States across the US are legalizing online gambling as more peoplerealize the potential benefit this industry can bring in terms of taxes and employment. At the end of 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the Lawful Internet Gaming Act into law, fully legalizing all forms of online gambling. That means those living or visiting Michigan can now enjoy legal online sportsbooks and online casinos, placing bets and enjoying the latest games.
As of yet, there haven’t been any legal online casinos in Michigan, but the state only recently passed the bill, and these things can sometimes take time to set up. It’s looking likely that Michigan will have several online casinos up and running by the end of 2020, just in time for the new year.
What Restrictions Are in Place at Michigan Online Casinos?
As with other states that have legalized online gambling, there will still be restrictions in place over how you can play or place bets. These restrictions protect players and ensure casinos promote responsible play.
If you’re playing at an online casino in Michigan, you’ll need to follow these rules:
- You must currently be in the state – All online casinos will use geolocation software to ensure that players are in Michigan while playing. You don’t have to be a resident of the state. You can still play if you’re just visiting.
- You need to be at least 21 – All Michigan online casinos and sportsbooks will require you to prove your date of birth by uploading a copy of your ID. This rule prevents minors from signing up and gambling, which would break the terms of the Lawful Internet Gaming Act.
Expected Online Casinos to Launch in Michigan
While no online casinos have gone live in the state of Michigan yet, several sites are being worked on and have already obtained their license from either the Michigan Gaming Control Board or the National Indian Gaming Commission. The following online casinos are all approved to operate within the state:
- BetMGM Casino
- BetRivers Casino
- DraftKings Casino
- FanDuel Casino
- PokerStars Casino
- Golden Nugget
Casino enthusiasts in Michigan will undoubtedly be looking forward to when these sites finally open, and they can enjoy exciting games and claim big welcome bonuses.