Michigan Online Sports Betting

Michigan online sports betting

Retail and Online Sports Betting in Michigan

You can now bet on pro and college sports legally in Michigan. This page shows you how to get the most from sports betting in the Great Lakes State – covering both retail and online sports betting.

Regulated sports betting was part of a 3-bill gambling expansion. This was signed into law by Gretchen Whitmer in December 1999. HB 4916 allows each of the 26 tribal and commercial casinos in MI to apply for retail and online sportsbook licenses.

Partnerships between the major online sportsbook brands and Michigan casinos saw the first opportunities to bet in early 2020.

Everything you need to know about sports betting in Michigan

Anyone over 21 can place a bet at licensed online and retail sportsbooks in Michigan. There is no legal requirement to be a state resident – as long as you are inside state lines.

The legal changes started with the Supreme Court overturning an act known as PASPA. For many years, that act banned sports betting at the Federal level. It was successfully challenged, with jurisdiction over betting returning to the states in 2018.

In December of 2019, 3 gambling expansion bills were signed. These include HB 4916, which covers Michigan sports betting. This set up a process for the Michigan Gaming Control Board to issue licenses. Each of the 26 Michigan casinos can apply for a license. This will allow them to open a retail sportsbook and offer online gambling too.

Here are some details from the bill:

When Will Online Sports Betting Launch in Michigan?

It’s not clear when Michigan sports betting will launch.

No exact date has been set, however, plans are in place to hopefully have one sportsbook up and running in time for March Madness.

We don’t know if that’s a retail sportsbook and online betting site or just one of the two options. Other forms of gambling are expected to launch during the summer / fall of 2020.

Which Michigan Casinos Will Have Retail Sportsbooks?

With 26 casinos covering Michigan, you’ll be able to find a sportsbook nearby. Most of the casinos are expected to apply for a license. Here are the venues expected to apply, along with their location.

What Online Sportsbook Brands Are Available in Michigan?

Instead of developing their own online betting platforms and apps, the Michigan casinos will partner with established betting brands. With a population of 10 million, Michigan will attract the biggest and best national brands.

Here are some of those expected to announce partnerships with the local license holding casinos:

What Michigan Teams Can I Bet On?

You won’t be restricted to betting on the big MI pro teams – though bets involving them are bound to be popular. Detroit is the only city in the country that has teams in the top-tier of all 4 pro leagues within its city limits.

Here are the key teams to look out for when the online sportsbooks go live.

Things don’t stop with the big pro teams of course. Michigan has a thriving sports scene in the minor leagues – plus some highly-rated college teams. Look out for the following:

Sports Betting in Michigan: How Online Sportsbooks Work

There are two was to access online sportsbooks. You can download an app on your smartphone (or iPhone) or tablet – or access them via a website.

You can access the websites and place bets via your mobile devices. These sites will recognize that your screen is small and adapt their navigation to fit. For the best experience on phones, downloading the apps is recommended.

For Apple devices, you can download the new Michigan sportsbook apps directly from the Apple App store. Android users need to do direct to the brands of the sportsbooks. Google won’t allow gambling apps (even completely legal ones) in their ‘Play’ store. It is quick and easy to get the apps from the website of the sportsbooks. Simply visit the sites with your Android phone or tablet and follow the prompts. You might need to click some messages warning you that you are downloading from an ‘unknown source’.

Apps include geo-location technology. This ensures that you are within MI state lines – a legal requirement. This means you’ll need to allow the sportsbooks to track your location in order to bet.

These contain all the cashier, account, bonus tracking and betting functions that you need to bet online.

Three Sections: Navigating Around Online Sportsbooks

Mich sports betting and apps share a core structure. While the designs and details of the navigation are different – there are 3 main sections, plus account and cashier areas in all of them.

Once you have a placed a couple of bets, getting around the apps will become a breeze. Below is an overview of the main areas of online sports betting sites:

The cashier area covers your deposits and withdrawals. You’ll be able to check your progress towards clearing any sportsbook bonuses, plus your personal information and history, via your account page.

Types of Bet You Can Place at Michigan Sportsbooks

You’ll be able to bet on upcoming matches and place season-long bets in many different ways. This section covers the most popular bets. Individual sports have their own bets too.

Single match bets are the most popular. There are three lines highlighted when you first see a match in the online sportsbooks, these are the moneyline, point spread and totals bets.

The standard format for listing odds is in relation to a $100 bet. You can bet any amount you like. If you see a positive number, that is the return on a $100 bet. For example, +220 means you’d get $220 if you win, plus your stake back. Negative numbers show how much you’d need to bet to win $100. Favorites are listed with negative numbers. For example, odds of -200 mean you’d need to bet $200 to win $100 more (again, your stake is returned).

Here is how they work:

Bets on Multiple Matches

You can bet on more than one match in 3 different ways. These are parlays, teaser bets or round robins. Sportsbooks will often run promotions based on multi-team bets. These can boost odds for wins or return your stake if you lose by a single game.

Here is how the different multi-team bets work:

Props, Period Betting and Futures Bets at MI Sportsbooks

There are many more bets available at both retail and mobile sportsbooks in Michigan. Prop bets vary widely by sport. These bets are on player performances or other factors which are not match results. Props can be entertaining, for example the exact length of the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

Period betting involves making separate bet on each half, quarter or other period in a match.

Futures bets are usually on season-long outcomes. This could be player of the year (or most points scored), or backing a team to make the play-offs, or even win the World Series / Super Bowl / Stanley Cup and so on.

Live (In-Play) Betting is Coming to Michigan

The best Michigan online sportsbooks unlock new ways to bet. The most popular of these is in-play betting. This involves placing bets on matches which are already underway. Feeds will keep the odds updated instantly as the on-field action changes. You can place many of the single-match bets and props covered above while you are watching a game.

Betting Markets: What Sports Can You Bet On?

There are very few restrictions in the Michigan sports betting bill when it comes to the type of sports you can wager on. High school sports, and games where most participants are under 18 are off-limits to the sportsbooks.

All the brands will offer a huge range of markets on the major pro leagues, soccer, golf and boxing / MMA. The depth of coverage for international and niche sports does vary significantly between the brands.

Below is a run-down of the main sports and leagues covered by MI sportsbooks.

Other popular sports you can bet on include Rugby, Cricket, Australian Rules Football, Cycling and Snooker.

Taking Advantage of Bonuses at Michigan Sportsbooks

With the online sportsbooks opening in 2020, there will be a lot of competition for your business. This makes it the perfect time to take advantage of the welcome bonuses and special promotions, to give your betting bankroll a welcome boost.

Offers to look out for include no-deposit free bets, matched welcome bonuses, no-lose first bets, boosted odds on major sporting fixtures and more. Regulated sportsbooks are fair with their bonuses – though it always pays to read the terms. Things to look out for include the length of time your free bets are valid for, how many times you need to wager your wins before your money can be withdrawn, and whether there are minimum / maximum odds.

Welcome bonuses are a great way to get started, though it is the loyalty rewards and promotions which will bring you the most benefits long-term.

Promotions can include insurance against losses in overtime, boosted odds on big games or free bets based on your action. You’ll also find mobile sportsbooks offer incentives for trying out their in-play betting services.

With online casinos and poker also available in Michigan, you will also find cross-over promotions on brands that offer this.

How to Deposit at Mobile Sportsbooks in Michigan

It is easy to find your mobile betting account – and easy to withdraw your wins too. You can choose to use your credit card in the same way you’d make any online purchase – or use one of the many alternatives listed below:

Location of Retail Sportsbooks in Michigan

Until the licensing process is completed, we will not know which of the Michigan casinos will have retail sports betting facilities. The three big commercial casinos in Detroit will certainly have sportsbooks – with most of the tribal casinos also expected to open one.

Here are the potential locations for retail sportsbooks.

NameAddressHours of operation
Bay Mills Resort & Casino11386 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 4971524 hours
Dancing Eagles ResortN5384 US-45, Watersmeet, MI 49969N/A
FireKeepers Casino Hotel11177 East Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 4901424 hours
Four Winds Casino58700 M-51, Dowagiac, MI 4904724 hours
Four Winds Casino68600 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford, MI 4905724 hours
Four Winds Casino11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, MI 4911724 hours
Greektown Casino Hotel555 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI 4822624 hours
Gun Lake Casino1123 129th Ave,
Wayland, MI 49348
24 hours
Island Resort & CasinoW399 Hwy US 2- 41,
Harris, MI 49845
24 hours
Kewadin CasinoN 3 Mile Rd, Hessel, MI 497459:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Kewadin CasinoN7761 Candy Cane Ln, Christmas, MI 498629:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Kewadin Casino5630 W, US-2, Manistique, MI 498549:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center2186 Shunk Road,
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783
24 hours
Kewadin Shores Casino & Hotel3015 Mackinac Trail,
Saint Ignace, MI 49781
24 hours
Kings Club Casino12140 W. Lakeshore Drive,
Brimley, MI 49715
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Northern Waters Casino Resort5384 Highway US 45 North, PO Box 129,
Watersmeet, MI 49969
24 hours
Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge2521 N West Bayshore Drive,
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Little River Casino Resort2700 Orchard Hwy, U.S. 31 and M-22,
Manistee, MI 49660
24 hours
MGM Grand1777 Third Street,
Detroit, MI 48226
24 hours
MotorCity Casino Hotel2901 Grand River Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48201
24 hours
Odawa Casino1760 Lears Road,
Petoskey, MI 49770
24 hours
Ojibwa Casino105 Acre Trail,
Marquette, MI 49855
24 hours
Ojibwa Casino16449 Michigan Avenue, M-38,
Baraga, MI 49908
24 hours
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino2690 Worth Road,
Standish, MI 48658
24 hours
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort6800 Soaring Eagle Boulevard,
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
24 hours
Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel7741 M-72 E.,
Williamsburg, MI 49690
24 hours

You can expect multiple big screens showing the day’s action, dining and bar facilities and staff to advise you on how to place your bets from the retail sportsbooks. If Michigan follows other states, the books will be open from 10am to 11pm on weekdays, with extended opening hours at weekends and on busy match days.

Other legal betting states

Final Thoughts on Legal Sports Betting in Michigan

2020 saw sports betting go live in Michigan. This followed the signing of Bill 4916 in December 2019. Retail and online sports betting licenses are available to all the tribal and commercial casinos in the Great Lakes State.

These casinos have partnered with many of the biggest national and international sports betting brands. These include FOX Bet, DraftKings, FanDuel, William Hill and others. These partnerships will allow apps and website sportsbooks – and some will also include branded retail sportsbooks.

You’ll be able to bet on the pro sports leagues and college action in a variety of ways including single match bets and parlays. With mobile sports betting, a new way of betting on matches which are already underway – in-play betting – is available in Michigan.

Michigan residents will have a big choice of brands. You can take advantage of their welcome bonuses including no-deposit free bets and matched deposit bonuses to give your betting bankroll a great start. Promotions, odds boosts and loyalty schemes will then keep your bankroll topped up.