The History of MI Online Gambling

After the bill was signed, things moved slowly for online casinos. However, sports betting launched quickly. Land-based MI sportsbooks began to open in the spring of 2020. Michigan online sportsbooks have been slower to launch. As of January 2021, none have launched yet.

Online casinos have also been slower to launch in Michigan. As of January 2021, none of these have launched either. The state government has said that it will push to allow MI online casinos before the month is over.

Michigan will allow all of its existing physical casinos to apply for online gambling licenses. Each casino can offer only one online gambling site each. All games must be played entirely inside Michigan – no cross-state games are allowed. That means MI gamblers won’t have access to some of the biggest progressive jackpot slots.

License fees have been put in place to ensure that only well-established and reputable casinos are able to launch online betting sites in Michigan. Currently, MI online gambling license fees are $50,000 for the license application, $100,000 for the license itself, and $50,000 for annual license renewal.

Michigan plans to tax online gambling operators using a tiered tax rate based on revenue. The rate varies between 20-28% which is actually quite attractive even at the highest rate – for perspective, Pennsylvania currently taxes online slots gambling at 54 percent.

Michigan Casinos FAQ

❓ Is online gambling legal in Michigan?

Yes it is, but things have been slow to launch. Online gambling including online casino gaming, online sports betting, and online poker were all legalized in 2019. Since then, state authorities have been working out the kinks and it’s taking some time. Land-based sportsbooks have already launched as of January 2021 but everything else is still in limbo. The state has said that online sportsbooks and online casinos should launch by February 2021.

❓ Do I need to live in MI to gamble online in the state?

No you do not, but you must be physically located inside the state. Technically anyone can sign up for an account at Michigan online casinos and sportsbooks, but you will only be allowed to place bets when you’re inside the state. That means residents of neighboring states and travelers passing through MI can legally gamble online in the state. The only other thing to note is that you must be at least 21 years old to gamble in Michigan. MI online casinos use standard location-based data like your IP address to determine your general location but they don’t know exactly where you are. Any attempts to circumvent geolocation verification will fail – MI online casinos do not allow gambling using VPNs.

❓ What are the best online casinos in Michigan?

We know of a few online casino operators which are already partnered with MI land-based casinos. These will likely be the first ones to launch once Michigan finalizes its online gambling protocols in early 2021. Many of the top names in online gambling are ready to launch in MI as soon as the authorities allow. For example, FanDuel Casino has already partnered with the land-based MotorCity Casino in Detroit. Those familiar with FanDuel will know they have a strong reputation for online sports betting – in Michigan, the FanDuel casino will allow both online sports betting and casino gambling on the same website. Other big names like DraftKings, Golden Nugget, and BetMGM are also already partnered with MI brick-and-mortar casinos.

❓ Do MI online casinos offer mobile gambling?

The short answer is yes, most of them do. On most MI online casino sites, you can simply access the casino from your smartphone or tablet web browser like Safari or Chrome. These casinos have great mobile websites which offer a smooth and easy gambling experience. That said, many MI online casinos also have their own mobile gambling apps available for free download. MI mobile gambling apps give you the most streamlined gambling experience, but they have a few limits. For example, you won’t get the same game selection in a gambling app that you would on the full casino website.

❓ Can I play online poker in Michigan?

Yes you can – it was actually legalized at the same time as other forms of online gambling. Once online gambling sites launch in Michigan, you’ll be able to play online poker at a few dedicated poker websites. We have confirmed that PokerStars will be launching an online gambling site in Michigan soon – there you’ll be able to play online poker as well as other casino games. In addition, nearly all Michigan online casinos will offer video poker games. You’ll have access to all the most popular video poker games in Michigan including Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, and many more.