Mich. (WNDU) – Online casino gaming and sports betting is now legal and well within reach in the State of Michigan.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board has authorized 11 operators in the past three and a half weeks.
Today at noon, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians was authorized to join the fold through a partnership with PALA Interactive, LLC.
Michigan is now one of only four states in the U.S. where online casino gaming and online sports betting are both legal.
“You know, anybody in Indiana, or Ohio, or whatever, can download the app, but they aren’t going to be able to place a bet until they’re in, physically in the state to do so,” Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Richard Kalm told 16 News Now in a telephone interview.
Max Bichsel of Gambling.Com agrees. “The geolocation technology is extremely advanced. It can tell you where you’re at within two to three feet so you have to be within the confines of the state to make it legal.”
Michigan legalized online casino and online sports betting in December of 2019, but only now are the regulations in place to go live.
The move promises to bring substantial returns, according to Max Bichsel. “In a state like New Jersey, sports betting brought in about $400 million in revenue, where internet or online casino games are bringing about $1