Michigan Online Gambling Launch

If you’re in Michigan, the day you’re waiting for is almost here. Online gambling will officially launch in the Wolverine State. Eight online casinos and nine sportsbooks will launch on Friday, January 22nd. At this time, only online casino games and online sports will be available. However, online poker will launch within the next couple of weeks.

Online Gambling Will Launch January 22nd

After multiple delays, Michigan online gambling is finally ready to launch. The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced on Tuesday that online gambling will officially launch on January 22nd, 2021 at 12 noon.

The MGCB made the announcement via press release. Executive director Richard S. Kalm was quoted in the presser stating, “The Michigan Gaming Control Board and the state’s commercial and tribal casinos will begin a new era Jan. 22 with the launch of regulated online gaming and sports betting.

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. 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.”

Nine Operators to Kick-Off Launch

With the announcement, the MGCB announced which operators will launch on Friday. Nine operators will launch with all nine offering online sports betting and eight offering online casinos. Below is a chart of the operators and what they will provide:

Casino / Tribe

Platform Provider

Gaming Type(s) Offered

Bay Mills Indian Community

DraftKings

Internet Casino Games

Internet Sports Betting

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

William Hill

Internet Casino Games

Internet Sports Betting

Greektown Casino

Penn Sports Interactive/ Barstool Sportsbook

Internet Sports Betting

Hannahville Indian Community

TwinSpires

Internet Casino Games
Internet Sports Betting

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Golden Nugget Online Gaming

Internet Casino Games

Internet Sports Betting

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Rush Street

Internet Casino Games

Internet Sports Betting

MGM Grand Detroit

BetMGM/Roar Digital

Internet Casino Games

Internet Sports Betting

MotorCity Casino

FanDuel

Internet Casino Games

Internet Sports Betting

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Wynn

Internet Casino Games

Internet Sports Betting

You’ll notice that the only operator not offering online casino games is Greektown Casino. They will only offer an online sportsbook, at least for now.

What About Online Poker?

Interestingly enough, online poker is not launching on Friday. PokerStars / FoxBet is not one of the providers that are launching this week, making some wonder how long we will have to wait to see online poker in Michigan.

That wait may not be long. Executive director Kalm revealed last week that operators may be taking a few more days to test their online poker platforms. How long of a delay that will entail is not known at this time or how many platforms will launch.

Odds are that only PokerStars will launch when online poker goes online. However, with interstate online poker now possible, we could see partypoker or WSOP.com decide to launch soon.

Regarding interstate online poker, don’t expect that until later this year. The state still has to formalize interstate compacts, and that will take a few months at least.

For now, players will have to settle for sports betting, online slots, blackjack, and other online casino games. Remember, online gambling is only available to those physically in Michigan. Like New Jersey and other legal states, players must be validated via Wi-Fi before they can play. Luckily, you don’t need to be a resident, meaning that visitors to the state can sign up and play at their favorite online casinos and sportsbooks.

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James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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