Michigan Casino News

FireKeepers Opens Michigan’s First Tribal Sportsbook

August 5, 2020 | By: Brian Carlton

FireKeepers casino in Battle Creek has made history, becoming the first tribal casino in Michigan to open its own sportsbook, rather than partnering with an existing operation. Now sure, you may have to do a double-take on that. After all, doesn’t Bay Mills have a sportsbook on-site? What about the Little River Band’s casino? That’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spike in COVID-19 Cases Pushes Back Detroit Casino Reopenings

July 27, 2020 | By: Brian Carlton

Michigan’s COVID-19 situation is too unstable to reopen Detroit casinos right now. State officials told Michigan Sharp they want to see the numbers at least stabilize, if not drop, before opening the doors in Detroit. At first glance, it doesn’t look like there’s a problem. On July 25, the state reported only 12 confirmed cases, […]

Detroit Casino Revenue Sees 60% Drop Due To Ongoing Closures

July 21, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Detroit’s three casino properties remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The closures, which started in March and have continued into July, have caused a 60% drop in revenue for the city’s casinos compared to this time last year. Michigan’s largest city is home to three gambling properties: Greektown Casino, Motor City Casino, and MGM […]

Retail Sportsbook Now Live At Four Winds Casinos’ Michigan Properties

July 14, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Sports betting is now live at the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s Four Winds Casinos properties in New Buffalo, Hartford, and Dowagiac. To commemorate the launch, former Chicago Bears legend and Super Bowl champion Steve “Mongo” McMichael placed the first bet at Four Winds New Buffalo. His wager of choice? $20 on the Chicago Bears to […]

Michigan Rep. Brandt Iden Hopes Sports Betting Rollout Could Be ‘Model’ for Other States

July 13, 2020 | By: Christopher Gerlacher

Despite the pandemic’s challenges, Michigan State Representative Brandt Iden has remained busy crafting sports legislation. He sponsored a bill that would increase the amount of money college athletes could earn from their likenesses. That could be a positive force in Michigan’s permissive betting environment, but Iden believes his legislation has important limits. Iden also said […]