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With teams in all of America’s major professional sports leagues, with two major universities that compete in the Big Ten Conference, with several more universities competing at a Group of Five level, and by bordering Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Canada the state of Michigan is loaded with advantages that should make its dive in legalized sports gambling an unqualified success.
Michigan opened its doors to sports gambling in March of 2020 just before COVID-19 shut everything down. But the good news is that the laws are passed and the infrastructure is in place for sports gambling to take off like a rocket when games resume. Let’s take a look at how sports gambling works in the state of Michigan.
How does Sports Gambling Work in the State of Michigan?
Sports gambling opened up with three traditional brick and mortar casinos offering in person wagers, all of which are located in the Detroit metro area. As the year of 2020 progresses there will be additional on site in person casinos that are offering sports wagering. You must be 21 years of age or older to gamble on sports in the state of Michigan. Further, you must also be within the state lines of Michigan at the time of your wager. Live betting is allowed in the state of Michigan.
How Does Mobile and Online Betting Work in the State of Michigan?
It is already legal to make mobile and online sports bets in the state of Michigan. However, availability will not emerge until sometime in 2021. The state is working on state-of-the-art technology and testing to ensure than online and mobile sports wagering will be a success once it is rolled out. Although you can register and fund your online or mobile sports betting account from outside the state of Michigan, you must be located in the state to make your bets.
What Kind of Sports Bets can be made in the State of Michigan?
In addition to live betting on sports, Michigan allows for straight bets on pointspreads, over under “totals”, moneyline wagers, futures, parlays, teasers, props on games, and round robins.
What Types of Payment Methods Will be Available for Online and Mobile Betting?
Once online and mobile sports betting is made available in the state of Michigan you will be able to use the following payment methods to facilitate your action: ACH eCheck, Visa, Mastercard credit and debit cards, PayNearMe (pay with cash at any eligible 7-Eleven or CVS), cash at the affiliated retail casino cage, PayPal, and casino branded prepaid cards.
What Sports can I Wager on in the State of Michigan?
In the state of Michigan, you can bet on pro and college football, pro and college basketball, Major League Baseball, pro hockey, boxing, cricket, darts, golf, hockey, mixed martial arts, auto racing, rugby union, soccer, and tennis. It is important to note that wagering on e-sports and political races is not allowed.
Sports Teams of Interest in the State of Michigan
One of the advantages that the state of Michigan enjoys when it comes to sports gambling is that the state itself is a hotbed of passionate fans of both college and pro sports. Adding to that is considerable support and interest in sports teams bordering the state.
It all begins with the city of Detroit’s pro sports franchises. The National Football League Detroit Lions, Major League Baseball Detroit Tigers, National Hockey League Detroit Red Wings, and National Basketball Association Detroit Pistons are all institutions within the state of Michigan.
College sports are just as big in the state of Michigan led by the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans. Both schools compete in the prestigious Big Ten Conference and have national followings in both football and basketball. The Western Michigan Broncos, Central Michigan Chippewas, and Eastern Michigan Eagles are popular college football programs that compete in the Mid-American Conference.
Other college programs that have strong followings in the state of Michigan are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Purdue Boilermakers, Indiana Hoosiers, and Ohio State Buckeyes.
Across the Canadian border is the province of Ontario which is a massive hockey hotbed and overflowing with fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.