Michigan Now Taking License Applications For Online Gambling And Sportsbooks

Michigan online gambling and sports betting launching ahead of schedule just got a lot closer to reality.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) announced Wednesday it has begun accepting internet gambling and online sports betting licenses from tribal and commercial casinos in the state.

Michigan legalized sports betting on March 11, mere days before businesses statewide began to close down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes about two weeks after Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill that would accelerate the launch timeline in an effort to boost state revenue. If the bill passes, it would introduce online gambling and sports betting months ahead of the original February schedule.

“The MGCB continues to make progress toward the launch of online gaming by adding forms for operators and vendors,” Richard S. Kalm, MGCB executive director told Click On Detroit.

“Operators should file applications soon so we can conduct investigations and work with them on internal controls, technical standards, lab certifications, and other requirements. In addition, the operators and suppliers should encourage their vendors to complete and submit registration forms.”

Kalm noted that the MGCB expects to launch internet gambling and online sports betting “by late 2020 or early 2021,” a nod to the likelihood the bill Michigan lawmakers are reviewing will pass.

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