Pari-Mutuel Betting 1933
Charity Gaming/Lottery 1972
Tribal Casinos 1993
Commercial Casinos 1996
Fantasy Contests/Online Casinos/Sports Betting 2021
Charity Gaming/Sports Betting/Fantasy Sports/Lottery/Pari-Mutuel Betting 18+
Tribal/State/Online Casinos 21+
Commercial Casinos 3
Tribal Casinos 23
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) is the regulatory body overseeing much of the state’s gambling. It has four divisions including, horse racing, commercial casinos and charitable gaming.
The Michigan Lottery oversees the state lottery and sale of charity tickets from vending machines and non-profit organizations. The state also has tribal casinos regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Michigan is one of the most progressive gambling states, witnessing the launch of legal online sports betting and online casinos in 2021. Additionally, gamblers can find pari-mutuel wagering, charity gaming, a state lottery, tribal & state casinos and fantasy sports.
The Michigan Lottery sells instant tickets (i.e. scratch games), pull tabs, and state & interstate draw games (Mega Millions, Lucky for Life and Powerball). There are roughly 10,500 retail locations, including many small, family-owned businesses. Some of these include restaurants and bars. In addition to retail locations throughout the state, players from Michigan can also purchase some tickets online using a Visa, Mastercard or Discover card.
Charity gaming which mainly includes bingos and raffles are regulated by the Michigan Lottery. There are about two dozen organizations that benefit from charitable gaming. These include cancer research, food banks, veteran programs, wildlife and conservation, libraries and more.
Raffles represent the most common form of charitable gaming. A small raffle license is required for daily prizes of no more than $500. Large charity games require a yearly license of $200 per year to sell tickets. Annual bingo licenses of $150 per year are required for large bingo ($1,100/game & $3,500/event) and a small bingo license of $55 per year. These can provide weekly events with prizes of no more than $25/game and $300/event.
Pari-mutuel Standardbred horse racing in Michigan takes place at Northville Downs. Hazel Park Raceway, a second horse race track opened in 1949, was closed in 2018. The state permits live and simulcast pari-mutuel wagering, including advance deposit wagering (ADW), over the Internet. As seen in other states, interest has been declining in pari-mutuel betting over the last few decades.
Operators that meet the definition of offering fantasy sports falling under The Fantasy Contests Consumer Protection Act may provide the service to players in Michigan. Operators, including land-based casinos, must be licensed.
Online casinos and sportsbook operated by the state’s three Detroit-based casinos and the state’s tribal casinos are permitted. Internet games include slots, poker, blackjack and other casino games.
The State of Michigan has compact agreements with 12 Native Tribes, allowing them to operate 24 Class III tribal casinos. These fall under the oversight of the MGCB.
As of December 2019, Michigan tribal casinos could apply for internet mobile gaming and sports betting operator licenses. Tribal casinos and commercial casinos work with existing operators like Draft Kings, FanDuel, William Hill, Twin Spires, PointsBet and others.
Commercial casinos and Class III tribal casinos offer hundreds of slot and video poker machine games and table games. These could include 2/6 deck blackjack, poker (Three-Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em and Let it Ride), roulette, keno and craps.
|Native Tribal Casinos||Address||Website|
|Bay Mills Resort & Casino||11386 West Lakeshore Drive Brimley, MI 49715||baymillscasinos.com|
|Kings Club Casino||Kings Club Casino, 12140 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 49715||baymillscasinos.com|
|Leelanau Sands Casino||2521 NW Bayshore Drive, Peshawbestown, MI 49682||leelanausandscasino.com|
|Turtle Creek Casino||7741 M-72, Williamsburg, MI 49690||turtlecreekcasino.com|
|Island Resort & Casino||W 399 US 2 & 41, Harris, MI 49845||islandresortandcasino.com|
|Ojibwa Casino Resort (Baraga)||16449 Michigan Avenue Baraga, MI 49908-9209||ojibwacasino.com|
|Ojibwa Casino (Marquette)||105 Acre Trail Marquette, MI 49855||ojibwacasino.com|
|Northern Waters Casino Resort||US 45, Watersmeet, MI 49969||northernwaterscasino.com|
|Little River Casino Resort||2700 Orchard Highway Manistee, Michigan 49660||lrcr.com|
|Odawa Casino Resort||1760 Lears Rd, Petoskey, Michigan 49770||odawacasino.com|
|Odawa Casino Mackinaw||1080 S Nicolet Street, Mackinaw City, Michigan 49701||odawacasino.com|
|Gun Lake Casino||1123 129th Avenue Wayland, MI 49348||gunlakecasino.com|
|FireKeepers Casino||11177 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014||firekeeperscasino.com|
|Four Winds Casino New Buffalo||11111 Wilson Rd. New Buffalo, MI 49117||fourwindscasino.com|
|Four Winds Casino Hartford||68600 Red Arrow Highway Hartford, MI 49057||fourwindscasino.com|
|Four Winds Casino Dowagiac||58700 M-51 South Dowagiac, MI 49047||fourwindscasino.com|
|Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort||6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd Mount Pleasant, MI 48858||soaringeaglecasino.com|
|Saganing Eagles Landing Casino||2690 Worth Road Standish, MI 48658||saganing-eagleslanding.com|
|Kewadin Casino – Christmas||N7761 Candy Cane Lane, Christmas, MI 49862||kewadin.com|
|Kewadin Casino – Hessel||3 Mile Road, P.O. Box 189, Hessel, MI 49745||kewadin.com|
|Kewadin Casino – Manistique||US 2 E. Rte. 1, 5630 US HWY 2, Manistique, MI 49854||kewadin.com|
|Kewadin Casino – Sault Ste. Marie||2186 Shunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783||kewadin.com|
|Kewadin Casino – St. Ignace||3015 Mackinac Trail, St. Ignace, MI 49781||kewadin.com|
|Motor City Casino||2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201||motorcitycasino.com|
|Greektown Casino||555 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI 48226||greektowncasino.com|
|MGM Grand||1777 3rd Ave. Detroit, MI 48226||mgmgranddetroit.mgmresorts.com|
Horse racing and pari-mutuel horse racing authorization and regulation were established in 1933 by the Racing Act. The current Horse Racing Law of 1995 is the last amendment under which existing horse racing operates. As part of the new legislation in December 2019 by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, advance deposit wagering over the Internet from licensed third-party facilitators was authorized.
In 1972, Public Act 239 established the Michigan Lottery, which sold its first ticket in November of the same year. In August 2014, the Michigan Lottery began offering online tickets over the Internet to residents only.
Act 382 was passed in 1972, allowing non-profit organizations to conduct raffles, millionaire parties, bingo games and ticket sales. In 2007, the act was revised, which included new rules. Charitable casino-style gambling regulation was expanded in April 2012 by Gov Rick Snyder.
In 1993, Michigan signed its first tribal compact with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Today, Michigan has signed agreements with 12 native tribes. Three years later, in November 1996, three licensed commercial casinos were authorized in Detroit.
By November 1996, a statewide vote on Proposal E authorized the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). The Racing Commissioner was abolished in October 2009 by Gov Jennifer Granholm, shifting responsibility to the MGCB effective January 2010.
The Michigan Legislature approved a major gaming expansion in December 2019, adding sports betting and online gaming. It also established new fantasy sports game regulations. These are permitted at 3 Detroit casinos and 23 tribal casinos scattered throughout the state.
These are covered under the Lawful Sports Betting Act, Fantasy Contests Consumer Protection Act and the Lawful Internet Gaming Act. On January 22, 2021, sports betting and casino gaming online launched in Michigan.
Yes, pari-mutuel wagering is legal in Michigan. Players from the state can make live or simulcast wagers, including advance deposit wagering through the Internet.
Yes, Michigan has a state lottery that offers state/interstate instant prizes, draws and pull tabs.
Michigan law permits fantasy sports, sportsbook betting, a state lottery, charity gaming, pari-mutuel betting, tribal casinos, commercial casinos and online casinos.
Yes, online casinos are legal, as well as online sportsbooks and fantasy sports. Players from Michigan may also play some lotteries online. Land casinos have partnered up with online operators, including FanDuel and DraftKings.