At the moment, Michigan is one of the most betting-friendly states in the US. The state legalized sports betting at the end of 2019, and retail shops opened in March of 2020. Online betting, on the other hand, didn’t get off the ground until 2021.
To legally wager on sports in Michigan, a person must be at least 21 years old, and there are plenty of elite teams to choose from. That 2004 Detroit Pistons team that featured Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, and Tayshaun Prince is long gone from the city’s landscape, but there’s still a vibrant NBA market in the city.
The Detroit Lions and Detroit Red Wings are two more notable teams in the area, and the approaching NFL season has definitely heightened interest in the former.
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, recently signed a sponsorship agreement with the Lions, making them one of their newest TV network sponsors.
By signing on as an official sponsor of Lions TV shows like “Inside The Den” and “Inside The Pride,” the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe will be able to promote its business on a national level.
“Spin It To Win It” and “Roar-a-oke” contests will be sponsored by the casino as part of the new collaboration, with the winners earning incentives including free nights at the casino as well as free play, concert tickets, and resort credits as a result.
Soaring Eagle and Evolution inked a deal in June that let the casino use material from Evolution, NetEnt, and Red Tiger in Michigan online casinos.
In April, Soaring Eagles Casino debuted Eagle Casino and Sports, a mobile betting app platform in Michigan.
Because legal betting is still relatively new in Michigan, it’s important to keep up with the latest developments. The following is an excerpt from a source above that provides additional details on the legalities of casinos:
“Under Michigan online casino law, you are now able to play real-money slots and table games on your PC or smartphone as well as in person. You don’t have to be resident in Michigan, but you must be located within the state to play. You’ll also have to be 21 or over in order to register for an online casino account.
“Operators are charged a tax for operating online casinos, with up to 28% paid on gross gaming revenue profits. As of 2020, casinos brought in over $1 billion for the state. Sports betting is also legal and taxed at a lower rate.
“Michigan online casinos must operate in partnership with an existing land-based casino in the state. And by the casino launch in 2021, many of America’s top gambling operators were going live. Detroit’s three commercial casinos – plus many of Michigan’s Native American tribes who run land-based casinos – have already opened online gambling sites.”
According to Greatlakesstakes, there are a number of top casinos offering games and odds in Michigan. They include DraftKings, Caesar’s Sportsbook & Casino, BetMGM, Fanduel Sportsbook, BetRivers, WynnBet, Stars Casino, and Golden Nugget.
Video slots are available for real money at all of Michigan’s online casinos. Three-reel stepper slots are available, as well as NetEnt, Everi’s Black Diamond, and Grand Spinn, respectively. It’s also possible to play Megaways slots, which have more than 110,000 ways to win, and win a huge jackpot, legally.
Some sites allow players to try out demo games to get a feel for the game and see how it operates on various devices.
There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to sports gambling. One must be at least 21 in order to legally gamble in the state of Michigan, whether online or in a legal casino. Software approved by authorities would be required to authenticate your identity for a sportsbook. In order to place a bet with a legal sportsbook in Michigan, you must be within the state’s borders, but you are not required to be a Michigan resident.
As a result, bettors in Ontario, Canada can now drive to Detroit and place their wagers in a regulated environment. But those on the U.S. gambling exclusion list or those who have a serious criminal background are not authorized to participate in Michigan betting.
If you’re in Michigan, you can wager on most of the main sports, including MLB, NFL, NBA, and NCAA football or basketball, all of which offer excellent odds.
Straight bets (moneyline, spread, or O/U), parlays and accumulators, pleasers and teasers, player and championship futures, and live betting are some of the most popular choices for wagering on sports.
Michigan is one of the states that require bookmakers to use data from the official leagues for live bets. Sports leagues, which claim to be the sole reliable source of real-time game data, are not happy about this, however.