Sports Betting On The Detroit Tigers

Now that Michigan has legalized sports betting, there are plenty of opportunities to bet on the Detroit Tigers and the 2021 World Series.

The Detroit Tigers lost most of the scheduled 162-game regular season to the coronavirus pandemic in the 2020 MLB season. Tigers fans had to cheer on their beloved team from home in a shortened 60-game regular season for 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic prevented fans from attending the games in-person at Comerica Park.

The shortened 2020 season began July 23 and played through the end of October. The Tigers played a schedule full of their normal AL Central rivals, as well as a number of games against the NL Central. MLB put a geographically-restricted schedule in place for 2020 to limit travel as much as possible.

The Tigers finished 23-35, in last place in the AL Central. Tigers fans got the chance to wager on the team at Michigan’s retail sportsbooks for some of the shortened season, as a few tribal casinos launched legal retail sportsbooks and were open intermittently during the 2020 season.

The Detroit Tigers hold a special place in the hearts of Michiganders. As fans look forward to the 2021 season, which began on April 1 and ended on October 1. Here are a few things Tigers fans should know, including how to bet on the Detroit Tigers in Michigan. 

Detroit Tigers World Series Championship 2021 Odds

 DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookPointsBet
Detroit Tigers+10000+10000+12500

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, based on the originally-planned 162-game schedule. (For new bettors, the half-game prevents a tie and forces an over or under bet.)

All professional and amateur baseball are fair game for sports betting. 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

Where Can Michiganders Bet On The Tigers?

Michigan bettors can now place online sports bets as of late January 2021.

Betting On The Tigers At Online Sportsbooks

Online sports betting officially went live in late January 2021, giving Tigers fans plenty of time to get futures bets in on the Tigers 2021 MLB season prospects.

Michigan’s online sports betting market includes more than a dozen different sports betting brands, which more on the way.

DraftKings Sportsbook

One of the two biggest sports betting brands in the US comes to Michigan under a partnership with Bay Mills Resort & Casino. The agreement includes both an in-person and online version of DraftKings Sportsbook in Michigan.

The mobile edition of DraftKings Sportsbook Michigan allows bettors to wager on the Tigers from anywhere within Michigan borders. If other states provide any indication, DraftKings Sportsbook operates as one of the most popular online sportsbooks in the state.

FanDuel Sportsbook

MotorCity Casino Hotel already hosts a retail FanDuel Sportsbook at its Detroit casino. The partnership between the casino and FanDuel yields an online version of FanDuel Sportsbook.

The mobile sportsbook officially launched on January 22, 2021. FanDuel Sportsbook Michigan offers one of the most comprehensive betting menus for MLB action in the Wolverine State.

PointsBet

The Detroit Tigers signed on with PointsBet to form a historic deal in July 2020. Per the agreement, PointsBet now operates as the official gaming partner of the Tigers.

The deal marks the first such arrangement between an MLB franchise and sports betting brand. PointsBet launched in Michigan under the license of Northern Waters Casino Resort. Michigan bettors now enjoy access to a multitude of MLB betting options, including the trademark “PointsBetting” wagering style.

Betting On The Tigers At Detroit’s Casinos

Michigan’s three commercial casinos in Detroit each have sportsbooks that went live almost as soon as in-person sports betting did. Greektown Casino-Hotel was the first casino in Detroit to launch its sportsbook and later converted the on-property into Barstool Sportsbook. After opening, Barstool Sportsbook at Greektown Casino became the first retail sportsbook in the US for the Barstool Sportsbook brand.

MGM Grand Detroit opened its retail sportsbook, called BetMGM Sports Lounge, in March. COVID-19 restrictions forced the casino to shut down after just a few days of business for the sportsbook, but the property reopened on Aug. 7. That reopening included BetMGM Sports Lounge, which gave Tigers fans the last few weeks of the regular season to bet on the Detroit baseball team.

MotorCity partnered with FanDuel for its sportsbook, and the casino offers a FanDuel-branded retail sportsbook. All three Detroit sportsbooks accept Detroit Tigers betting.  

Betting On The Tigers At Michigan’s Tribal Casinos

A few of the state’s 23 tribal casinos also have live sports betting up and running, while others are securing partnerships at their own pace. 

For example, Four Winds launched retail sportsbooks in its three Michigan casino locations in July 2020. Other tribal properties offering retail sports betting include FireKeepers Casino, which opened the doors to its on-property venue, Dacey’s Sportsbook, in June.

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

Michigan SportsbookTribal Casino Partner
BetRiversLittle River Casino & Resort, Manistee
Caesar SportsGrand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Leelanau Sands & Turtle Creek Casinos)
PointsBetNorthern Waters Casino Resort, Watersmeet
DraftKings SportsbookBay Mills Resort & Casino, Brimley
TwinSpires (formerly BetAmerica)Island Resort & Casino, Bark River
Golden NuggetOjibwa Casinos (Baraga & Marquette)
Wynn SportsbookKewadin Casinos (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)
FOX BetOdawa Casinos (Mackinaw & Petoskey)
Four Winds Sportsbook (Pala Interactive)Four Winds Dowagiac, Hartford, New Buffalo
Parx CasinoGun Lake Casino, Wayland
FireKeepers Sportsbook (Scientific Games)FireKeepers Casino & Hotel, Battle Creek
N/AKings Club Casino, Brimley
N/ASaganing Eagles Landing Casino, Standish
N/ASoaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant

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 online sportsbooks launch, expect to bet on the Tigers on various sports betting apps.

How MLB Betting Odds Are Calculated

Like many other team sports, most baseball wagers fall into three main categories. The majority of baseball wagers are placed as runline (points spread) bets, totals (over/under), or moneyline bets.

Michigan’s legal online sportsbooks use the American odds notation to present lines and odds. Here’s a look at the main lines offered by PointsBet on Game 1 of the 2020 World Series:

 Point SpreadTotalMoneyline
Tampa Bay Rays+1.5 (-150)Over 7.5 (+100)+140
Los Angeles Dodgers-1.5 (+130)Under 7.5 (-121)-165

Suppose you wanted to place a $100 point spread bet on the Tampa Bay Rays for Game 1. To win this bet, Tampa Bay must finish the game within one or less of the Dodgers, or win the game outright. If the Dodgers win the game by two runs or more, the point spread bet on the Rays loses.

Game 1 ended with the Dodgers winning 8-3, so the point spread on the Rays was a losing bet. Your $100 wager would vanish into the hands of the house in this case.

If the score would have ended with an 8-7 Dodgers win, however, the point spread bet on Tampa Bay would win. Adding the +1.5 point spread to the Rays score puts the team’s total at 8.5 runs, covering the Dodgers eight runs.

The point spread bet pays at -150 American odds on the Rays +1.5 line. To calculate “-“ American odds, divide 100 by the odds number (without the minus sign) and multiply that quotient by the amount wagered.

A $100 winning bet at -150 odds is calculated as (100/150)*$100, which solves to $66.66. A $100 bet on the Rays at -150 would return $166.66 to the bettor if it won ($66.66 profit plus the original $100 bet).

To calculate “+” American odds, divide the odds number by 100, then multiply by the bet amount. A $100 winning wager on the Dodgers +130 line, for example, calculates as (130/100)*$100, which solves to $130. A $100 bet on +130 odds returns $230 to the bettor ($130 profit plus the original $100 bet).

What Kind Of Bets Can Be Placed On The 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.

Other ways to bet on the Tigers include totals bets, which task the bettor with choosing whether the total combined score of a game will go over or under a given line.

Parlays represent another popular way to bet, combining multiple bets on one ticket and increasing the payout odds dramatically. All bets on a parlay ticket must win for the parlay to win, however.

What Is A Futures Bet?

A futures wager allows you to bet on an event that will happen sometime later in the season. Examples of futures bets include wagering on a team’s win total for the season, the league MVP, the World Series champion, and many others.

Here’s another look at the futures betting market on the Tigers winning the 2021 World Series:

 DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookPointsBet
Detroit Tigers+10000+10000+12500

With the 2020 season in the rear-view mirror, sportsbooks look ahead to the 2021 MLB season. The Tigers are a longshot at three of Michigan’s top-rated online sportsbooks, with PointsBet providing the most favorable potential payout at +12500.

How To Place Prop Bets On The Tigers

The Tigers didn’t make it to the 2020 MLB postseason. If the team makes the 2021 playoff cut, however, you can expect sportsbooks to offer a number of prop bets on the Tigers postseason playoff series.

Examples of interesting prop bets from the 2020 World Series included wagers on whether a run would be scored in the first inning, whether the Dodgers’ Justin Turner and Mookie Betts, as well as the Rays Brandon Lowe, would each take two bases or more in a game, and many others.

Until the Tigers make a postseason appearance, however, you’re limited to prop bets on the Tigers championship hopes, win total, and other 2021 regular season prop bets.

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

How To Bet On The Tigers In Michigan

After choosing one of Michigan’s legal online sportsbooks, you’re just a few steps away from making bets on the Tigers. Here’s a look at how to go through the registration process and find betting markets for the Tigers at PointsBet:

  1. Download the PointsBet app – Apple iOS device owners can download the PointsBet app from the App Store. Android users must go directly to the PointsBet MI website to find the app because it isn’t yet listed on Google Play. PointsBet can also be enjoyed as a browser-based client.
  2. Register an account – Registration requirements include proof of age and identity, valid email, and choosing a password. The registration screen also allows you to use a promo code and opt-in for bonus offers.
  3. Make your first deposit – Once registered, you’re able to deposit using methods like ACH/eCheck, debit/credit cards, the PointsBet Mastercard, PayPal, and others.
  4. Find the MLB betting menu – On the mobile app, click on the menu bar icon at the bottom left, which brings up a menu of all available sports and featured leagues.
  5. Bet on the Tigers – You’ll find plenty of ways to bet on the Tigers by clicking on “A-Z Sports” and then navigating to the Baseball bets section.

How To Bet On The World Series In Michigan

Tigers fans eagerly await the next World Series appearance for Detroit’s storied MLB franchise. The Tigers last went to the baseball championship round in 2012.

The next time the Tigers make a run to the World Series, Michigan bettors will be able to wager on Detroit in several different ways. Whatever teams make it to the 2021 World Series, Michigan’s online sportsbooks will offer open betting on both teams with no restrictions.

World Series bets aren’t just limited to the traditional lineup of point spread, moneyline, and totals wagers. Futures betting markets include the World Series MVP, what player will hit the most home runs, and how many games the series will go before a winner is determined

Many kinds of unique single and parlay prop bets arise during the World Series as well. Game 6 of the 2020 series, for instance, offered markets on whether Los Angeles outfielder Chris Taylor would go over 0.5 hits and/or RBI. These bets could be combined into a parlay as well.

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 is providing 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?

FAQs – How To Bet On The Detroit Tigers In Michigan

Is It Legal To Bet On The Detroit Tigers In Michigan?

Yes. Governor Whitmer signed legislation in 2019 that legalized both retail sports betting and online sports betting. Retail sportsbooks launched in early 2020, and online sportsbooks launched in late January 2021.

Where Can I Bet On The Tigers In Michigan?

Tigers fans can now bet on their favorite MLB team at all three commercial casinos in Detroit as well as at several tribal casinos around the state. As of January 2021, fans can place their bets online at Michigan’s legal online sports betting sites.

What Michigan Sportsbook Offers The Best Odds On The Detroit Tigers?

Most legal sportsbooks offer similar odds for most MLB games. When choosing the right sportsbook for you, it’s best to compare the odds as well as the current bonus offers or promotions that each sportsbook offers.

What Are The Odds That The Detroit Tigers Will Win The World Series?

The Tigers are listed at +10000 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the 2021 World Series. PointBet sets the Tigers at even longer odds, putting Detroit at +12500 to win the championship.

While the Tigers are definitely an underdog, a futures wager on a Detroit World Series championship will pay off huge if the Tigers manage to make an improbable run to the championship.

Is DraftKings Sportsbook Legal In Michigan?

Yes. DraftKings Sportsbook operates in Michigan thanks to a partnership with Bay Mills Resort & Casino.

The agreement between DraftKings and the tribal casino yielded an on-property sportsbook as well as a mobile version of DraftKings Sportsbook in Michigan.

What Is The Closest Sportsbook To Comerica Park?

All three Detroit commercial casinos are within a mile of Comerica Park. This includes the MGM Grand Detroit (BetMGM Sports Lounge), Greektown Casino Hotel (Barstool Sportsbook), and MotorCity Casino Hotel (FanDuel Sportsbook).

About the Author

Christopher Gerlacher

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