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Online Casinos Michigan

To the joy of many online casino players from Michigan, at the beginning of 2021, online gambling in Michigan became legalised and available for both online casino and online sports betting. Only three states in the US have legalised online gambling so far: New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

In the lines below, we talk about online gambling regulations in MI and the relevant law changes that have affected the entire US gambling industry.

 

Is Online Gambling Legal in Michigan?

Yes, online gambling is legal in Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4311, the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, into law after some haggling over the language of the bill. The bill signing opened doors for almost every type of online gambling. However, both federal law and state prohibit any interstate wagering.

The online gambling industry's tax proceeds are intended to predominantly support Michigan education and provide medical assistance to first responders in the Great Lakes State. 

The first online casinos Michigan launched on January 22nd 2021. In fact, a total of nine online casinos and ten Michigan sportsbooks launched on January 22nd 2021, marking the biggest synchronised launch in US history. 

The minimum age for online gambling and sports betting is 21, while some land-based casinos allow anyone who is 18 or above to gamble. You do not have to be a resident of the state to play.

Are Land-Based Casinos Allowed in Michigan?

As of 2020, non-tribal, land-based casinos are permitted in 18 states across the USA, including Michigan. The Wolverine State is currently home to 26 land-based casinos, three commercial, Detroit-based ones and 23 tribal casinos throughout the state.

Which Forms of Online Gambling are Legal in Michigan?

With the 2021 Lawful Internet Gaming Act in place, Michigan allows online slots, online table games, online poker, online lottery games, and online sports betting to be played anywhere within the state's borders.

Can I Get in Trouble for Gambling in a Michigan Online Casino?

As of 2021, you can't get in trouble for gambling online in Michigan if you are 21 or over. The state legalised online gaming in December 2019, with the online casinos' official launch date marked as January 22nd of 2021. This concurred with the launch of online sportsbooks in Michigan. All three of DraftKings, BetMGM, and FanDuel went live.

What is the Future of MI Online Gambling?

The Michigan market is, in most regards, modelled after New Jersey's successful implementation of online gambling that covers all major verticals.

Compared to other existing online gambling states, Michigan's most unusual feature is the inclusion of tribal casinos that, objectively, constitute most eligible license-holders. At the beginning of 2021, there have only been three commercial casinos in the state, all three of which in Detroit.

As MI online casinos went live, Michigan residents and visitors got the opportunity to access a range of casino games that is, for now, solid but is expected to grow, following the iGaming market growth. Although the operators are limited to owning just one online casino, the state's online gambling climate is beaming with opportunity and potential for expansion.

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