Michigan is another step closer to the launch of online sports betting and iGaming that we now know are about to begin next year.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board was a bit confused about whether its online sports betting and iGaming markets would start within 2020 or 2021.
It looks like we finally know as the MGCB website now lists “Early 2021” as the official launch. That said, there probably won’t be any NFL Bet on Detroit Lions Football ends this season considering the regular season January 3rdalthough Super bowl Betting seems likely.
The update came when the MGCB announced tentative licenses for 15th iGaming and sports betting providers.
The sooner online sports betting can be launched in Michigan, the better for the state casino industry. The state’s three commercial casinos in Detroit closed their doors and their sports betting in retail, November 17th Effects of the Coronavirus.
The sports betting providers in Michigan receive their first licenses
The licenses issued on Thursday are preliminary and include other requirements that will be required prior to launch. Managing Director Richard Kalm said.
- Bar stool sports betting
- Churchill Downs (which typically uses that BetAmerica Brand)
- DraftKings Sports Betting
- FanDuel Sports Betting
- FOX Bet
- Golden nugget
- Scientific games
- William Hill
“The start date depends on how quickly they can meet the requirements,” said Kalm.
MI weather probably won’t wait patiently
There is no reason to assume that Michigan’s bettors are just sitting on their hands waiting for legal online sports betting.
Sports betting handle for the 16 days met in november $ 25.1 million with sports betting income of $ 2.3 million. That clearly shows the appetite for betting, as that grip only came from Detroit’s three retail books.
Michigan sees legal online sports betting in the south Indiana, which again posted record values and sales in November. But it’s about one two hours Travel from downtown Detroit to the northeastern tip of Indiana where weather would need to go to legally place their bets in the state.
This suggests that much action and sales could be controlled Offshore while regulators prepare for the launch of the legal market.
Why the delay?
Sports betting for retail was launched in March just before the coronavirus pandemic broke out. That wasn’t an option for online.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer instructed the MGCB not to apply emergency rules to get online markets going faster.
Post Office-COVIDOf course, many in the state wanted both online sports betting and iGaming to be rolled out as soon as possible.
The process came to a standstill, however, as the rules for both industries passed Joint Administrative Regulations Committee on October 6th. The committee waited until December 1 to renounce his 15 days Time to work on the rules.
The MGCB hoped it could reverse the licensing quickly enough for a December launch, but has since abandoned that lofty plan.