About the Author

Cole Rush

Cole Rush is a Chicago-based freelance writer in the gambling, media, and entertainment space. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns. Prior to freelance writing, Cole spent seven years in communications at a gambling and lottery supplier.

PointsBet Partners With Detroit Red Wings Ahead Of Michigan Sports Betting Launch

January 12, 2021 | By: Cole Rush

Pointsbet Sportsbook has become the official gaming partner of the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Arena.  The partnership is just the latest in a string of similar deals, including a team-up with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and a partnership with the MLB’s Detroit Tigers.  The partnership includes a rebrand of Sports and Social Detroit […]

Detroit Casino Revenue Exceeded $630 Million In 2020

January 12, 2021 | By: Cole Rush

Detroit’s three commercial casinos–Greektown, MotorCity, and MGM Grand, reported $639 million in aggregate revenue over the course of 2020. The Michigan Gaming Control Board press release compares this with record breaking 2019 revenue, which reached over $1.45 billion.  The revenue drop was widely expected due to the ongoing spread of Covid-19. Amidst the pandemic, Detroit’s […]

Michigan Online Sports Betting And Casinos Could Launch Next Week

January 12, 2021 | By: Cole Rush

Today’s Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) public meeting offered an update on the Great Lakes State’s progress toward an online sports betting and online casino launch.  During the public meeting, held January 12, 2021, MGCB Executive Director Richard S. Kalm said “We expect to be making an announcement this afternoon or any day up to […]

Michigan Legislature Lays Groundwork For Multi-State Online Poker

January 6, 2021 | By: Cole Rush

Michigan Governor signed State Senate Bill 0991 over the holidays. The somewhat under-the-radar move paves the way for multijurisdictional online poker to come to Michigan.  The bill will become law approximately 90 days from signing. It may not be quick to take action, but Michigan’s slow and steady trek toward legal online gambling leaves a […]

PointsBet Strikes Michigan Sports Betting Partnership With The Detroit Pistons

January 5, 2021 | By: Cole Rush

Australia- and Denver-based sports betting operator PointsBet has teamed up with the Detroit Pistons in preparation for an imminent Michigan sports betting launch.   The agreement makes PointsBet a sports betting partner of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. PointsBet will be able to use the Pistons’ IP, marks, and logos. The partnership also includes sponsorship opportunities and […]

Michigan Casino Update: Which Properties Are Still Open?

December 15, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Just about a month ago, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an emergency order that required many of the state’s public spaces to close through December 8. This included Michigan casinos.  On December 7, the MDHHS issued another order, forcing most casinos to stay closed at least through December 20. However, […]

MGCB Approves 15 MI Online Sports Betting & Casino Licenses

December 10, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Today, the Michigan Gaming Control Board approved provisional licenses for 15 online sports betting and online casino operators. This is a crucial step toward a full-fledged Michigan online gambling launch.  In the announcement, Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Richard S. Kalm said: “The MGCB now can approve provisional licenses following the filing of the […]

Get Ready For Launch: Claim BetMGM’s $200 Bonus In Michigan

December 10, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

BetMGM has announced its pre-launch bonus for Michigan sports bettors and online casino gamblers. Sign up today to claim $200: $100 for BetMGM sportsbook and $100 for BetMGM’s online casino.  Claim $200 Welcome Bonus For Registering With BetMGM Michigan BetMGM Pre-Launch Welcome Bonus This promotion runs from today until January 4, 2021. To claim the […]

As Michigan Awaits Online Gambling, Detroit Casino Revenues Fall

December 9, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Detroit’s three casino properties–MGM Grand, Greektown, and MotorCity–reported $50.4 million in aggregate revenue for the month of November, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Table games and slots accounted for $48.1 million of that revenue. Retail sports betting earned $2.3 million.  The three casinos operated at 15 percent capacity through much November in light […]