Sports Betting, Online Gaming Opens on Friday Across Michigan

Sports betting and online gambling will become legal in Michigan at noon on Friday. So far, the Michigan Gaming Control Board announced it approved provisional licenses for 15 platform providers.
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Sports betting and online gambling will become legal in Michigan on Friday. The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced it approved provisional licenses for 15 platform providers. // Stock photo

Sports betting and online gambling will become legal in Michigan at noon on Friday. So far, the Michigan Gaming Control Board announced it approved provisional licenses for 15 platform providers.

As part of the rollout, Rush Street Interactive, based in Chicago, will begin accepting wagers in Michigan at BetRivers.com, its online casino and sportsbook.

At the same time, Penn National Gaming, based in Pennsylvania, will launch its Barstool Sportsbook mobile app on iOS and android, as well as a desktop version. Penn’s announcement follows the opening of its retail Barstool Sportsbook at Greektown Casino Hotel in Detroit.

BetMGM, which is based in New Jersey, will launch its iGaming app in Michigan, giving customers a variety of betting options as well as benefits tied to MGM Grand Detroit and MGM Resorts’ casino resorts nationwide.

Eligible players over the age of 21 can create an account at BetRivers.com ahead of launch. The platform will offer online slot machines and table games, including blackjack, baccarat, and roulette. Live dealer offers are in the works, and users will also be able to access millions of sports betting options on thousands of games each year. Rush Street launched its online gaming platform in 2016.

“We are confident our customers in Michigan will appreciate RSI’s acute focus on offering an honest and transparent gaming service, unique to the industry player bonusing and loyalty programs, and BetRiver.com’s comprehensive selection of casino games and sports betting options,” says Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street.

The company operates online sportsbooks in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Colorado.

During the opening weekend of the Barstool Sportsbook, Penn will partner with Barstool Sports on a fundraiser to support Michigan small businesses impacted by COVID-19. From noon on Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Michigan residents will have their first-time deposit on the Barstool Sportsbook mobile app matched with a donation to The Barstool Fund provided they wager equal on more than their first-time deposit during the weekend.

In addition, visitors to the retail Barstool Sportsbook at Greektown will have their first-time rated wager matched by Greektown Casino with a donation to the fund.

Penn offers retail and online gaming, live racing, and sports better entertainment. Barstool Sports was founded in 2003 and is a digital sports, entertainment, and media platform.

BetMGM’s mobile gaming experience allows sports fans to customize pre-game, live in-play, futures, and parlay wagers. Users can also access casino games including slot tournaments, progressive jackpots exclusive to Michigan, blackjack, roulette, and video poker.

Integration with MGM Resorts’ M life Rewards program allows BetMGM users in Michigan the opportunity to redeem their gameplay for experiences at MGM Resorts properties nationwide.

Michigan is the ninth state where BetMGM’s mobile sports betting is available statewide and the fourth state for its online casino.

Overall, Michigan licenses were issued to:

  • American Wagering Inc., William Hill Sports Book
  • Betfair Interactive US, FanDuel Sportsbook
  • BetMGM, Roar Digital
  • Churchill Downs Interactive Gaming, TwinSpires
  • Crown MI Gaming, DraftKings
  • GAN Nevada Inc.
  • Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc.
  • NYX Digital Gaming (USA)
  • Parx Interactive Inc.
  • Penn Sports Interactive
  • PointsBet Michigan
  • Rush Street Interactive MI
  • Sports Information Services Ltd. Kambi
  • TSG Interactive US Services Ltd. Fox Bet
  • WSI US, Wynn Sports

The Detroit News reported that the following operators are authorized to launch Friday:

  • Bay Mills Indian Community, DraftKings
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, William Hill
  • Greektown Casino, Penn Sports Interactive/Barstool Sportsbook
  • Hannahville Indian Community, TwinSpires
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Golden Nugget Online Gaming
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Rush Street
  • MGM Grand Detroit, BetMGM/Roar Digital
  • MotorCity Casino, FanDuel
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Wynn

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