The United States is becoming more welcoming when it comes to allowing the local operations of sports betting. This mainly started when the Supreme Court of the US has stricken down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act or PASPA of 1992 which has made the operations of sports betting in the majority of the United States illegally for a long time.
Currently, there are already over 20 states that have already made local sports betting legal and more states are expected to follow. Michigan is one of the states that have finally decided on allowing sports betting, both online and in-person, within its borders. However, when the state launched sports betting earlier this year, it only allowed in-person betting.
This means that only brick and mortar bookies and casinos have been allowed to take bets from the locals. However, the pandemic has affected the betting industry hugely especially the land-based bookies and casinos. With that, the state did not get the revenue they are hoping to get when they launched sports betting.
The loss of the expected revenues from the physical bookies just really emphasized the need for online betting to also go live. Initially, it was reported that Michigan was taking the time to prepare for online betting, but with the pandemic and the demand for online betting, it seems that the locals will be able to place their bets online in the coming weeks. This means that the locals should be able to enjoy the welcome sports betting bonus that online bookies would usually offer to their customers earlier than expected.
The two betting giants that will be operating in the state include FanDuel and DraftKings. For now, pre-registration is already offered in Michigan. If you choose to create a FanDuel account, you should be able to receive a free bet worth 50 US dollars once the online sportsbook goes live. You don’t even need to make a deposit yet to be eligible for this bonus. All you need is to set up an account.
In total, 10 retail bookies are already operating in Michigan, but this number may continue to rise as online betting goes live in the state. Many online casinos and bookies are hoping to launch their betting apps that can be used within Michigan as soon as they get permission from the state.
The state estimates that its local betting market will be able to reach up to 6 billion US dollars once it matures. Aside from FanDuel and DraftKings, other known bookies that will operate in the state are BetMGM, William Hill, and PointsBet.
Other States in the US that Allows Sports Betting
While waiting for online betting in Michigan, the locals can still place their bets online. However, this is only as long as the bookie or casino that will take their bet is located outside of the United States. This can cause a bit of worry for some as a gambling site located in a different jurisdiction could be an issue in the future.
With that, it’s safer if the locals would choose gambling sites that are allowed to operate in other states. An example is how New Yorkers would hop on the train to New Jersey to place their bets with their mobile devices.
New York is also one of the states in the US that has legalized sports betting. However, unlike Michigan, New York only allows in-person betting. Whether online or mobile betting will go live in this state soon is still hard to tell. This is still being worked on by some officials.
There are only a few land casinos in New York that accepts wagers on sports, but New Yorkers seem to be more comfortable wagering online. This is why they head to their neighboring state, New Jersey, to place their bets.
For the locals of Michigan, they can visit Illinois and Pennsylvania if they want to wager on sports with their mobile devices. These states are near Michigan and both states allow online betting as well. If you’re curious to know what other states allow sports betting, here they are:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
- New Mexico
- District of Columbia
- Tennessee (only online betting is legal here)
States like Oklahoma, Maine, Nebraska, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and California are already taking steps as well to legalize the operations of local sports betting. For now, only the state of Utah appears to not be interested in legalizing sports wagering within its borders.
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