SI Sportsbook Authorized in Michigan a Day Before NFL Season Begins

At 10 a.m. EST today, SI Sportsbook took the field in Michigan as an online sports betting operator. Tomorrow, the NFL season starts.

That means Sports Illustrated reporters are readying to cover the first game of the season. Plus, NFL game day officials are already in Inglewood, Calif. That’s where the Buffalo Bills will take on the Los Angeles Rams.

Millions will be watching and millions will be betting on the Thursday night game, and now Michiganders can do the same online with SI Sportsbook.

That’s because the app that was already live in Colorado and Virginia added Michigan today.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) approved Gilbraltar-based 888 Holdings “as the new platform provider for the Hannahville Indian Community’s internet sports betting site, effective at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.”

888 powers SI Sportsbook.

For Now, It’s Only SI Sportsbook

The online gambling operator 888 also provides US online casino and poker services, but Hannahville only requested online sports betting authorization for now.

MGCB said the tribe, which operates Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Mich., will likely “seek approval for internet gaming later this year.”

The retail casino license holder previously partnered with TwinSpires Sportsbook and Casino. However, that online gambling operator’s owner, Louisville, Ky.-based parent company Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI), is exiting the online casino and sports betting business.

It already shut down its New Jersey and Michigan sites. TwinSpires will cease operations in Pennsylvania in December or January.

Only TwinSpires horse racing wagering will remain.

Hannahville Makes History in Michigan

MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams says today:

The Hannahville tribe is the first operator in Michigan to change platform providers since internet gaming and sports betting began here in January 2021. The tribe has found another experienced partner, and I wish them continued success.

The tribe is one of 15 license-holders MGCB allows to partner with Michigan online casino and sports betting operators.

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.