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.

The 5 Best Sports Bars Near Battle Creek

October 23, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Michigan’s gambling growth is accelerating at a rapid pace, with online casinos and online sportsbooks in the Great Lakes State are just around the corner. Detroit is an obvious hub for gambling and sports activity in Michigan, but Battle Creek is an up and coming contender with plenty to enjoy for casual and diehard sports […]

GAN and Wynn Form 10-Year Michigan Online Gambling Partnership

October 5, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

GAN Limited and Wynn Resorts have inked a 10-year partnership agreement that will bring sports betting and online casino gambling to Michigan. GAN will become the enterprise software platform for Wynn Resorts as it prepares for a November 2020 sports betting launch pending regulatory sign-off.  GAN has an existing market access deal with the Sault […]

Parx-Powered Gun Lake Casino Sportsbook Opening in Michigan Oct. 3

October 2, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Wayland Michigan’s Gun Lake Casino is adding another sportsbook to the state’s growing list of retail sports betting locations. The Stage 131 Sportsbook and Lounge is set to open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 3.  Gun Lake Casino is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Jose Flores, Vice President and General Manager […]

Michigan Senate Amends Online Gaming Bill To Allow Multi-State Online Poker

October 1, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Today, the Michigan State Senate passed bill SB991, which would amend the Lawful Internet Gaming Act to allow the state to join multi-state online poker pools. The bill still needs sign-off from the state House of Representatives and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer before it becomes law.  Michigan’s Lawful Internet Gaming Act originally included language allowing multi-state […]

William Hill To Launch Sportsbook At Turtle Creek Casino

September 10, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

William Hill is gearing up to launch a sportsbook in northern Michigan’s Turtle Creek Casinos. The Traverse City property will soon be home to the Onyx Sports Bar & Grill by William Hill. The plans also include a satellite location at Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown. William Hill and Turtle Creek originally planned to open […]

Evolution Gaming and BetMGM Ink US Market Access Deal

September 1, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

BetMGM (a joint venture between GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts International) and Evolution Gaming have signed a deal to bring live casino games to online casinos in regulated markets across the US, including Michigan. Under the agreement, Evolution will offer live casino services through BetMGM’s various brands nationwide.  The first phase of the deal will […]

7 Of The Best Sports Bars In Detroit

August 25, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Michigan is no stranger to the sports community. In fact, Detroit has the distinction of hosting a pro team for each major sport: the Red Wings (hockey), the Lions (football), the Pistons (basketball), and the Tigers (baseball).  And as is true of any metropolitan hub, Detroit has a wealth of bars that give sports fans […]

Detroit Casinos to Reopen With New Safety Requirements, Capacity Restrictions

August 3, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Detroit’s casinos are set to reopen on Wednesday, August 5, after nearly five months of remaining closed due to Covid-19 and related stay-at-home orders. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order will allow Detroit’s three properties–Motor City, MGM Grand Detroit, and Greektown–to reopen at 15% capacity.  In addition to the truncated capacity, Whitmer is requiring added […]