Good news for Michigan gamblers that have been waiting for online gambling to open in the state after Michigan Gaming Control Board Director Richard Kalm said online gambling could be live in the state by the end of November.
Michigan, like New Jersey and Pennsylvania before them, passed a comprehensive online gambling bill last in December of 2019. Online casinos, online sportsbooks, daily fantasy sports and online poker were among the products legalized when the state passed the Lawful Internet Gambling Act.
Originally, it was thought that Michigan gamblers would have to wait into 2021 before they could begin placing bets. But thanks to COVID-19 and its effect on the land-based casino industry, both the state and casinos have a new interest in fast-tracking online gambling.
The target date now looks like it could happen by the end of the November.
This means that although retail sports betting began offering lines in Michigan in March, now sports bettors could be betting on the Detriot Lions and other teams toward the second half of the NFL season.
How MI online gambling will launch by end of November
In other states such as Pennsylvania, online sports betting and online casinos have taken more than a year to get going. But thanks to the fact that Michigan’s online gambling market looks a lot like New Jersey and Pennsylvania and involves many of the same operators and technology, a fast-track approach has been an option.
The state is currently working with tribal and commercial casinos on a rule set that will be submitted to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules over the next few days.
If the rules are approved or amended, they will be sent to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which is believed to happen in October. This leads regulators to estimate a late November launch, which the state is now buzzing about.
With state revenues and casino traffic suffering, it couldn’t come at a better time.