he Michigan Gaming Control Board has officially authorized nine casinos in the state to start offering online gambling and sports betting this weekend.
"Michigan residents love sports and, judging by inquiries we’ve received, eagerly anticipate using mobile devices to place bets through the commercial and tribal casinos," said Gaming Control Board Executive Director Richard Kalm. "Online gaming and sports betting will provide the casinos with new ways to engage with customers while the state and local communities will benefit from taxes and payments on wagering revenue."
The board is reviewing more applications and may authorize additional online gambling or betting options later, ABC News reports.
DraftKings Mobile Sportsbook and iGaming
Fans in the Great Lakes State can soon place bets on their favorite leagues and teams and play a variety of iGaming options such as blackjack, roulette, and slots through DraftKings' mobile Sportsbook and Casino app beginning January 22.
The launch in Michigan follows an expansive year during which DraftKings broadened its national sportsbook product footprint to include Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee. Upon launch on Friday, the company will be live with mobile sports betting in 11 states.
"Foremost, we would like to thank Bay Mills for their tremendous support in bringing DraftKings to the great state of Michigan," said Jason Robins, DraftKings co-founder, chairman, and CEO. "We are confident that our mutual commitment to product innovation and customer experience will serve as a solid foundation as we soon introduce Michiganders to the signature DraftKings experience."
The historic Bay Mills Resort & Casino is the state’s longest-operating gaming facility and has been instrumental in providing access to DraftKings’ online sportsbook and casino to the state of Michigan.
"We look forward to officially launching our partnership with DraftKings and bringing a new aspect of gaming entertainment to our fellow Michiganders," said Bryan Newland, Indian Community Chairman, Bay Mills. "Online gaming and sports betting will help our tribe and our casino move solidly into the future."
In addition to DraftKings’ traditional betting opportunities, customers in Michigan can expect several promotions, including those related to the four professional sports teams and a number of Division I collegiate football and basketball programs. As DraftKings is now an official sports betting and casino partner of the Detroit Pistons, customers can play team-specific, free-to-pay pools, odds boosts and more.
Penn National to launch Barstool Sportsbook app and iCasino products
Penn National Gaming will officially launch its Barstool Sportsbook mobile app on iOS and android, as well as desktop at 12:00pm EST on Friday, and its iCasino products will follow shortly thereafter, the company said. This follows the opening of the Company’s retail Barstool Sportsbook at Greektown Casino-Hotel in downtown Detroit on December 23, 2020.
"This is an exciting time to be launching our online Barstool Sportsbook in Michigan," said Jay Snowden, President and CEO of Penn National. "We have been incredibly pleased with the success of the mobile app since launching in Pennsylvania in September. Our customers have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with Dave Portnoy, Dan ‘Big Cat’ Katz and other Barstool fan favorites, and we expect more of the same in Michigan. As the only gaming operator with a fully integrated sports media and entertainment partner, Penn can provide our customers the opportunity to interact with Barstool personalities online and also in-person at our new Barstool Sportsbook at Greektown."
During the opening weekend of the Barstool Sportsbook, Penn National will be partnering with Barstool Sports on a fundraiser to support Michigan small businesses impacted by COVID-19. From the hours of 12:00pm on Friday, January 22 to 11:59pm on Sunday, January 24, 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 or more than their first-time deposit during the weekend. The Barstool Fund was started by Mr. Portnoy in December to raise money to sustain small businesses around the country that have been hard hit by the ongoing pandemic. 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 Fund.
"We’re proud to be able to support those small businesses impacted by COVID-19 as part of our opening plans,” said Mr. Snowden. “I also want to thank the MGCB and its staff for their time and effort in reviewing and approving our applications. In addition, I want to thank our team at Penn Interactive, our great partners at Barstool Sports, and our risk management and platform providers, Kambi and White Hat Gaming, for their many months of hard work and collaboration. We’re off to a fast start in 2021 and look forward to continuing our Company’s evolution into the leading omnichannel provider of retail and online gaming, live racing, and sports betting entertainment," concluded Mr. Snowden.
BetRivers.com officially available for Michiganders from Rush Street Interactive
Online gaming operator Rush Street Interactive will begin accepting wagers in Michigan at BetRivers.com, its online casino, and sportsbook beginning Friday as well.
Eligible players over the age of 21 can create an account today at BetRivers.com to be ready to play, this Friday, online slot machines and table games, including blackjack, baccarat and roulette – with live dealer offerings coming soon – and access millions of sports betting options on thousands of games a year.
"We are excited to continue the successful expansion of our online casino and sportsbook and bring greater ease and convenience to Michiganders with the debut of BetRivers.com," said Richard Schwartz, president of RSI. "Since launching our award-winning online gaming platform in 2016, RSI has become a leading U.S. online casino and sports betting operator due to our unwavering commitment to earning and retaining player trust, and constantly innovating and creating player-friendly features that are unique to the industry."
"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," Schwartz added.
Michigan residents can continue to place sports bets in-person at Little River Casino Resort (LRCR) in Manistee, Michigan, where RSI provides its land-based retail sportsbook wagering services.
"RSI has an outstanding reputation as a top-rated online casino and sportsbook operator nationwide and has been invaluable in helping us successfully launch in-person sports wagering at our Little River Casino Resort," said Andrew Gentile, General Manager of LRCR. "We are delighted to expand our partnership and bring online gaming to Michigan through the launch of betting on BetRivers.com on Friday."
RSI currently operates online sportsbooks in other Midwestern states such as Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, as well as other states outside the region such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Colorado.
Michigan is collecting an 8.4% tax on sports betting and 20% to 28% tax on online gambling. Detroit’s casinos may have to pay an additional municipal services fee on top of that.
The online gaming and betting revenue from Detroit casinos will be divided with 30% going to the city, 65% going to state funds and 5% going to the Michigan Agriculture Equine Industry Development Fund. A provision allows the city to collect a minimum of $183 million per year.
For tribal casinos, 90% of payments to the state from online sports betting will go to a state fund and 10% will go to the Michigan Strategic Fund, which is used for economic development projects. State online gaming revenue will be split with 20% going to local municipalities, 70% to a state fund and 10% to the Michigan Strategic Fund.
The state’s share of online gaming and betting revenue will help pay for Michigan Gaming Control Board operations, the Compulsive Gambling Prevention Fund, First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund, and school funding.
"We want the public to have confidence when they place wagers, and our agency has required the providers to prove they meet Michigan’s standards, which are designed to protect the participants," Kalm concluded.