Sports Betting In Michigan Launches At Detroit Casinos

Sports Betting In Michigan Launches At Detroit Casinos

Legal sports betting is officially underway in Michigan after ceremonial first wagers were placed on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Detroit and Greektown casinos.

The first bet at MGM was a $100 bet on the Lions to win more than 6.5 games at +125. Former Lions offensive lineman Lomas Brown placed the bet.

Detroit mayor Mike Duggan, former Red Wing Dino Ciccarelli, former Piston James Edwards, former Tiger Dave Rozema, former NFL player Jerome Bettis and boxer Thomas Hearns were participants in the MGM ceremony.

Detroit’s third casino, MotorCity, announced it would launch on Thursday in a new partnership with FanDuel. The remaining 22 casinos in Michigan have yet to finalize plans to begin taking bets.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board passed a resolution Tuesday supporting the launch of onsite sports betting Wednesday at the Detroit casinos. The state approval allows bets to be taken before March Madness betting begins, and should prove beneficial to the state.

The state also has more than 20 tribal casinos scattered throughout its western and northern reaches, but those facilities are still working on timetables. The Detroit casinos have been installing kiosks to be ready for state approval, the Detroit News reported. The three casinos can take bets through the kiosks or at their betting windows.

With the launch of sports betting at the casinos on Wednesday, Michigan became the second state this week to take its first bet. Illinois began accepting wagers on Monday. Michigan will have one of the most comprehensive markets in the country. It will be the first state with commercial and Native American casinos, as well as online sports betting and casino gambling.

Betting on college sports in Michigan is allowed, including on Michigan and Michigan State games. The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament begins Wednesday. The Wolverines, the No. 9 seed, will play their first game on Thursday against Rutgers. The Spartans, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, play Friday.

In addition to March Madness betting, wagers can be placed on the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons while they are still playing the NBA and NHL regular seasons. The Red Wings will miss the playoffs and the Pistons are all but eliminated.

Sports betting will be in place before the Detroit Tigers open the MLB season on March 26 in Cleveland against the Indians. The Tigers’ home opener is March 30 against the Kansas City Royals.

But online betting in Michigan will not begin in time for March Madness, and maybe not in time for the NFL and college football seasons. Michigan regulators expect to finalize rules for mobile and online wagering by early next year, although the timeline is uncertain.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who signed the gambling legislation into law in late December, has mandated that the gaming control board not implement emergency rules in the process.