Michigan Online Sportsbooks’ Welcome Bonus Offers

With the launch of online sports betting imminent in Michigan, bettors in the Wolverine State can look forward to plenty of welcome bonus promotions.

More than a dozen different online sports betting brands are on their way to the Michigan market, and just about all of them will likely come with enticing new player bonuses. Here’s a look at what Michigan sports betting enthusiasts can expect in the way of welcome bonuses in the upcoming launch:


The arrival of the BetRivers online sports betting platform brings with it one of the more generous welcome bonuses in the legal sports betting industry. BetRivers offers a 100% deposit match up to $250, with just a 1x playthrough requirement.

That player-friendly playthrough stipulation puts BetRivers in the top tier of Michigan’s online sportsbooks as far as welcome bonus offers. BetRivers will launch in the Wolverine State under the license of Little River Casino Resort.

BetRivers is currently offering a pre-launch bonus of $50, which is available to users who sign up any time before BetRivers launches in Michigan.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Another giant in the US online sports betting industry, FanDuel Sportsbook operates in Michigan as an operating partner of MotorCity Casino Hotel. A retail FanDuel Sportsbook already takes bets on the Detroit casino property, and the FanDuel Sportsbook mobile platform should launch soon.

In preparation for the Michigan go-live, FanDuel is offering a pre-launch bonus of $100.

The FanDuel Sportsbook welcome bonus offer comes in the form of a risk-free bet up to $1,000. The risk-free rebate covers your first bet at FanDuel Sportsbook if it ends up losing, up to a max of $1,000.

DraftKings Sportsbook

If other states give any indication, DraftKings Sportsbook will likely take a place as one of the most popular online sportsbooks in Michigan. Michigan becomes the ninth state with an online version of DraftKings Sportsbook when the app launches.

If you sign up now any time through launch, DraftKings is offering a $200 pre-launch bonus for its online sportsbook and casino.

DraftKings Sportsbook offers new users a 20% deposit match bonus up to $1,000. This equation means a deposit of $5,000 or more is eligible for the full $1,000 in bonus betting credits.

The DraftKings Sportsbook deposit match offer comes with a 25x playthrough requirement, meaning $1 of the bonus is unlocked for every $25 wagered.

Other DraftKings Sportsbook promotions include the $100 referral offer, which gives you free betting credits every time you bring a fellow bettor to the DraftKings platform. DraftKings Sportsbook will operate in Michigan under the license of Bay Mills Resort & Casinos.


BetMGM operates as the online sports betting app presented by MGM Grand Detroit. Michigan bettors can enjoy a $500 risk-free bet after registering for a new account and making an initial deposit.

The $500 risk-free bet covers your first wager at BetMGM if it loses, up to $500. The rebate credits are broken down into 10% increments of the original bet.

For example, if you made a $500 bet and it lost, BetMGM would cover you with $500 in credits, broken down into ten $50 bets.


PointsBet hits the Michigan market as the official sports betting partner of the Detroit Tigers, giving the brand a tie-in to one of the state’s most storied sports franchises. PointsBet will launch in Michigan as a license partner of Northern Waters Casino Resort.

When PointsBet goes live, Michigan bettors will have multiple welcome bonus offers to choose from. Using the BIGBONUS promo code unlocks a promotion offering up to $1,500 in risk-free bets.

The $1,500 breaks down to a $1,000 risk-free bet on your first PointsBetting wager, and a $500 risk-free bet applied to your first fixed-odds wager. A risk-free bet offers a refund if the bet results in a loss.

Newcomers to the PointsBet platform can also choose to apply the TOPBONUS promotional code instead, which yields a total of four risk-free bets for a max of $1,000 in rebates.

The TOPBONUS offer gives you a pair of $250 risk-free fixed odds bets, and two $250 risk-free PointsBetting wagers. If any of those four bets lose, PointsBet covers you with a rebate of up to $250 on each.

If those risk-free bet offers aren’t what you’re looking for, the BIGDEPSOIT promo code unlocks a tiered deposit match bonus system that offers up to a $500 bonus. A deposit of $250 unlocks the full $500 bonus, a $150-$299 deposit awards a $300 match, and a $50-$149 deposit yields a $150 deposit match bonus.


The FOX Bet platform came forth as a collaboration between FOX Sports and The Stars Group. The two big names in sports media and online gaming came together to develop one of the more unique products in the online sports betting market, with cross-references to FOX Sports abounding on the site.

FOX Bet operates in the Michigan market under the interactive sports betting license of Odawa Casino. FOX Bet offers a risk-free bet up to $500 as a welcome bonus.

William Hill Sportsbook

William Hill Sportsbook presents different welcome bonuses offers to different states, so Michigan bettors could get access to one of several varying promotions offered by William Hill across the US.

Illinois bettors, for example, get a risk-free bet up to $300 upon signing up for a new account. In New Jersey, West Virginia, Colorado, and Indiana, the welcome bonus comes in the form of a free bet bonus up to $500.

William Hill Sportsbook operates in partnership with casinos owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Barstool Sportsbook

The first of what will likely be several retail Barstool Sportsbooks is currently under construction at Greektown Casino. The Barstool Sportsbook mobile app will launch soon in Michigan as well, bringing with it a pair of welcome bonus offers.

New players can enjoy a $10 free betting credit just for registering for a new Barstool Sportsbook account. After making your first deposit, you’re eligible for a risk-free betting rebate on your first ager, up to $500.


Owned by Churchill Downs Inc., BetAmerica brings online sports betting to the Michigan market under the license of Island Resort & Casino.

The BetAmerica welcome bonus includes a 100% deposit match up to $500. New players can also take advantage of the “Bet 50 Get 50” promo, which gives you a $50 match bet if you wager $50.

Parx Sportsbook

Pennsylvania’s biggest land-based casino, Parx Casino has spent the past year expanding its online brand into other markets. Parx online sportsbook already operates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A Michigan version of Parx Sportsbook is on its way to Michigan in partnership with Gun Lake Casino. Parx Sportsbook welcomes new online bettors with a $500 risk-free bet.

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