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Is Online Gambling Legal in Michigan?

Michigan was home only to horse racing a century ago; today thanks to legislative acts, Michigan boasts legal forms of gambling such as sports betting, poker, daily fantasy sports and casino gaming.

Rep. Mike Kowall, a Republican from Michigan, introduced legislation intended to legalize online gambling at Michigan’s three commercial and more than two dozen tribal casinos. Unfortunately, his proposal never gained momentum even though it passed both House votes and moved forward into Senate deliberations; that is because PASPA ruling changed everything, showing states had authority to regulate sports betting while providing tribal casinos under compact control with additional authority to offer online sports wagering.

Michigan’s inaugural online sportsbooks began operating in 2021, quickly surpassing $100 million in handle the first month and growing quickly as new bookmakers entered the market. But in December 2022, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation legalizing all forms of regulated sports gambling such as poker and casino gaming in Michigan.

Michigan gaming regulator MGCB ensures only licensed sites should be trusted as they will meet strict requirements to provide safe and fair online gaming experiences for Michigan residents. All operators who display its seal are expected to operate all games 100% randomly while protecting player accounts at all times.

Online gambling in Michigan is only permitted through licensed casino websites or iGaming apps licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). Each iGaming platform must also display their license number, link to MGCB’s Responsible Gambling database, as well as mechanisms for age verification (21+) and geolocation verification. They must report monthly to MGCB regarding Internet slots, table games and sports bets placed online.

Michigan sets its minimum gambling age at 21 – similar to land-based casinos but less stringent than in some other US states. While some iGaming platforms require players to be at least 18 years old before playing on them, Michigan players can still gamble in land-based casinos such as Detroit casinos and tribal casinos located across the state.