The Detroit Tigers lost most of the scheduled 162-game regular season to the coronavirus pandemic. Tigers fans can still cheer on their beloved team, however, in a shortened 60-game regular season for 2020. Michigan residents are also now able to bet on the Detroit Tigers after recent changes to the state’s gambling laws.
The unprecedented 2020 season began July 23 and plays through the end of October. The Tigers play 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 Detroit Tigers hold a special place in the hearts of Michiganders. Here are a few things Tigers fans should know now that games have resumed and sportsbooks reopened. Here’s how to bet on the Detroit Tigers In Michigan.
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 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 usually dominate sportsbook action among Michigan’s pro sports teams. However, the Red Wings are easily more popular than the Pistons. Hockey rivalries and intensity of the sport is a huge draw for Michigan sports fans.
The Tigers probably won’t fare much better than the Pistons in 2020 betting volume, 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 Of Michigan’s Legal Sportsbooks Offer Lines On The Tigers?
Yes. The Tigers are a professional sports team and are a staple at legal sportsbooks across the state. The normal 162-game regular-season schedule is reduced to 60 games this season, but virtually all of those games should be available to bet.
Where Can Michiganders Bet On The Tigers?
Michigan bettors can’t place any online bets just yet, but Michigan’s legal online sportsbooks could be live by the beginning of the 2021 regular season.
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 Penn National Gaming will operate its online sportsbook. MGM Grand Detroit opened its retail sportsbook and will operate its online sportsbook through BetMGM. MotorCity partnered with FanDuel for its sportsbook. All three Detroit sportsbooks will 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.
Here are the current partnerships between Michigan’s tribal casinos and sportsbook companies:
|Tribal Casinos||Partnered Sportsbooks|
|Bay Mills Resort & Casino, Brimley||DraftKings Sportsbook|
|FireKeepers Casino & Hotel, Battle Creek||Scientific Games|
|Four Winds Dowagiac||Kambi Group|
|Four Winds Hartford||Kambi Group|
|Four Winds New Buffalo||Kambi Group|
|Gun Lake Casino, Wayland||Parx Casino|
|Island Resort & Casino, Bark River||BetAmerica|
|Kewadin Casino Christmas||GAN plc|
|Kewadin Casino Hessel||GAN plc|
|Kewadin Casino Mantisique||GAN plc|
|Kewadin Casino, Hotel & Convention Center, Sault Saint Marie||GAN plc|
|Kewadin Shores Casino, St. Ignace||GAN plc|
|Kings Club Casino, Brimley||N/A|
|Leelanau Sands Casino, Suttons Bay||William Hill|
|Little River Casino & Resort, Manistee||BetRivers|
|Odawa Casino, Mackinaw||FOXBet|
|Odawa Casino Resort, Petoskey||FOXBet|
|Ojibwa Casino, Baraga||Golden Nugget|
|Ojibwa Casino, Marquette||Golden Nugget|
|Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, Standish||N/A|
|Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant||N/A|
|Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, Williamsburg||William Hill|
|Northern Waters Casino Resort, Watersmeet||PointsBet|
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.
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. With retail sportsbooks reopened, Michigan bettors should keep these three things in mind when they go to bet:
- The Tigers are available to bet on in most of Michigan’s casinos.
- MotorCity resolved its conflict-of-interest and offers bets on the Tigers.
- All three commercial casinos have sportsbooks, and half of the tribal casinos do.
Michigan sports betting 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.
FAQs – How 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. Although the regulations are still in draft form to finalize online sports betting in Michigan, retail sportsbooks launched in early 2020. This made it legal to bet on the Tigers in Michigan at these retail sportsbook locations.
Tigers fans can now bet on their favorite MLB team at 3 casinos in Detroit as well as at some tribal casinos around the state. By the end of the year, fans should be able to place their bets online at Michigan’s legal online sports betting sites.
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.
Even with the shortened MLB 2020 season, the Tigers are not a favorite to win the 2020 World Series. In August 2020, DraftKings showed the Tigers at +25000, so a long shot to say the least.