About the Author

Chris Nesi

Chris Nesi is a contributor at Michigan Sharp and the Managing Editor of Colorado Sharp. He’s been an editor and writer for more than a decade, with experience spanning newspapers, magazines, digital news, and commercial writing. His work can be found in publications including TechCrunch, Mental Floss, and Huffington Post. Chris enjoys politics and gambling, and writing about the points at which those worlds intersect.

Some Tribal Casinos in Michigan to Remain Open During Shutdown Order

November 20, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

With COVID-19 cases raging out of control in much of the country, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an emergency order last week closing many public spaces in the state, and Detroit’s 3 casinos have been ordered closed at least through Dec. 8. Michigan gamblers have fewer options than usual when […]

2020 Michigan Online Casinos and Sports Betting Launch Hopes Fade

November 10, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

For months we’ve reported about the Michigan State Legislature’s efforts to accelerate the timeline for the launch of online sports betting and casinos from early 2021 to late 2020, but Tuesday’s public meeting of the Michigan Gaming Control Board threw some cold water on the hopes for a 2020 launch. For now, a 2020 launch […]

Michigan Gamblers Can Now Apply to Undo Their Lifetime Casino Self-Exclusions

October 28, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

A new law will allow casino gamblers who self-excluded for life from Detroit casinos to apply to have their names taken off the list of banned patrons, the Michigan Gaming Control Board announced Wednesday, Oct. 28. The MGCB says 4,825 people are currently on the official Disassociated Persons List, all of whom self-banned from Detroit […]

Michigan Online Gambling Q&A With MGCB Director Richard Kalm

October 27, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Michigan sports betting fans from around the state have been on pins and needles in recent months as the Michigan Gaming Control Board and state legislature iron out the final rules and regulations governing the imminent launch of online sports betting and casinos. The latest set of rules crafted by the MGCB now sit with […]

Michigan Casino, Sports Betting Revenue Climb for September

October 14, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

For the second consecutive month, Michigan casino and sports betting revenue have increased, according to figures recently released by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. It’s a much-needed rebound following the 100-day state-mandated casino closures this spring, and signs of life in a market battered by the pandemic. Michigan Sports Betting September Revenue For the month […]

Barstool Sportsbook Launching in Michigan, its Second US Market

October 14, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Following its debut US launch in Pennsylvania last month, Barstool Sportsbook has its sights set on Michigan for its next US launch. This according to Penn National CEO Jay Snowden, who this week sat for an interview with Fantini Research, which provides paid market analysis for and about the gambling industry. Earlier this month, Barstool […]

Lions Form Sports Betting Partnership With BetMGM

September 3, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

The Detroit Lions have announced that BetMGM will become the team’s official sports betting partner, the first such partnership for the franchise. The partnership will include BetMGM sponsoring fan activities and giveaways, including Lions Bingo and Lions Perks. BetMGM will also sponsor team broadcast programming, digital marketing assets, and in-stadium promotions and signage. The partnership […]

Little River Casino Resort to Ban 3 Types of Face Masks

August 31, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

The Little River Casino Resort in Manistee recently announced a change to its mandatory face mask policy that will disallow three types of facial coverings in the casino starting Sept. 7. The casino announced the policy change in a recent update to its FAQ page. The ban extends to bandanas, gaiters, and masks with valves, […]

BetAmerica Launching Sports Betting, iGaming Platform In Michigan

July 29, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

BetAmerica will enter the Michigan sports betting and iGaming market through a partnership with the Hannahville Indian Community, parent company Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) announced Wednesday. The launch will include a retail BetAmerica-branded sportsbook at Island Resort & Casino in Harris, as well as a BetAmerica online sportsbook and online casino platform available statewide. The […]