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October 16, 2021

August's performance

Michigan: online sportsbooks push the state's numbers past $2 billion for the year

Michigan: online sportsbooks push the state's numbers past $2 billion for the year
Since launching in January, online casinos and poker rooms have generated $672.6 million in revenue and $166.6 million in state and local taxes. 
United States | 09/20/2021

As reported by PlayMichigan, which tracks the state’s regulated online gaming and sports betting market as part of the PlayUSA Network, volume at Michigan’s online sportsbooks reached $192 million in August. However, this gain did not imply more revenue. Online casinos rise to a record of 5.3% increase compared to July's numbers.

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ccording to PlayMichigan's report, the state's online sportsbook took in $192.3 million in August, up 2.3% from $188 million in July, according to the data released Thursday by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The state’s online and retail sportsbooks accounted for $208.6 million in wagering, with $16.3 million in retail wagering in August. 

Gross gaming revenue from online betting fell 18.8% to $15.9 million from $19.6 million in July. With retail revenue included, the state's sportsbooks combined to win $17.5 million for the month, a drop of 15.6% from July. Taxable revenue from online bets landed at $9.2 million, which generated $757,405 in state and local taxes.

The increase in sports betting volume was enough to push past $2 billion in online and retail wagering all-time, and for the year. Michigan sportsbooks have tallied:

  • $2.2 billion in wagering since launch, including $2.1 billion this year alone.
  • $189.0 in gross gaming revenue, including $170.8 million in 2021.
  • $8.9 million in state and local taxes, including $7.4 million this year.

DraftKings took the online market lead with $61.4 million in wagers. Gross gaming revenue rose to $4.4 million. FanDuel fell in second place in the state with $47.7 million in wagers. The bets in August produced a market-best $4.8 million in gross sports betting revenue.

Gross gaming revenue at Michigan's online casinos and poker rooms rose to a record $97.2 million in August, up 5.3% from $92.3 million in July. That total yielded $17.9 million in state taxes and $6.9 million in local taxes.

August marked the first full month of live dealer online casino games, which launched in late July, helping to boost revenue. Since launching in January, online casinos and poker rooms have generated $672.6 million in revenue and $166.6 million in state and local taxes. 

BetMGM/MGM Grand Detroit topped the online casino and poker market with $39.7 million in gross gaming revenue, which yielded $10.5 million in state and local taxes.

Eric Ramsey, analyst for the PlayUSA.com network which includes PlayMichigan.com, explained: "August marks the beginning of the most important stretch of the year for sportsbooks. It only takes a few college games, the NFL's preseason and futures bets to show the importance of football to the industry. But the small number of games in August is merely a precursor for the next four months."

Matt Schoch, lead analyst for PlayMichigan, added: "The hot start after launching online betting in January was the key in hitting $2 billion in wagering this soon, but it is remarkable growth, no matter how you view it. Tax revenue has been somewhat underwhelming so far. As the market continues to mature, and promotional spends begin to slow, hopefully tax revenue improves."

Schoch continued: "Football is not only the main draw for most existing bettors, it is also the primary vehicle for each sportsbook to grow its customer base. The promotional offerings and seemingly wall-to-wall advertising that we've already seen shows how aggressive Michigan's operators are and will continue to be over the next couple months."

"Michigan's online casinos continue to grow, and with live dealer games now in the fold, there is no reason to believe that will end soon. For all the interest in sports betting, it is the state's online casinos that have proven to be the bigger benefit to the state, dwarfing sports betting in tax revenue”, Ramsey concluded. 

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