Sports Betting On The Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers lost their 2020 season to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Tigers fans can still see some old players, like Chad Bell in the Korean Baseball Organization. That doesn’t replace the special place the Detroit team holds in the hearts of Michiganders, though. Here are a few things Tigers fans should know when games resume and sportsbooks reopen.

Can Michiganders Bet On The Detroit Tigers At Legal Sportsbooks?

Yes. In fact, they already have. Dave Rozema, one of the Tigers’ old pitchers, bet on the Tigers winning more than 56.5 games. (For new bettors, the half-game prevents a tie and forces an over or under bet.)

All professional and amateur baseball will be fair game for sports betting–pending the Michigan Gaming Control Board’s approval. However, no youth or high school baseball can be bet on. Tigers fans won’t have to worry about major restrictions, but they can’t get any ideas about their kids’ little league game, either.

See our comprehensive Guide To Online Sports Betting In Michigan

What Are Some Popular Ways To Bet On The Detroit Tigers?

Baseball offers no shortage of bets. Straight moneyline bets are common and straightforward. Anyone can understand when a team wins or loses. However, bettors can also wager on which team takes the lead after three or five innings. These are great twists on traditional moneyline bets for bettors who intimately know their team.

There are also game prop bets, like who will not score first and then win. But the game props with the longest odds are hidden in a bet on the first team to make two runs. Bettors can play it safe and pick a team to make two runs first. However, bettors seeking a risky bet can wager on neither team making two runs during the game. No Tigers fan would bet against their team like that, but heretical Michiganders could risk long odds for big rewards if they wanted to.

See our full guide to What Sports Can I Bet On In Michigan.

Do The Tigers Have Partnerships With Any Legal Michigan Sportsbooks?

In July 2020, the Tigers announced a partnership with PointsBet, the first such partnership for any MLB team. As part of the arrangement, PointsBet will provide exclusive experiences and betting options to Tigers fans in and around Comerica Park.

Before July 2020, the Tigers didn’t have their own sportsbook partnership. Instead, the MLB has partnerships with:

However, the family that owns the Tigers faced a unique partnership challenge. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Hotel and Casino in Detroit. Her son, Christopher Ilitch, owns the Detroit Tigers. That conflict-of-interest called into question whether MotorCity could offer lines on the Tigers.

How did the family resolve this problem with the MLB? MLB press releases from February 2020 stipulate that keeping the sportsbook and casino independent from each other could resolve the conflict-of-interest. A month later, MotorCity partnered with FanDuel, which operates a retail sportsbook in the casino independent of MotorCity’s management. MotorCity found a way to offer betting lines on the Tigers and ease the MLB’s concerns. How’s that for a beneficial partnership?

How Popular Is Betting On The Tigers In Michigan?

The Lions and Wolverines will likely dominate sportsbooks when sports return. However, the Red Wings will easily be more popular than the Pistons. Hockey’s rivalries and intensity is a huge draw for Michigan sports fans. The Tigers probably won’t fare much better than the Pistons, unless the Tigers improve on their 2019 season. College basketball and professional soccer probably won’t be huge draws to Michigan’s sportsbook, either. Michigan’s sports fervor revolves around a few intense teams.

Do All Michigan’s Legal Sportsbooks Offer Lines On The Tigers?

Yes. The Tigers are a professional sports team and will be a staple at legal sportsbooks across the state. And if the Tigers’ season is canceled again, bettors will likely be refunded. (The terms are on the back of the betting slips.)

Where Can Michiganders Bet On The Tigers?

Michigan bettors can’t place any online bets, which is inconvenient during the coronavirus outbreak. However, once social distancing becomes a thing of the past, bettors will find sportsbooks at many of Michigan’s casinos.

Michigan’s three commercial casinos each have sportsbooks that went live almost as soon as in-person sports betting did. The 23 tribal casinos, however, have their own timelines and are securing partnerships at their own pace. For example, Four Winds launched retail sportsbooks in its three Michigan casino locations in July 2020.

Here are the current partnerships between Michigan’s tribal casinos and sportsbook companies:

Tribal CasinosPartnered Sportsbooks
Bay Mills Resort & Casino, BrimleyDraftKings
FireKeepers Casino & Hotel, Battle CreekScientific Games
Four Winds DowagiacKambi Group
Four Winds HartfordKambi Group
Four Winds New BuffaloKambi Group
Gun Lake Casino, WaylandRush Street Interactive
Island Resort & Casino, Bark RiverBetAmerica
Kewadin Casino ChristmasGAN plc
Kewadin Casino HesselGAN plc
Kewadin Casino MantisiqueGAN plc
Kewadin Casino, Hotel & Convention Center, Sault Saint MarieGAN plc
Kewadin Shores Casino, St. IgnaceGAN plc
Kings Club Casino, BrimleyN/A
Leelanau Sands Casino, Suttons BayWilliam Hill
Little River Casino & Resort, ManisteeN/A
Odawa Casino, MackinawThe Stars Group
Odawa Casino Resort, PetoskeyThe Stars Group
Ojibwa Casino, BaragaN/A
Ojibwa Casino, MarquetteN/A
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, StandishN/A
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. PleasantN/A
Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, WilliamsburgWilliam Hill
Northern Waters Casino Resort, WatersmeetPointsBet

If Michigan bettors hope to wager at a tribal casino, they’ll have to check whether the one they picked offers sports betting. Bettors have plenty of options.

In the future, when sports return and online sportsbooks launch, expect to bet on the Tigers on various sports betting apps.

3 Things Michigan Bettors Need To Know About Betting On The Detroit Tigers

Michigan’s sports betting industry had to overcome unique challenges when it went live. However, once sportsbooks reopen, Michigan bettors should keep these three things in mind when they go to bet:

  1. The Tigers will be available to bet on in most of Michigan’s casinos.
  2. MotorCity resolved its conflict-of-interest and will offer bets on the Tigers.
  3. All three commercial casinos have sportsbooks, and half of the tribal casinos do.

Michigan sports betting may be on hold, but it has a promising future ahead of it. Especially if the Michigan Gaming Control Board allows online sports betting early. Or spontaneously stumbles upon a coronavirus vaccine.

About the Author

Christopher Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a writer tucked into the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado.