It is hoped the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) will allow on-site sports wagering at three Detroit casinos with sports betting set to begin on Wednesday, March 11.
The board’s final approval will be granted on Tuesday, March 10 at its morning meeting at Cadillac Place in Detroit, after presentations by the three commercial casinos.
Richard S. Kalm, MGCB executive director said: “With just 11 weeks to prepare, MGCB staff worked hard to make the launch of onsite sports betting at the Detroit casinos possible by March Madness.
“The casinos and their suppliers helped us by their timely efforts to share information we needed to authorise the gaming. This new gaming opportunity has been highly anticipated, and we hope citizens will enjoy it and see benefits from additional revenue to both the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit.”
The MGCB granted temporary licences to vendors who assist on-site sports betting casinos by offering, among other facilities, sports betting kiosks and training. The department will continue its work in the coming months to grant full licences to the suppliers.
They won’t control on-site sports wagering at tribal casinos in Michigan, they’ll announce their individual launch of on-site sports betting.
MGCB staff will continue to develop regulatory rules related to online sports betting, online casino games and fantasy sports. The rules are scheduled to become final by early 2021. Once the online and mobile sports betting and gaming is finalised, it can begin next year after granting proper licences to the Michigan tribes and commercial casinos in Detroit.