If Michigan’s online sports betting launch were compared to an Olympic event, it would most aptly be the 100-meter dash.
That’s the best way to describe the scene as a whopping 10 mobile sportsbooks kicked off operations on the same day – specifically, January 22, 2021, when online sports wagering was finally given the green light by state legislators. What followed was a betting frenzy as Michiganders poured billions into the industry in Year 1.Read More. ↓
The competition for sports betting dollars in the Wolverine State is predictably fierce. And while not every mobile sports betting offering is top shelf, the majority of sportsbooks operating in Michigan are strong.
Here’s a look at our top-rated online sportsbooks in Michigan.Read Less. ↑
Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.
FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.
DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.
PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.
Barstool Sportsbook’s controversial practices have made them one of the most polarizing companies in sports media. In addition, their fun-over-function business model offers little profitability for bettors who quickly find themselves limited after a hot streak.
Wynn has been steeped in the legal gambling scene in Vegas for as long as anyone out there. In other occurrences where you have an operator with a rich history and influence in retail casino operations and resorts, the focus can predominantly be on slots and table games. The online sportsbook can be a casualty of convenience. We were pleasantly surprised to find that isn’t the case with the WynnBET app.
Bally Bet’s bare-bones operation and limited features don’t warrant much consideration as a part of your regular sportsbook rotation unless you find holes in their lines. Still, it’s a company to be bullish about going forward.
The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is very much in its infancy, which is noticeable upon browsing the betting site or app, as the design is mediocre to go along with below-average betting odds. However, their relationship with 888 Holdings should allow them to evolve as they continue to grow in this hyper-competitive space.
Hard Rock sportsbook is an excellent choice for super casual bettors. It is simplistic and offers some of the best sign-up bonuses for new users looking to try sports betting for the first time or those betting for light entertainment.
Just about everyone loves free stuff, and Michiganders are certainly no different. Michigan-based sportsbooks are clamoring to add new customers – and that’s great news for those of you looking to join the fray. Here are the top bonuses and signup offers available in MI:
PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player.
PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.
Caesars Sportsbook is now offering its "Go Full Caesar this Football Season" welcome bonus for new users. For prospective bettors, your first bet is on Caesars up to $1,250. If the bet loses, you get 100% of your stake back as a free bet.
Note that $10 is the minimum wager amount accepted to qualify for this offer. All credits will be added to a user's account within 7 days. The free bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
New users will also receive 1000 Caesars Rewards Tier Credits and 1000 Caesars Reward Credits®, win or lose. Tier Credits contribute to your Tier Status, which gives you more benefits and faster service.
Tier Statuses are as follows:
Gold: 0 – 4,999 Tier Credits
Platinum: 5,000 – 14,999 Tier Credits
Diamond: 15,000 – 24,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Plus: 25,000 – 74,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Elite: 75,000+ Tier Credits
Seven Stars®: 150,000+ Tier Credits (exclusive invitation only)
Sports bettors can earn 1 Tier Credit for every $5 of potential profit on sports bets placed *Up to 10 times the original amount staked* Users can redeem these points when playing, dining, shopping, or staying at Caesars resorts and casinos.
FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000.
If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.
BetMGM has an average sign-up bonus for Michiganders, offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. It’s a bump up from the lowly $600 they were offering for a while.
With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. There are no minimum or maximum odds restrictions on your first bet, which is nice since sign-up promos usually feature those. While that’s admirable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. They word it differently by calling it a “2-for-1,” but Michigan residents know better: it’s a standard welcome bonus.
With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. While that’s commendable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.
At DraftKings Michigan, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, this is far from generous, considering that DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant.
The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
If you’re a new user in Michigan, you won’t be floored by the welcome bonus offered at FOX Bet. While the industry standard has been set at $1,000 by leaders such as DraftKings and FanDuel, FOX Bet has decided to provide new users just $500 insurance in the form of a risk-free bet.
With the risk-free bet, your first qualifying bet placed will be refunded if it’s graded a loss in the form of free bets for up to $500. You need to play through that bonus money 1x before you can cash it out. If your first bet wins, congratulations. You get nothing for signing up. But at least you won your bet!
BetRivers Michigan offers a deposit match up to $250, which is nice as it gives you free money to play with instead of risk-free bets that only award you if your first bet is graded a loser.
The deposit match at BetRivers Michigan isn’t automatically given to you either. You have to opt in to activate it. To do that, go to the Cashier / Deposit menu and make your first deposit. Enter the code 250MATCH within the promo field. Your bonus funds will be applied to your account within 48 hours, and you’ll receive an email once the funds are ready to be activated.
(Note: Terms and conditions apply to all offers and bonuses.)
|Launch Date||March 2020|
|# of Betting Sites||16|
|Online Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|Retail Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|Online Casino||✅ Yes|
|Retail Casino||✅ Yes|
|College Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|2022 Population (est.)||10 million|
|2021 Betting Handle||$3.9 billion|
|Tax Rate||50 percent|
Give PointsBet major kudos – not only for having the top bonus offer on the board, but by using part of it to introduce new players to its proprietary “PointsBetting” betting method. Whether you like PointsBetting or not, it’s well worth a try – and so, too, is this terrific sportsbook.
Check out our PointsBet sportsbook review.
BetMGM might not be “The King of Sportsbooks”, but it’s awfully close. You won’t find a better assortment of regular promotions and contests anywhere else, and by increasing the maximum value of their risk-free bet, BetMGM has improved one of the few weaknesses of its online sportsbook offering.
Check out our BetMGM sportsbook review.
Moving away from William Hill’s cluttered interface to a simpler design for the U.S. market is just one example of how Caesars prioritizes putting users first. Add in one of the top loyalty programs in online sports betting and a wide array of bonus options for newcomers, and Caesars is among the top operators in Michigan.
Check out our Caesars sportsbook review.
It’s easy to see why FanDuel is one of the top sports betting options in every state in which it operates. Between providing regular free bets to users, offering up the innovative Same Game Parlay option and prioritizing strong customer service, FanDuel continues to provide a top-tier sports wagering experience.
Check out our FanDuel sportsbook review.
Stoolies and non-Stoolies alike should give this sportsbook a look. If you’re into the brand, you’ll love the interactive bets with Barstool’s massive cache of personalities. And if you’re just looking for a good sports betting experience, you’ll enjoy Barstool’s vast parlay menu and deposit/withdrawal options.
Check out our Barstool sportsbook review.
We can’t really punish DraftKings for ranking at or near the industry standard when it comes to offers, interface and seamless transition between the betting app and the DFS app. But with low bet limits on most boosts and massive play-through requirements on bonuses, there’s room to improve here.
Check out our DraftKings sportsbook review.
This is where the second tier of Michigan’s online sportsbook operators begins. Connections to sports personalities is a nice touch, but it rings hollow when you consider that FOX Bet can’t match the top competition in prop markets and has different apps (meaning different bankrolls) for different states. Yuck.
Check out our FOX Bet sportsbook review.
WynnBET leverages the benefit of its presence in Sin City, routinely offering play-and-stay golf packages at Wynn Las Vegas as prizes. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find a sports betting product that offers a much smaller bonus than the competition and is virtually unusable on desktop.
Check out our WynnBET sportsbook review.
If there were a sports betting app version of “Fixer Upper”, BetRivers would be on the first episode. The hum-drum interface is long overdue for an overhaul, lagging well behind the more contemporary offerings of its top competitors. A larger and more readily accessible welcome bonus wouldn’t hurt, either.
Check out our BetRivers sportsbook review.
Consult our top list above for the best sports betting options available to you in Michigan. Our interactive list allows you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.
If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Michigan. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.
Registration requirements vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.
Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it’s time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for Michiganders come in one of two forms:
Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.
From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.
Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!
Were it not for the efforts of former Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan might have found itself in the same position as Pennsylvania when it came to sports betting legislation.
Lawmakers in the Wolverine State were prepared to pass a bill in 2017 legalizing sports wagering, well before the Supreme Court reversed the federal ban on the practice. Snyder prevented that bill from passing – but undaunted Michiganders pressed on, eventually moving forward with legislation that opened the state for business.
Here’s a look at Michigan’s sports betting history:
Representative Robert Kosowski was the first to bang the drum for legalized sports wagering in Michigan, introducing a trio of bills (H 4669, H 4670 and H 5828) that would allow casinos and third-party entities to offer legal sports betting.
All three bills failed to advance any further.
Hopes of a legal sports betting foundation in Michigan were rekindled in September 2017 with the introduction of the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, a piece of legislation brought forward by Representative Brandt Iden. Iden’s bill advanced through the House Regulatory Reform Committee in December, further sparking hope.
Adjustments to tax rates and provisions designed to give tribal casinos more autonomy resulted in overwhelming support for the legislation, which passed the House in June 2018 and the Senate in December. But in a shocking turn of events, Snyder vetoed the bill, suggesting it would negatively affect the iLottery and School Aid Fund.
Incoming Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was open to gaming legislation, but acknowledged that there was still work to be done. For one thing, she wanted higher tax rates on both sports betting and online casino than what was in the original legislation; she was also seeking to have online slots removed, but later acquiesced.
The new bill passed through the House and, after intense negotiations with Whitmer, moved through the Senate in mid-December. Whitmer signed the bill into law a week later, finally opening Michigan’s doors to online sports betting.
Michigan casinos and sportsbooks moved quickly to put sports betting foundations in place, but the COVID-19 pandemic brought all gambling activity to a jarring halt. It wasn’t until later in the summer that casinos were permitted to re-open with major capacity restrictions, thereby limiting how much handle was brought in.
Meanwhile, the Michigan Gaming Control Board continued working on fine-tuning its online betting rules and regulations during the shutdown. And at the end of the year, the MGCB announced the 15 online operators that had been given provisional licenses.
Legal online sports betting finally made its Michigan debut in January 2021 – and the results were immediately impressive, as the state racked up $150 million in handle despite having online betting active for just the final 10 days of the month.
As Michiganders flocked to their sports betting apps and retail sportsbook locations, the state saw a major surge in handle as the NFL and NCAA football seasons kicked off. Michigan established a new single-month handle record in five consecutive months, culminating in a $532.7-million showing in January 2022.
Later in the year, after months of anticipation, Eagle Casino and Sports finally claimed the state’s 15th and final online sports betting slot.
Like most states, Michigan’s state gaming authority has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board oversees the Disassociated Persons List, which allows players with gambling problems to issue themselves a voluntary ban from casino or sports betting activities in the state.
Visit the Michigan Gaming Control Board site.
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Michigan bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):
That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are three major markets in which wagering in Michigan is prohibited:
It’s also worth noting that, while it’s legal to bet on the NFL Draft in Michigan, the cut-off times for this event are far more stringent than traditional sporting events. Betting on Thursday’s first round is halted at midnight Wednesday, while wagering on Rounds 2 and 3 (held Friday) ends Thursday night.
Michigan is one of only a handful of major U.S. states where the passion for college sports rivals or even surpasses that of the professional sports franchises. And if you have any doubt of that, head to The Big House on a Saturday afternoon during the NCAA football season and see if you can even hear the person next to you.
That said, Michiganders – and those from Detroit in particular – are fiercely loyal when it comes to the local clubs. And while Detroit hasn’t had much to celebrate since the Red Wings and Pistons combined to win three titles in the 2000s, there’s still plenty of love to go around for the Motor City’s four pro sports teams.
Wynn Resorts made its first major splash into the NFL market in July 2021, agreeing to a partnership with the Lions. The deal, which made WynnBET the official sportsbook and gaming partner of the team, included the creation of the WynnBET Sports Bar at Ford Field along with Wynn-sponsored contests and branding around the stadium.
If you perused the list of brick-and-mortar sports betting options in Michigan higher up on this page, then you’ll already know that Little Caesars Arena is PointsBet territory. The Australia-based sportsbook has opened the PointsBet Sports Bar, complete with 28 televisions, VIP access and a wealth of gaming promotions for patrons.
Do lions and tigers get along in real life? Who knows? But in Detroit, the match couldn’t be better, with BetMGM serving as one of two official sportsbook partners of the Tigers (PointsBet is also a partner). One note of interest: MGM Grand Detroit competes with MotorCity Casino Hotel, operated by the Ilitch family (who also own the Tigers).
The PointsBet Sports Bar, which opened prior to the start of the 2021-22 NHL season, features select televisions with live odds, allowing customers who wish to make in-game wagers access to the most up-to-date information. On the downside, while the previous tenant in the space was open year-round, the sports bar is only open for Pistons and Red Wings home games as well as concerts and shows.
It’s like rain on your wedding day. It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid.
We can quibble over Alanis Morrisette’s definition of “Ironic”, but the two scenarios above aptly describe Michigan’s initial foray into the sports betting space. Just as the state’s first retail sportsbooks in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Michigan’s casinos and effectively put betting back on the shelf.
Fast forward to 2022, and things are (somewhat) back to normal. Here’s a list of the in-person sportsbooks available to those in Michigan:
Bay Mills Resort and Casino (DraftKings Sportsbook, 11386 West Lakeshore, Drive Brimley, MI 49715)
BetMGM Sports Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit (BetMGM Sportsbook, 1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI, 48226)
FireKeepers Casino (Dacey's Sportsbook, 11177 East Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI, 49014)
Gun Lake Casino (131 Sportsbook, 1123 129th Ave, Wayland, MI, 49348)
Hollywood Casino at Greektown (Barstool Sportsbook, 555 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI, 48226)
Leelanau Sands Casino (Caesars Sportsbook, 2521 NW Bayshore Drive, Peshawbestown, MI, 49682)
Little River Casino (River Rock Sportsbook, 2700 Orchard Hwy, Manistee, MI, 49660)
MotorCity Casino (FanDuel Sportsbook, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI, 48201)
Northern Waters Casino Resort (PointsBet Sportsbook, US-45, Watersmeet, MI, 49969)
Pointsbet Sports Bar at Little Caesars Arena (PointsBet Sportsbook, 2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, 48201)
Soaring Eagle Casino (Ascend Sportsbook, 6800 E, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI, 48858)
Turtle Creek Casino (Caesars Sportsbook, 7741 M-72, Williamsburg, MI, 49690)
Michigan did well to open the doors to legal in-person sports betting ahead of the start of the 2020 NFL season, allowing sportsbooks to take advantage of the popularity of sports betting during the football season.
Yet, as with every other state to approve sports betting, the introduction of online wagering was the biggest difference-maker – as seen during a lucrative 2021 in which MIchigan recorded six months of $300+ million handles en route to an impressive $3.9-billion handle figure for the year.
Here’s a look at Michigan’s monthly sports betting handle beginning in 2020:
Back-to-back months of $500+ million in handle, followed up with a strong February, lifted Michigan into rarefied air as one of only eight states with more than $5 billion in all-time handle since PASPA was repealed. And with Michigan agreeing to allow bettors to secure a tax deduction for gambling losses claimed on their returns, you can expect sports betting to only grow in popularity in 2022 and beyond.
The Michigan government levies an 8.4-percent tax on sports betting revenue; commercial casinos in Detroit pay an extra 1.25 percent in city tax.
Yes! Retail sports wagering officially began in Michigan in March 2020 (though the COVID-19 shutdown effectively reduced handle to nothing until August). The first mobile sports bets were recorded in January 2021.
You can create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw using any regulated mobile sports betting app in Michigan, as long as you are within state borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave, however; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).
You certainly can! Any regulated mobile sports betting app should work in whatever Michigan-based sports venue you’re in at that time.
Check out our list of the top-rated Michigan sportsbooks above!
You are permitted to wager on any Michigan-based professional or collegiate sports team, as long as sportsbooks are offering odds on those clubs.
You can! Governor Gretchen Whitmer enacted a law at the tail end of 2021 allowing bettors to claim a deduction for any losses claimed on their income tax return. Of course, players will also need to claim their winnings – 25 percent of which go to the Internal Revenue Service, with another 4.25 percent paid in state tax.
At just under 10 million people (2022 estimate), Michigan has the 10th-highest state population in America.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board has jurisdiction over sports betting in the state. You’ll find plenty of information on the MGCB website, including directions for self-exclusion, laws and regulations, and mobile sports wagering reports.
Probably not. On the heels of Saginaw Chippewa Gaming’s partnership with GAN in May 2021, Eagle Casino and Sports became the 15th online operator in the state. That’s the maximum number of sportsbooks permitted to operate in Michigan – so unless the government expands that number, the “No Vacancy” sign is up.