When online gambling finally comes online – which is expected by the end of the year, possibly early 2021 – Michigan bettors will have a bunch of new sports to wager on, a betting menu that will be nearly identical to those in other states.
The Michigan Gambling Control Board (MGCB) updated its Sports Wagering Catalog (Excel needed) in advance of Thanksgiving, and with it, comes a cornucopia of new betting markets. It was just a matter of time before they were added to the list.
For starters, here are the brand new sports and leagues Michigan residents will be able to wager on, effective immediately: Rugby League, Rugby Union, NCAA Hockey, NCAA Lacrosse, NCAA Softball, NCAA Baseball, Lacrosse, Cycling, Bowling, and Australian Rules Football.
Currently, the Detroit casinos are closed and some other tribal casinos as well.
Additionally, new markets have opened up in existing sports, including NBA draft props – which comes a week too late, as Killion Hayes, the Pistons’ first round pick at No. 7, was +190 to go over 7.5. One wrinkle to the NBA draft prop market, however: Bets will close the day before the draft, thereby preventing last minute news and rumor from making its way to the sportsbooks.
Detroit casinos closed
And while these changes go into effect immediately, getting to Detroit’s three casinos to place any bets is an impossibility, with the MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel, and Greektown Casino-Hotel closed until at least Dec. 8 as a result of a coronavirus-related shutdown order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
“We are in the worst moment of this pandemic to date,” Whitmer said at a press conference announcing the restrictions earlier this month. “The situation has never been more dire. We are at the precipice and we need to take some action. As the weather gets colder and people spend more time indoors, this virus will spread. More people will get sick and there will be more fatalities.”
While the Detroit casinos are closed, a majority of the tribal casinos remain open.
Meanwhile, there has been no recent news as to when online gambling will be coming to Michigan. There is hope the Joint Committee on Legislative Rules will waive the process along soon. The earliest that can happen is Dec. 1, and the MGCB says it would take a few weeks after that to get the first online casinos and sportsbooks up and running legally.