Sports wagering is expected to spread further across the US this week, with the Michigan Gaming Control Board confirming its imminent launch.
As a result, the three Detroit casinos, namely Motor City Casino, Greektown Casino and MGM Grand –Detroit, are scheduled to obtain approval months after a public act has been signed into law that legalises the activity.
The board is expected to give final approval at its 9:30 am public meeting on Tuesday, March 10, following presentations by the three commercial casinos, with the trio expecting permission to begin on-site sports betting at 1 pm the next day. It’s said to have met all preliminary criteria to go live.
The MGCB has given provisional licences to vendors looking to assist on-site sports betting casinos, with additional approvals to follow in the coming months through the issuance of full licenses.
The MGCB will not control on-site wagering of sports at tribal casinos in Michigan. The tribal casinos will announce their introduction of individual on-site sports bets.
Richard 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.”
In addition, MGCB staff has been said to continue to develop administrative rules for online sports betting, online casino games and fantasy sports. The rules should be final by early 2021, and online and mobile sports betting and gaming will commence next year after proper licences are given to the tribes of Michigan, commercial casinos in Detroit, and the companies that assist in such operations.