and dozens of HD TVs. Lounge seating and table-top seats are available, along with a full bar.

Hours of Operation

  • 7 Days a Week: 9 AM to 11 PM

The Sportsbook at Greektown was among the first MI sportsbooks to launch and is now open seven days a week in the upper casino level near Trappers Bar. The lounge features four betting windows and dozens of self-serve sports betting kiosks located throughout the property.

The original sportsbook at Greektown Casino rebranded itself as Barstool Sportsbook in December 2020.

Hours of Operation

  • Sunday-Thursday: 9 AM to 12 AM
  • Friday-Saturday: 9 AM to 2 AM

MotorCity Casino is partnered with FanDuel to offer sports betting in Michigan, starting with a large, two-story sportsbook complete with six betting windows, 54 self-serve kiosks, 67 HD TVs and a full bar. MI bettors can find the sportsbook where Chromatics Lounge and Spectators used to be.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Thursday: 10 AM to 1 AM
  • Friday: 10 AM to 2 AM
  • Saturday: 9 AM to 2 AM
  • Sunday: 9 AM to 1 AM

Little River Casino Resort is partnered with BetRivers to manage retail sportsbooks and Michigan online sports betting. In a press release, BetRivers confirmed it will operate the casino’s retail sportsbook, online sportsbook and online casino.

River Rock Sportsbook and Grill is now open for sports betting seven days a week with betting windows plus 24/7 self-serve kiosks.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Thursday: 2 PM to 12 AM
  • Friday-Sunday: 10 AM to 12 AM
  • Betting Kiosks: 24/7

Island Resort & Casino in Harris operates a retail sportsbook in partnership with BetAmerica. The Island Resort sportsbook officially opened to the public in September 2020 and now accepts wagers at two teller windows plus 14 self-serve betting kiosks.

Hours of Operation

  • 24/7

The sportsbook at Firekeepers Casino opened in August 2020 with three teller windows, numerous self-serve betting kiosks, and the addition of HD TVs at Dacey’s Taphouse.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday: 11 AM to 11 PM
  • Saturday-Sunday: 9 AM to 12 AM
  • Betting Kiosks: Daily from 7 AM to 5 AM

William Hill made its debut in Michigan with the launch of Onyx Sports Book at Turtle Creek Casino in September 2020. Customers may place wagers at the sportsbook with staffed teller windows, through self-serve kiosks spread throughout the property, or through kiosks placed inside Leelanau Sands Casino.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Thursday: 12 PM to 12 AM
  • Friday-Saturday: 10 AM to 2 AM
  • Sunday: 10 AM to 12 AM
  • Turtle Creek Betting Kiosks: 10 AM to 3 AM
  • Leelanau Sands Betting Kiosks: 10 AM to 2 aM

Leelanau Sands Casino shares the Onyx Sports Book by William Hill with its sister property, Turtle Creek Casino. The sportsbook is actually located at Turtle Creek, but Leelanau Sands does have an array of self-serve betting kiosks.

Hours of Operation

  • Betting kiosks: 10 AM to 3 AM

Odawa Casino Petoskey remodeled the O-Zone club to clear the way for its all-new sports betting lounge. Wagers can be placed at the betting window during operating hours or 24/7 at sports betting kiosks located around the property.

Hours of Operation

  • Mondays and Thursdays: 6:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday and Sundays: 11 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Betting Kiosks: 24/7

Odawa Casino Mackinaw added sports betting when it installed self-serve kiosks but does not host a dedicated sportsbook.

Hours of Operation

  • Kiosks open 24/7

Four Winds launched sports betting at three of its locations in July 2020. The Four Winds New Buffalo location operates a dedicated sportsbook plus betting kiosks, while Four Winds Dowagiac and Four Winds Hartford offer betting kiosks only.

Hours of Operation

  • Sportsbook open 9 PM – 11 AM daily
  • Kiosks open 24/7

Four Winds Dowagiac offers six self-serve betting kiosks and HD TVs but does not host a staffed teller window. Guests can also visit any of the Four Winds Casino websites to construct wagers online from home, which generates a scannable QR code at the casino for faster placement of bets.

Hours of Operation

  • Kiosks open 24/7

Four Winds Hartford is home to six sports betting kiosks that are all open 24/7. Customers can also visit the Four Winds Hartford website to build bets at home, generate a QR code, and bring it to the casino to place wagers quickly.

  • Kiosks open 24/7

Stage 131 Sportsbook and Lounge opened in October 2020. The sportsbook at Gun Lake is operated in partnership with Parx Casino, an experienced casino and sports betting operated out of Pennsylvania. Guests may place wagers in-person at the betting window or through kiosks located throughout the property.

Passing the MI Sports Betting Bill

No small amount of negotiations between pro-gaming lawmakers and Governor Whitmer was needed to legalize sports betting and online gambling in Michigan. The governor’s chief concern was that legalizing online gambling would divert revenue away from the lottery and in turn, hurt funding for the Michigan School Aid Fund.

In the end, lawmakers struck an agreement with Governor Whitmer to raise the proposed tax rate and allocate revenue generated by online gaming to the School Aid Fund and Responder Coverage Fund to assist first responders stricken with cancer while on the job.

Both sides found the compromise acceptable, and Governor Whitmer signed HB 4916 for sports betting along with two other bills for online gambling and daily fantasy sports. Now, Michigan casinos may apply for licenses to operate retail sportsbooks and online betting platforms.

The legalization of sports betting in Michigan once seemed like a significant long-shot effort, but major developments at the federal and state levels changed the landscape entirely.

The end of PASPA cleared the first major hurdle for Michigan’s sports betting efforts – in fact, it was the primary hurdle for years because PASPA blocked all states from enacting laws to authorize or regulate sports betting.

With PASPA out of the picture, what remained for Michigan was to pass a state law to legalize and regulate sports betting. That effort was undertaken by lawmakers beginning in June 2018 with the Michigan House passing HB 4926 on a vote of 68-40 to send it over to the Senate.

The Senate did not get to the bill in time to get something passed during the summer legislative session, but those efforts resumed that fall. Finally, during the waning hours of the 2018 session, lawmakers in the House and Senate approved a final version of the bill legalizing online casino games, poker, and sports betting (if approved by the newly-created Division of Internet Gaming).

While HB 4926 dealt primarily with online casinos and poker sites, it also included a bit of text authorizing the Division of Internet Gaming (DIG) to approve online sports betting:

The division may permit internet gaming operators licensed by the division to accept internet wagers under this act on any amateur or professional sporting event or contest.

In a surprise move, outgoing governor Rick Snyder vetoed HB 4926 and its companion bills to put a hold on Michigan sports betting until the following year.

The next year would prove more fruitful with the successful passage of a gambling expansion law authorizing not just sports betting but also online poker and casinos and to establishing regulations for daily fantasy sports.

Horse Racing Betting in Michigan

Michigan is home to one full-time racetrack and a handful of licensed horse racing betting sites. The Michigan legislature legalized advance deposit wagering in 2019 and several mobile racebooks have launched since.

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MI Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings have been operating for years in Michigan and nearly received formal legal status in 2018 with a piece of legislation that created a licensing process and established some basic consumer protection regulations.

That bill was vetoed on the same day in 2018 as the failed online gambling and sports betting bills, but lawmakers took up the issue once again the following year with the introduction of HB 4308.

Governor Gretchen signed the bill into law in December 2019 to formally legalize DFS, create a licensing process, and establish consumer protection regulations.

Key points from MI daily fantasy law include:

  • Fantasy sites must apply for a license and pay an initial licensing fee of $20,000 to be followed by an annual $5,000 renewal fee
  • Sets a minimum age of 18 to participate
  • Fantasy sites must keep player funds segregated from operational funds
  • Fantasy sites must submit to an annual audit to ensure ongoing financial viability
  • Individuals may run fantasy contests without a license if those contests are held in private residences, limited to no more than 15 players, collect no more than $10,000 in entry fees in any calendar year and pay at least 95% of entry fees back out to players as prizes
  • Scripts are prohibited unless the fantasy site makes such scripts widely available to all customers
  • Fantasy sites must offer a process by which customers can self-exclude from participating in daily fantasy
  • Highly experienced players must be clearly identified on each fantasy site and contests not open to highly experienced players must be offered. Highly experienced players are defined as customers who have won more than three prizes worth $1,000 each or who have entered more than 1,000 contests

Online sports betting, gambling, and poker are all legal in Michigan, but only at gaming sites authorized by the MGCB. The MGCB has licensed numerous mobile sportsbooks and online casinos already, giving gamblers plenty of options.

Online horse racing betting and daily fantasy sports are legal as well. Michigan’s latest online gambling and sports betting bill also established a licensing process for fantasy operators, but that is basically a formality at this point as DFS operators have already been active in Michigan for years.

The MI Lottery also offers instant-play online gambling that provides a gambling-like experience.

Offshore sportsbooks and gambling sites should be avoided during the wait for legal online gambling. At one point, Michigan law considered it a crime to use the internet to play at unlicensed gambling sites. The provision of criminalizing online gambling was repealed by Public Act 185 in 2000, but offshore betting sites still pose a financial risk as they are unlicensed and unregulated.

Organizing unlawful gambling games remains expressly illegal in Michigan. MI Comp L § 432.218 calls for up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000 for organizing an unlicensed gambling game:

(1) A person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $100,000.00, or both, and shall be barred from receiving or maintaining a license for doing any of the following:

(a) Conducting a gambling operation where wagering is used or to be used without a license issued by the board.

(b) Conducting a gambling operation where wagering is permitted other than in the manner specified in section 9.

Michigan Online Lottery

Michigan is one of just a handful of states with a full-service online lottery available to anyone 18 or older and located within state borders. Governor Rick Snyder expressed support for online lottery sales in 2013, and the lottery bureau got to work.

In late 2014, the Michigan Lottery launched its online platform to little fanfare, but word got out, and Michigan’s iLottery has experienced growth every year since. In 2017, the Michigan lottery raised nearly $78 million for state coffers.

The Michigan online lottery platform offers a full lottery experience from home. With an online account, customers can play 50+ online lottery games and buy tickets to all major drawings. Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 tickets may all be purchased online for exactly the same amount it would cost to buy them at your local gas station.

Since going live, the Michigan online lottery has produced some impressive results for players. Within months of the Michigan lottery going online, it produced its first $1,000,000 winner. MLive.com reported at the time that an anonymous player won a $1 million jackpot while playing Diamond Payout, which is an instant scratch game that’s still available today. Numerous other reports from local media outlets detail other major wins in excess of $100,000.

You can try the Michigan Lottery online and claim a $100 bonus at:

www.michiganlottery.com

Michigan Gambling Sites

Online gambling and poker are legal in Michigan. HB 4311 was approved in both chambers in late 2019 and was later signed into law by Governor Whitmer.

Under the new law, Michigan casinos may operate one online gambling and/or one online poker site. Key points from the bill include:

  • Minimum age of 21 to play online
  • Online casino games and poker to be regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Division of Internet Gaming
  • Online gambling application fee of $50,000, successful licensing fee of $100,000 and annual renewal fee of $50,000

In December 2018, lawmakers in the House and Senate voted in favor of HB 4926 and sent it to the governor’s office for one last signature before coming law. Governor Snyder vetoed the bill at the last minute in 2018.

Some of the key regulations included:

  • Online casino games and poker will be legalized
  • Minimum age of 21 to play
  • Low tax rate of 8% foretells a thriving and competitive industry
  • 12-month delay before online gambling may begin
  • Read more

Senate Bill 203 was introduced in early 2017 in an attempt to legalize online casinos and poker. This bill sought to establish the “Lawful Internet Gaming Act” and permit existing casino operators to take their casino and poker games online. SB 203 called for a $200,000 licensing fee and a $100,000 renewal fee for online gaming sites and a 10% tax on gross revenues and a variety of consumer protection regulations.

SB 203 served a promising start but could not make it through the necessary votes to become law before the 2017 legislative season ended. That bill had little support among the state’s existing casino operators. Additionally, lawmakers must always tread very carefully to satisfy Michigan’s gaming tribes and commercial operators at the same time. You can read more about this bill and our predictions at the time of this old post.

That bill appeared all but dead through the early months of 2017. However, the bill resurfaced once again in March of 2017. The updated version of the bill made two concessions to tribal gaming interests in the hopes of making the bill more palatable for all interested parties.

One of those concessions was imposing a 12-month moratorium on commercial casinos launching their own casino sites to give the tribes time to prepare their own regulations and launch plans. Additionally, the bill gave tribal gaming interests more say in how they regulate online gambling. Tribes would have still been subject to some state regulations, such as minimum age of participation, but the tribes would have been given more leeway in coming up with other regulations.

This all led up to the introduction of HB 4926 in 2017. HB 4926 read almost identically to the Senate bill from earlier in 2017. However, lawmakers added language to the bill this time around to potentially allow Michigan to legalize sports betting on the condition that sports betting is not prohibited by federal law (the Supreme Court has since stricken down the federal law prohibiting sports betting).

A bill introduced back in 2016 also tried but failed to legalize online poker and casinos in Michigan. Senate Bill 889 (full text here) sought to legalize online poker and casino games, create a division of internet gaming, and issue up to 8 licenses for operators to offer real money poker games and casino gambling on the internet.

This post, published in 2016, provides more detail. In summary, SB 889 would have given Michiganders 21 or older the ability to play legal online poker and casino games with licensed operators. Furthermore, the bill included a provision that would allow Michigan to enter online gaming compacts with other states and foreign jurisdictions, provided those compacts did not violate federal law or the laws of the other jurisdiction.

That part about gaming compacts was especially important for online poker because it avoided the problems that follow when states ring-fence their players off from the rest of the world. Restricting players to only playing with other people from the same state puts a severe damper on how many tables actually run at any given time. Online poker needs a large player base to keep the games running.

SB 889 successfully made it through its first vote in June of 2016. The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee approved the bill by an 8-1 vote. That moved the bill one step closer to a full Senate vote but could never gain the traction it needed before the 2016 legislative session came to a close.