Update on Online Gambling News in Michigan
October 9, 2020
A lot of things have been taking place this week for Michigan’s growing online gambling industry. There were no fewer than three major stories to hit the wires this week related to online gambling in Michigan.
Online Poker Gets Life in Michigan
In what can only be described as important news for the online poker industry in the U.S., the Michigan State Senate just passed SB 0991. This is a bill that will allow Michigan online poker players to participate in interstate poker events with players from other states that have passed similar laws.
Currently, the states of Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey are all official members of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA). Should the Michigan law pass, there is a good chance Michigan and perhaps Pennsylvania would join the MSIGA.
The prospects for passing look good as SB 0991 cleared the Senate by a vote of 36 to 1.
New Bookmakers Joins Michigan Roster
Retail sports betting has been live in Michigan since the spring of this year. In just a few months, the number of licensed retail bookmakers had grown to 11. Another bookmaker can now be added to that list.
The latest bookmaker to join the fray is Stage 131 Sportsbook and Lounge. The state’s newest bookmaker will be operating out of Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan. Stage 31’s sports betting platform will be powered by Parx Casino.
In a recent interview with MLive, Jose Flores, vice president, and general manager of Gun Lake Casino told listeners and viewers,
“Our dedication to providing an exceptional sports betting experience stems from our continued reputation of top-quality entertainment. We have worked diligently to create a comfortable and exciting atmosphere within Stage 131 Sportsbook and Lounge for all guests interested in sports betting.”
GAN and Wynn to Join Forces in Michigan
In another piece of important online gambling news from Michigan, GAN, the iGaming platform provider, and retail casino conglomerate Wynn Resorts has agreed to join forces to provide sports and online gambling services to Michigan residents.
With online gambling scheduled to go live in Michigan by Thanksgiving of this year, the timing of this new partnership agreement could not have been better. According to the agreement, Gan’s iGaming product will serve as the exclusive online gambling platform for Wynn’s Michigan sportsbooks and online gambling services.
The agreement between GAN and Wynn will include a market access agreement with the Sault Saint Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Currently, the Sault Saint Marie Tribe is running five casinos in upper state Michigan.