Gun Lake’s Parx Digital Sports Betting Platform To Go Live Monday

Parx Interactive's sports wagering site/app will be the 14th to launch in Michigan
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On Monday morning, Michigan sports bettors will have a new mobile option when the Gun Lake Casino launches its Parx Interactive sports betting platform, bringing the number of available online sportsbooks to 14. The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced July 30 that it had approved the application. Parx Interactive has been live for iCasino in Michigan since April 23.

The Gun Lake Casino is owned and operated by the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians.

“With Gun Lake Casino now fully authorized, 14 current Michigan operators and their platform providers may offer both internet casino gaming and online sports betting to patrons,” MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said via press release Friday. “The associated revenue payments will support responsible gaming, the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund, K-12 education, and economic development.”

In total, the MCGB allocated 15 online gaming licenses. As of Monday, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan will be the only licensee that has not launched a digital platform. The tribe, which operates the Soaring Eagle Casino, has not announced a partner or launch plans.

All the ‘big guys’ are active in Michigan

When Michigan lawmakers legalized sports betting, Michigan’s tribes became the first in the nation to agree to be taxed and regulated by a state. There are 12 tribes that run 23 casinos and three commercial casinos in the state, and most major operators are active. Sports betting has been live in Michigan since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 11, 2020, Penn National’s Barstool Sportsbook platform (Greektown Casino) and BetMGM (MGM Grand) became the first in the state to take in-person bets, and a day later, FanDuel opened its retail book at the Motor City Casino.

Digital sports betting went live in Michigan Jan. 22, 2021 in a mass launch of operators, including Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, BetRivers (Little River Casino), DraftKings (Bay Mills Indian Community, FanDuel, PointsBet (Northern Waters Casino), William Hill (Turtle River Casino), and WynnBET (Kewadin Casino – Hessel). Operators were also allowed to go live with online casino on that date. Michigan is so far the only state to legalize digital sports betting and iCasino at the same time.

In other news from Parx Interactive, the company announced earlier this week that it will begin integrating PaySafe payment options in Michigan, with the idea of streamlining deposit and payouts, according to a PaySafe press release. Players will be able to deposit funds using credit or debit cards, cash, or via a digital wallet, and will be able to withdraw funds to a bank account.

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