About the Author

Heather Fletcher

Heather Fletcher is a writer for Michigan Sharp with a focus on online casino content. She had her first published byline at age 10, but didn't get paid for her writing until she got her first newspaper job. Heather's work in Suburban News Publications in Ohio and eventually took her to The New York Times, where she's still a contract freelance reporter for the National Desk. In March 2021, Fletcher began writing about online casino gambling as the lead writer for Online Poker Report, which lead her to MI Sharp.

SI Casino Makes US Debut in Michigan, With Little Fanfare

February 7, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

SI Casino made its US debut at 8 a.m. today in Michigan. The companion online gambling arm of SI Sportsbook notably completes the 15 legal online casino and sports betting sites the state allows. However, the 8:30 a.m. press release from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) seems to be the most fanfare the Michigan online […]

Poker Pro Sentenced in Michigan for ‘Operating an Illegal Poker Room’

January 26, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Poker pro Joshua T. Thatcher was sentenced to a year of probation for running what the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) called “an illegal poker room.” Last week, Judge Jennifer A. Mazzuchi of the 25th Circuit Court in Marquette sentenced Thatcher, 42, of Gwinn, Mich. He pleaded guilty to one felony count of “gambling operations,” […]

Michigan Online Casino Revenue Up 33% to $1.6 Billion in 2022

January 23, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Michigan online casino revenue for 2022 nearly reached $1.6 billion. The state’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) is on par with the top revenue generators in the country – New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Just a day after the Michigan online casino, poker, and sports betting marketplace celebrated its second anniversary, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) released […]

Michigan PokerStars May Begin Multistate Poker, Says MGCB

December 28, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Michigan PokerStars may be the first site to unite the state’s online poker players with New Jerseyans, but it needn’t be the last, hints the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). On Jan. 1, Michigan PokerStars players can compete with New Jerseyans on the app. At 9 a.m. today, the MGCB announced its approval of that […]

Michigan PokerStars Players Can Compete Against New Jerseyans on Jan. 1

December 23, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Michigan PokerStars players will be able to gamble with New Jerseyans on Jan. 1. That news arrived today along with an announcement about two New Year’s Day online poker tournaments with winnings of $150,000. PokerStars will unite Michigan and New Jersey player pools for the first time. The only other app that offers multi-state play, […]

Top 3 Michigan Online Casinos Outpace Commercial Retail Casinos in Revenue

December 20, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Michigan online casinos broke records in November, generating more than $145 million in gross gaming revenue (GGR). Within that $145 million reported yesterday is the $104 million gathered by BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel – the top three Michigan online casino sites. That’s about $4.1 million more than the $99.9 million Detroit’s commercial casinos collected from […]

Michigan Online Gamblers May Soon Do More to Help Horses

December 8, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Michigan online gamblers may not realize it, but some of the taxes on their casino, poker, and sports bets go to help horses and the horse racing industry. Soon, those bettors may be doing even more to help – without it raising tax rates on them or their favorite sites. That’s because two bills are […]

Design Works Gaming Launches Michigan Slots, LuckyTap Games

December 7, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Design Works Gaming (DWG) launched slots and its LuckyTap instant games in Michigan with BetMGM, Caesars, and DraftKings online casino apps, the company says. DWG is known for its simple game design and ease of play. Its games began entering New Jersey online casinos in August via operator partners. Michigan online casino partners received them […]