PointsBet Sportsbook Approved For Launch In Michigan

Today, Michigan adds PointsBet to its list of approved online sports betting providers. The Michigan Gaming Control Board issued the approval this morning, as announced in a press release emailed to the media. 

PointsBet brings the total number of operators approved to launch online sports betting to 10. The Australia- and Denver-based company will launch online sports betting in Michigan with its license partner: Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet. The PointsBet sportsbook is expected to go live on January 22, 2021.

“The PointsBet team is thrilled to be on the starting line in the Great Lakes State,” said Patrick Eichner, Director of Communications for PointsBet. “Michigan presents a fantastic opportunity that we are excited to realize in leveraging our relationships with the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, and Little Caesars Arena – which will feature the PointsBet Sports Bar – and new brand ambassador Rip Hamilton. It is a tremendous privilege and responsibility to work with our partners in the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and we look forward to achieving success together.”

Ready For Launch in Michigan

PointsBet joins nine other operators cleared to launch online sports betting, online casinos, or both in the Great Lakes State. Here’s a full list:


Brand Casino(s) Online Sports Betting, Online Casino, or Both?
DraftKings Bay Mills Resort & Casino Both
William Hill Leelanau Sands Casino and Turtle Creek Casino Both
TwinSpires Island Resort & Casino Both
Golden Nugget Online Gaming Ojibwa Casino Both
BetRivers (Rush Street Interactive) Little River Casino Both
Wynn Kewadin Casinos Both
Penn Sports Interactive/ Barstool Sportsbook Greektown Casino Online Sports Betting
FanDuel MotorCity Casino Both
BetMGM (Roar Digital) MGM Grand Detroit Both
PointsBet Northern Waters Casino Resort Online Sports Betting

“The MGCB team worked closely with the Lac Vieux Desert tribe and PointsBet to wrap up regulatory requirements for online sports betting in time for the initial launch,” said Richard S. Kalm, MGCB executive director. “Other operators will launch as they meet the requirements, which are designed to protect participants and instill confidence in honest gaming.”

PointsBet Sportsbook In Michigan

PointsBet has been busy preparing for Michigan’s launch. The company formed some key partnerships over the past few months, including team-ups with the Detroit Red Wings, Pistons, and Tigers. Now that it’s cleared for launch, Michigan sports betting enthusiasts will soon be able to bet on those teams and many more using the PointsBet desktop or mobile app.

In addition to traditional odds and markets, PointsBet offers PointsBetting, a unique bet type exclusive to the provider. PointsBetting is a high-risk, high-reward bet that results in a bigger win or loss based on margin of victory compared to the original bet.

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