About a month after the signing of laws legalising internet gambling and sports betting by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Mary Kay Bean, spokeswoman for the Michigan Gaming Control Board, said sports bettor will have to wait until 2021 to do so online.
Sports bettors should be able to place wagers in person at casinos this spring but will have a wait until 2021 to place an online wager, Michigan’s regulatory agency said Wednesday.
Bean predicted that drafting and finalising rules would take a year so that three commercial casinos in Detroit and 24 tribal casinos can receive operating licences for mobile sports bettoring.
It will also take around a year to control online gambling and daily fantasy sports sites, the Wichita Eagle reports.
Bean said the agency’s goal is to authorise on-site sports wagering in the springtime for Detroit casinos.
Bean explained: “We are at a very early stage of this process. The agency must establish several sets of administrative rules, which pass through many levels of review. The timing of implementation depends not only on our agency but also on decisions other departments, agencies and the Legislature make along the way.”
MGM Grand Detroit launched a $6 million sports bar in October which will be adding betting windows and self-service kiosks once regulators sign off.
“Timing will depend on how quickly we receive applications, can approve the casinos’ internal controls and are able to issue required licenses,” Bean said.
She said the board is not interested in in-person sports betting at tribal casinos in western and northern Michigan, but tribes will need a licence to wager on mobile sports and app providers and other vendors operating with the tribes will need a permit.
Mike Bean is chief executive officer of Saginaw Chippewa Gaming Company, which has two casinos in Mount Pleasant and one in Standish. He said he anticipates moving “relatively quickly” to get approval from the tribe’s gaming commission for on-site sports wagering.
Betting could start in two to three months, he said, noting that in 2018 the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant opened a new sports bar knowing that betting on sports was a possibility. The plan is to offer wagering on sports at all three locations.
Mike Bean said that what he had found was the timeline tracks of the Government. He had been hopeful that in six months the mobile alternative might be ready but characterised the time frame of the year as usual.
“We view sports betting as another nice entity that will drive more people to our property,” he said, adding that online wagers will be an option for those who cannot travel there. “Our biggest question right now is when is it all going to be ready?”
Many gaming and technology executives have predicted that in the next five to 10 years 90 percent of U.S. sports betting will be conducted over mobile phones or the internet. More than 80 percent of sports bets are made over the internet in New Jersey, where online sportsbooks were introduced in 2018.