Michigan Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court overruled a law that placed a federal ban on sports betting. This decision has given each state the power to legalize online and in-person sports betting.

Michigan tends to be a more progressive state, being one of the first to legalize an online lottery system, as well as recreational marijuana use. To no surprise, the Great Lakes State already has legislation drafted in regards to legalized sports betting.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Michigan?

No. Sports betting is currently not legal in Michigan. Last year Governor Snyder had a chance to legalize Michigan sports betting but vetoed the bill on one of his last days in office. Brant Iden, the bill sponsor, proposed similar legislation in 2019 with the hope of getting sports wagering legalized before the end of 2019.

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Michigan Sports Betting Bill

Brandt Iden introduced his Lawful Internet Gaming Act bill in 2018. Former Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the bill with fear that iGaming will hurt iLottery sales, which is taxed at a higher rate. That bill was slated to bring sports betting to the state's 25 casinos, the three Detroit-based casinos as well as 22 tribal casinos.

The new bill, HB 4311 would legalize online poker, sports wagering at casinos, and online casino games (blackjack, slots, etc.) in Michigan. The bill would also allow the division to grant licenses to accept online sports wagers on any amateur or professional sporting event or contest. If passed internet gaming and sports betting would most likely be overseen by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Iden’s bill would have a tax rate of eight percent of revenue, charging an additional 1.25 percent to an internet gaming operator that holds a casino license. Tax revenue would be distributed as follows; 30% to the city in which the internet gaming licensee's casino is located, 55% to the state fund, 5% to the state school aid fund, 5% to the Michigan transportation fund, and 5% to the Michigan agriculture engine industry development fund.

Internet gaming operators would pay a license fee of $200,000, with a $100,000 renewal each following year.

Would the bill legalize online betting in Michigan?

Yes, Iden’s sports betting legislation would allow online sports wagers to be accepted in the state of Michigan. The language in the bill would allow approved operators to accept bets from a mobile device.

Would the bill legalize online poker?

Yes, the bill would legalize online poker in Michigan.

Would the bill legalize online horse wagering?

No, the bill would not legalize online horse wagering. It is not currently legal to wager on horses online in Michigan.

Michigan Online Gambling FAQ

Michigan has been a historically progressive state, legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana, as well as being one of six states with an online lottery system. Sports wagers legislation aside, there other forms of gambling available to residents of the Great Lakes State.

What is the legal gambling age in Michigan?

Residents must be 18 to purchase lottery tickets or go to tribal casinos, and 21 to go to Greektown, MGM, or Motor City casinos in Detroit.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in Michigan?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in Michigan.

Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Michigan?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Michigan. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Michigan as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.

Does Michigan have an online lottery?

Yes, the Michigan Lottery offers residents dozens of legal online slots, including instant, draw, fast cash, pull tab, keno, and second chance games.

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Where does the Michigan lottery money go?

Each lottery dollar is distributed as follows, and can also be seen here: 62¢ to prizes for players, 26¢ to the School Aid Fund, 9¢ to commissions for vendors and retailers, and 3¢ for the Lottery’s ongoing operations and administrative costs. In 2018, $941 million was donated to schools.

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How many casinos are there in Michigan?

There are currently 25 casinos throughout the Great Lakes State. Believe it or not, Michigan used to be strict in regards to legal gambling, evident by the fact that the first Detroit casinos didn't arrive until 1999. Today MGM, Motor City, and Greektown operate as the three Detroit-based casinos regulated by the state. There are also 22 tribal casinos throughout the state.

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.

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