Michigan Casino Table Games

Online casinos are ready to launch in Michigan. That means that players will soon have access to a wide variety of casino table games on Michigan’s casino apps as well as in person at traditional casinos.

Michigan has a long history of offering casinos with quality table games. From Vegas-style luxury to properties inspired by the state’s natural beauty, locals and tourists alike can find as much variety in Michigan’s casinos as in the odds of their favorite table games.

The Great Lakes State provides gamblers all manner of play, from slots and video poker to in-person poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, and more.

Michigan expects to offer online gambling soon, which will bring slots, live table games, and online sportsbooks to bettors statewide.

The Best Michigan Online Casinos For Table Games

In December 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, legalizing online gambling in the state. In December 2020, the Michigan Gaming Control Board approved 15 licenses to online gambling providers. We anticipated Michigan online casino apps will launch in early 2021. These casino apps will offer a variety of games to Michigan players, all online and all legal. 

Once apps launch, players can expect blackjack, poker, roulette, and dozens of other online table games from most of the major players in the state.

Here are three operators we expect to have a strong online table game offering:

BetRivers Michigan

BetRivers Casino Michigan promises a large selection of popular online slots and table games, as well as player promotions and various jackpot prizes tied to the launch. BetRivers also plans to debut an online sportsbook in conjunction with their casino app.

Visit: BetRivers Michigan to claim $50 in free bets as a pre-launch offer before casino apps launch

BetMGM Michigan

BetMGM Casino Michigan is going all out for its expected launch, offering an exciting catalog of slots, live dealer rooms, and table games, as well as sign-up bonus offers, ongoing promotions, and their iRewards loyalty program.

Fittingly, BetMGM recently announced a partnership with the Detroit Lions to serve as the team’s official sportsbook when it goes live in 2021.

Visit: BetMGM Michigan to claim $200 in a Welcome Offer when registering before casino apps launch

Golden Nugget Michigan

Michigan will be the second state to use Golden Nugget Casino’s online gaming platform (after New Jersey). Additionally, a Golden Nugget Online Sportsbook is also expected to launch in the same app as the online casino. Golde Nugget has a reputation for offering one of the largest variety of online slots and table games in the industry. 

Are Casino Table Games Legal In Michigan? 

Yes. From its first lottery draw in 1972 to the opening of MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino Hotel in the late 1990s, Michigan has kept pace with all manner of legalized gambling. Table games are available at the three Detroit casinos as well as at most of the 23 tribal casinos in Michigan

The Best Casinos For Table Games In Michigan

Michigan residents have several casinos to choose from when deciding where to find the best table games action. Here are five of the top destinations where bettors can stay and play.

Firekeepers Casino Hotel

Location: 11177 East Michigan Avenue / Battle Creek, MI 49014

Online Casino Partner: Firekeepers Online Casino via Scientific Games

Available Table Games: Baccarat, Blackjack, Crazy 4 Poker, Mississippi Stud, Roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker

Since opening its casino doors in 2009, Firekeepers has consistently sought innovations to its property, adding a hotel and bingo room in 2012, and becoming the first tribal casino to open its own retail sportsbook in 2020.

A recent partnership with gaming technology giant Scientific Games means that Firekeepers will continue to evolve, as Michigan prepares to move into the online gaming space.

MotorCity Casino Hotel

Location: 2901 Grand River Avenue / Detroit, MI 48201

Online Casino Partner: FanDuel Casino

Available Table Games: Mini-Baccarat, Blackjack, Poker, Craps, Roulette, plus many more games and variants.

Opening in 1999, MotorCity Casino Hotel prides itself not only for its distinct contribution to the Detroit skyline, as well as best-in-class hotel, spa, dining, entertainment, and gaming accommodations.

It is also the city’s only locally owned and operated casino, devoting a significant portion of its resources to philanthropic initiatives in the Metro Detroit area. Like other Michigan properties, MotorCity is positioned to take advantage of online casino games and sports betting, upon approval by the Michigan Gaming Control Board in early 2021.

Four Winds New Buffalo

Location: 11111 Wilson Road / New Buffalo, MI 49117

Online Casino Partner: Four Winds Online Casino via Kambi

Available Table Games: Blackjack, Poker, Craps, Roulette, plus dozens of other games and variants.

In 2007, the Four Winds New Buffalo became the first of three local casinos owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. The property boasts a game floor filled with 48 popular table games and more than 2,600 slot machines, and its hotel’s 415 rooms and suites provide destination-worthy luxury to local players.

MGM Grand Detroit

Location: 1777 3rd Avenue / Detroit, MI 48266

Online Casino Partner: BetMGM Online Casino

Available Table Games: Baccarat, Blackjack, Poker, Craps, Roulette, plus many more games and variants.

MGM Grand Detroit was the first luxury casino resort to operate in a major city outside of Las Vegas. The Michigan giant has maintained that larger-than-life status ever since, offering 24/7 gaming, dining, shopping, and first-class nightlife and entertainment (its theater seats 1,200 people).

Gaming enthusiasts have several options in the 100,000 square-foot gaming space, which features nearly 150 table games, 3,500 slots and video machines, and an adjacent sportsbook.

Little River Casino Resort

Location: US 31 & M-22 / 2700 Orchard Highway / Manistee, MI 49600

Online Casino Partner: BetRivers Online Casino via Kambi

Available Table Games: Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Craps, Let It Ride, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Crazy 4 Poker

Since 1999, this Manistee mainstay has combined natural beauty with upscale accommodations. The 300-room lodge-style hotel features four restaurants, two swimming pools, and a live-entertainment theatre. Players can enjoy more than 1,400 slots and table games on its sizable gaming floor. 

And thanks to a partnership between The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Rush Street Interactive, Little River is poised to offer online casino gaming and sports betting in the near future.

Can You Play Table Games Online In Michigan

Not yet. The Lawful Internet Gaming Act has been in effect since December 2019. However, a delay by the Michigan Gaming Control Board pushed the projected launch of online casinos and sportsbooks from December 2020 to sometime in early 2021. It is anticipated that online sportsbook apps will launch before the end of January 2021. Online casino apps should launch at the same time or just after. 

Michigan Casino Table Games

Table games are a staple of Michigan casinos, with several variations of poker, craps, blackjack, and more available to players. 2021 should see an online expansion of these highly popular in-person experiences, as well as virtual versions of traditional casino games and sports betting.

Here is an overview of five in-person table games that are available now.

Poker

The Game: Players bet chips based on their confidence in the five cards in their hand. The highest bidder wins unless another player offers to match the player’s bet. In that case, the remaining players show their cards, and the best hand wins. In 2021, online poker apps are also scheduled to launch in Michigan. 

Variants: Texas Hold ‘Em, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Mississippi Stud, Caribbean Stud (many of these variants are also available as video poker machines)

Craps

The Game: As many as 8 players bet on the outcome of the roll of 2 dice.

Variants: Classic 3:2, Classic 6:5, High Roller, Single Deck, Progressive, 21+3, Multi-hand

Dice TotalsPossible CombosTotal CombosOddsOdds %
21,1135 to 12.78%
31,2   2,1217 to 15.56%
41,3   3,1   2,2311 to 18.83%
51,4   4,1   3,2   2,3 48 to 111.11%
61,5   5,1   4,2   2,4   3,3531 to 513.89%
71,6   6,1   2,5   5,2  3,4   4,3 65 to 116.67%
82,6   6,2   3,5   5,3   4,4531 to 513.89%
93,6   6,3   4,5   5,448 to 111.11%
104,6   6,4   5,5311 to 18.83%
115,6   6,5217 to 15.56%
126,6135 to 12.78%

Blackjack

The Game: In blackjack, the player tries to beat the dealer by getting a count as close to 21 as possible, without “busting” (going over 21).

Variants: Classic 3:2, Classic 6:5, High Roller, Single Deck, Progressive, 21+3, Multi-hand

Odds/Payback: Most blackjack tables offer a 3:2 payout on blackjack. Avoid tables that offer 6:5, as these are worse odds for the player.

Roulette

The Game: Players place bets on where a ball will land on a spinning wheel–either in a single numbered slot; on various groupings of numbers; on the colors red or black; whether the number is odd or even; or if the numbers are low (1-18) or high (19-36).

Variants: American and European

Winning Number (American)Payout
Single Numbers35 to 1
Two Numbers17 to 1
0 & 00 Split17 to 1
Three Numbers11 to 1
Four Numbers8 to 1
Five Numbers6 to 1
Six Numbers5 to 1
Sections2 to 1
Columns2 to 1
1 to 181 to 1
19 to 361 to 1
Red or Black1 to 1
Odd or Even 1 to 1

Baccarat

The Game: Players can bet either or both of two hands against the dealer’s hand. Popularized in France during the 19th Century, Baccarat is among the table games with the lowest house edge.

Variants: Mini-Baccarat, Midi-Baccarat, Dragon Bonus Baccarat, EZ Baccarat

Odds/Payback: Players have a 44.62% chance of winning, and a 45.85% chance of losing; the odds of a tie are 9.53%. 

Live Dealer Games In Michigan

Live dealer games provide the thrill of in-person table games with the convenience of online play. As the name implies, a live dealer oversees a real game with traditional rules in an actual casino environment–but the players all participate virtually via livestream technology. And thanks to the lack of physical chips and cash, payouts happen faster and with more accuracy.

As with other forms of online gambling, live dealer games are not yet available in Michigan. But they are expected to launch very soon–meaning virtual blackjack, baccarat, poker, and roulette may only be a few weeks (and clicks) away.

Once Michigan online casinos are live, players will be able to place bets and interact with a community of virtual bettors statewide during live dealer games presented by DraftKings, BetMGM, William Hill, and others.

Legal Online Table Games In Michigan FAQs

What kinds of online table games are legal in Michigan?

In December 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the Lawful Internet Gaming Act into law, which includes the legalization of online table games. The Michigan Gaming Control Board approved 15 license applications but has yet to approve the use of gambling apps–which it is expected to do during a January 12 meeting. This means that online table games are legal in Michigan, just not yet playable.

How old do I have to be to play at Michigan’s legal gambling sites?

Once Michigan’s online casinos (both commercial and tribal) go live, players will need to be 21 or older to participate.

Though the minimum age for in-person gambling is 18 or 19 at some tribal casinos, all Michigan online casinos will only allow players ages 21 and up.

Does DraftKings offer online table games in Michigan?

Though Michigan online table games aren’t yet legal in Michigan, the Michigan Gaming Control Board is scheduled to approve gambling apps during a January 12 meeting.

Once approved, DraftKings, which has partnered with Michigan tribal casino Bay Mills, is positioned to be one of the first sportsbook apps to launch.

Does Golden Nugget offer live dealer table games in Michigan?

Live dealer table games have yet to go live in Michigan. However, once the Michigan Gaming Control Board approves online casinos during a January 12 meeting (which it is expected to do), Golden Nugget will be ready to offer a suite of live dealer table games to players. It is likely it will take a bit more time for live dealer games to launch. 

Does Michigan have legal online poker?

As with all other online table games, online poker is legal in Michigan but there are not yet apps on which players can place bets. It is likely that online poker apps will launch shortly after online casino apps launch in early 2021. 

Are gambling winnings taxable in Michigan?

Yes. Michigan residents must pay state income tax on gambling winnings if those winnings are included in a player’s federal adjusted gross income.

About the Author

Ian Simmons

Ian Simmons is a Chicago-based freelance writer, podcaster, and proprietor of the movie-review website Kicking the Seat. Despite having spent nearly twenty-two years as an artist and producer at a leading gambling and lottery supplier, he still can’t tell you the “secret” to winning at slots.