The wait is finally over. Michigan sports fans can now legally bet on sports from the comfort of their home, just in time for the Super Bowl.
The Michigan Gaming Board officially authorized nine casinos and their sportsbooks to launch Friday, just 12 months after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill to legalize online gaming. The Great Lakes State becomes the 12th state to offer both in-person and online betting.
Michigan has legally allowed in-person sports betting at some casinos since March 2020 and anticipates a massive spike in revenue now that bettors can place wagers online. Michigan is the 10th most populous state, and Detroit’s Motor City Casino features the second-largest FanDuel Sportsbook in the country.
According to FanDuel Group chief marketing officer Mike Raffensperger, Michigan was an enticing market because they have one of the lowest tax levels on sports wagering. Michigan has just an 8.4 percent tax on revenue for both in-person and online wagering.
Michigan expects a strong opening like the one in New Jersey, which grossed over $301 million in 2018. With a large number of sports fans in the state, it wouldn’t be surprising.
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