After a long regulatory process and some last-minute delays, Michigan has finally launched online casinos and sportsbooks. The Great Lakes State has been a market to watch for some time, and now it has a stable of online operators ready to make a splash with bettors and in time for the upcoming Super Bowl.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved 10 operators to go live today with online casinos, sportsbooks, or both. Here’s a rundown of the authorized brands:
|Online Sportsbook/Casino||Michigan Casino Partner||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||Ojibwa Casino||Both|
|BetRivers||Little River Casino Resort||Both|
|Barstool||Greektown Casino||Online Sports Betting|
|BetMGM||MGM Grand Detroit||Both|
|PointsBet||Northern Waters Casino Resort||Online Sports Betting|
How To Get Started With Michigan Online Casinos
Now that Michigan has launched online casino sites, you can create an account and start betting in a matter of minutes. Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough.
Step 1: Choose An Online Casino
It may seem obvious, and that’s probably because it is. Your first step is to choose your preferred online casino site. Michigan will launch with eight online casino platforms. They’ll all get the job done, but some excel in areas where others fall short. Take a look at the section below to find our top online casino picks.
Step 2: Download The App Or Visit The Website
You’ve picked your preferred online casino. Now you can download the app or visit the website. In most cases, Michigan casino sites have dedicated Android apps available for download on their homepage (Google prohibits gambling apps from the Play Store but you can get the app directly from the online casino site). Almost every operator has an iOS app available n the App Store as well. If for whatever reason your favorite casino doesn’t have an app, visit its website to join via a mobile browser.
Of course, you can always use your computer to head straight to an online casino website instead. And once you’ve created your account, you can switch between mobile and desktop at will.
Step 3: Create An Account
Now it’s time to sign up for your account. Click the “register” or “sign up” button, usually readily visible within a casino app or webpage. From there, follow all the prompts to get your account up and running. You’ll need the following info:
- Full name
- Residential address
- Password (you’ll create one)
- Date of birth
- Phone number
- Last 4 digits of your SSN (sometimes full SSN is required)
This information will help the online casino confirm that you are who you say you are. It will also prevent you from creating a second account with the site, a safety measure in place at all legal online gambling destinations.
Step 4: Fund Your Account
Find the “deposit” section of the online casino and get ready to add funds to your account. Online casinos offer a wide range of deposit methods, including credit/debit card, bank transfer, PayPal, and more. There’s no “best” method, but be warned that some methods are occasionally declined by issuing banks. PayPal has one of the highest success rates among deposit methods.
Also note whether you’re receiving a bonus. This is typically the step where that will kick in, amping up your account value and giving you some extra money to play with.
Step 5: Start Playing
That’s it! You’re all set to start playing your favorite online casino games. Find your favorite slot or table game and start betting.
Top Michigan Online Casinos
Simply put, you have a wide variety of choices when it comes to online casinos in Michigan. Here are some of our top choices.
Golden Nugget is one of the most respected and recognized brands in the online casino space, so it should come as little surprise that it has one of Michigan’s top sites. The first thing you’re likely to notice about Golden nugget is the sheer number of games. Michigan bettors will find one of the widest selections available anywhere at Golden Nugget.
Pair that immense portfolio with a generous $1,000 deposit match bonus and free spins on the 88 Fortunes slot, and you’ve got a top-notch casino available on day one in Michigan.
It’s easy to think of FanDuel as a strictly sports betting or Daily Fantasy Sports operator. But FanDuel is actually a contender for best online casino provider in Michigan and other legal markets. Flutter Entertainment Plc., a combination of European gambling juggernauts Paddy Power and Betfair, owns FanDuel. And Flutter has a long history in the online gaming space. It’s bringing that expertise to Michigan with FanDuel Casino.
New players in Michigan get a risk-free day at FanDuel Casino. Play for 24 hours and any losses will be refunded to your account as site credit up to $200.
BetRivers has made a name for itself across the gambling industry with its world-class sportsbook and online casino brands. The company is partnered with Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan to provide an online casino.
BetRivers is known for a healthy selection of games and a great welcome bonus. The operator typically offers a 100% deposit match up to $250 with a 1x playthrough requirement.
MGM already has a foothold in Michigan thanks to its successful MGM Grand Detroit Casino. Roar Digital is leveraging that license to launch an online casino for Michigan players.
When you sign up for BetMGM, you’ll be treated to one of the best bonuses available in the state: a 100% deposit match up to $1,000 and $25 on the house. On top of that, BetMGM has a frankly gargantuan game library.
More On The Way
We’ve only scratched the surface here. There are four other online casinos available now or coming soon in Michigan:
And yet others are awaiting authorization to launch from the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
Bottom line: Michigan online casinos are here, ready to compete for your time and your betting dollars. Find the one that you like best, sign up, claim a bonus, and place your bets today.