As the State Gaming Control Board authorizes a new round of online operators

FOX Bet Sportsbook, PokerStars and Stars Casino launch in Michigan

Michigan players can access FOX Bet, PokerStars, and Stars Casino by downloading the apps via Apple or Android devices.
2021-02-01
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Online poker operator PokerStars grants Michiganders access to its suite of daily tournaments, its famed COOP (Championship of Online Poker) series, and more; FOX Bet Sportsbook offers traditional bets as well as in-play and futures betting opportunities; and Stars Casino, the online casino brand of PokerStars in Michigan builds upon the strength of its sister brand to offer a wide range of popular and specialist casino games, promotions and new products.  

Flutter Entertainment-owned FOX Bet, PokerStars, and Stars Casino announced on Friday the launch of an array of real money online gaming and betting products in Michigan. From sports betting to poker, blackjack and much more, the in-app experience and shared wallet provides consumers with a variety of ways to play and engage, revolutionizing the fan experience.

Online poker operator PokerStars grants Michiganders access to its suite of daily tournaments, its famed COOP (Championship of Online Poker) series, and much more. From short, fast-paced online poker cash-games to major Sunday tournaments with large prizes, real and play money games are available around the clock on PokerStars' platform. In addition to paving the way with the world's largest online poker site, FOX Bet Sportsbook and Stars Casino round out a powerful trifecta that will enhance the sports, poker and online betting experience in Michigan.

"The key differentiators for us have always been our valued partnership with the FOX Corporation and the strength of our industry-leading FOX Bet Super 6 product combined with the PokerStars business and we plan to lean into these unique assets as we launch in Michigan," said Kip Levin, FOX Bet CEO. "Behind FOX Bet Sportsbook, PokerStars and Stars Casino, customers create one account for all three apps, unlocking a wide variety of exciting and entertaining options to supercharge the experience for our Michigan audience."

FOX Bet Sportsbook offers traditional bets as well as in-play and futures betting opportunities, with a wide array of sports betting markets on a huge range of national and international events including NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, and international golf, tennis and soccer.

FOX Bet Michigan provides fans with daily betting content and entertainment, developed through a national and local media and sports wagering partnership in the United States with FOX Sports. The online sportsbook brings fans closer to the games and teams they love through expert commentary and insights from some of the nation's most celebrated sports commentators, while also offering engaging promotions and offers.

In addition to its real-money offerings, FOX Bet Super 6 is a free-to-play app where users make six predictions about what they think will happen in live games or events. FOX Bet Super 6 has been available nationwide (excluding Washington state) since its debut in September 2019 and boasts over 4 million players who collectively have won nearly $4 million since its launch.

Michigan marks the fourth state launch for FOX Bet, which is also available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Colorado. In similar fashion to its strong market share in Pennsylvania, FOX Bet Michigan will leverage poker and activate a strong local FOX presence in the state.

Stars Casino is the online casino brand of PokerStars in Michigan and builds upon the strength of its sister brand to offer casino players a wide range of popular and specialist casino games, promotions, and new products. 

Michigan players can access FOX Bet, PokerStars, and Stars Casino by downloading the apps via Apple or Android devices.

Michigan Recently Launched Online Market

Richard Kalm, the executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, also announced these launches on Friday.

"We welcome the addition of Odawa Casino, Poker Stars, Fox Bet and Barstool Casino to Michigan's growing online gaming and sports wagering market," he said in a statement. "Their participation will generate revenue to support education, tribal communities and the city of Detroit."

 He noted that Odawa Casino and Poker Stars will be the first in the state to offer peer-to-peer poker games online. "A law permitting multi-jurisdictional poker recently was signed in Michigan, but is not yet in effect and cannot begin until agreements are negotiated with other states," according to MGCB.

Odawa and Greektown will be the ninth and 10th casinos, respectively, to offer both online gaming and sports betting in the state. The other operators and platform providers are:

  •  Bay Mills Indian Community, DraftKings
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, William Hill
  • 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
  • The Lac Vieux Desert Tribe and its provider, PointsBet, may offer online sports betting only.

Last week's launch generated what industry analysts, operators and platform providers described as massive interest from fans, fueling expectations that Michigan will grow to become one of the country's largest markets for legal online gambling, Detroit News reports.

MGCB will report January revenue for the two forms of gambling next month.

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