MGCB Approves 15 MI Online Sports Betting & Casino Licenses

Today, the Michigan Gaming Control Board approved provisional licenses for 15 online sports betting and online casino operators. This is a crucial step toward a full-fledged Michigan online gambling launch

In the announcement, Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Richard S. Kalm said: “The MGCB now can approve provisional licenses following the filing of the administrative rules for online gaming and sports betting Dec. 2 with the Office of the Great Seal. The platform providers still must meet other regulatory requirements before online gaming and sports betting can launch in Michigan. The launch date will depend on how quickly they can fulfill the requirements.”

Approved License Holders for Michigan Online Gambling

Here’s the list of approved providers:

  • American Wagering, Inc. d/b/a William Hill Sports Book
  • Betfair Interactive US LLC d/b/a FanDuel Sportsbook
  • BetMGM, LLC d/b/a Roar Digital
  • Churchill Downs Interactive Gaming, LLC d/b/a TwinSpires
  • Crown MI Gaming LLC d/b/a DraftKings
  • GAN Nevada Inc.
  • Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc. 
  • NYX Digital Gaming (USA), LLC 
  • Parx Interactive Inc.
  • Penn Sports Interactive, LLC
  • PointsBet Michigan LLC
  • Rush Street Interactive MI, LLC (BetRivers)
  • Sports Information Services Limited d/b/a Kambi
  • TSG Interactive US Services Limited d/b/a FOX Bet
  • WSI US, LLC d/b/a Wynn Sports

There aren’t really any surprises here, as all of these operators have long been preparing for a Michigan launch. In advance of an online sports betting go-live, which is expected in early 2021, four providers have started offering pre-launch sign-up bonuses. New users at BetRivers, FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetMGM will be treated to a pre-launch offer if they sign up prior to the Michigan market opening up. 

This list confirms that Michigan will be an online gambling force to be reckoned with. Most of the major providers are ready, and the list will undoubtedly expand as the market matures. 

For now, the race to be first-to-market is on. “The platform providers’ ability to meet the requirements of the laws and rules will determine which entities can be licensed for launch first,” said Kalm.

Download Michigan Gambling Apps Now

The MGCB has also issued authorization for the operators to launch their apps. Michiganders can start downloading their favorite sportsbook apps now, though they won’t be able to place wagers until launch.

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Cole Rush

Cole Rush is a Chicago-based freelance writer in the gambling, media, and entertainment space. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns. Prior to freelance writing, Cole spent seven years in communications at a gambling and lottery supplier.