Michigan doesn’t lack mobile sports betting or online casinos as 14 are live across the state. Another has its license and is working toward a launch. TwinSpires, however, is exiting the mobile betting space and will close its online casino and its mobile sportsbook, which will open up a spot for another to take over the license.
Island Resort & Casino, which is partnered with TwinSpires, will have a say in the replacement. Online casinos need to partner with a land-based casino and TwinSpires operates sports betting kiosks at Island Resort & Casino. Here’s a look at possible TwinSpires replacements in Michigan.
Who may bid to replace TwinSpires in Michigan?
Of the well-known online casino platforms not already in Michigan, Unibet seems like a logical replacement for TwinSpires. Unibet has legal mobile sportsbooks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iowa, Indiana, and Arizona. The opportunity to expand its footprint into Michigan may be an appealing option.
BallyBet is another platform that may be looking to expand, and Michigan would seem to align with its current mobile sports betting footprint. BallyBet currently operates mobile sportsbooks in Iowa, Indiana, Colorado, Arizona, and Virginia. Bally’s offers an online casino, but it is a separate website from BallyBet’s sportsbook.
Betway is another platform likely to explore entering Michigan. An international player in the sports betting space, Betway is increasing its presence in the US. Betway offers mobile sports betting in Indiana, Iowa, Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Additional Potential Suitors To Replace TwinSpires
MaximBet is an under-the-radar platform but doesn’t plan to stay that way for long. Currently, its mobile sportsbook is only live in Colorado, but launches are planned in five more states. In time, MaximBet expects to offer mobile sports betting in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey, and Louisiana.
MaximBet is working to launch its online casino platform as well and says it will be available in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The platform recently partnered with Kambi Group for sports betting and White Hat Gaming, an iGaming platform provider. MaximBet’s expansion plans in the Midwest make Michigan an alluring market.
SuperBook Sports recently launched its mobile sports betting platform in Arizona and also is live in Colorado, Nevada, and New Jersey. Fubo Sportsbook is live in Iowa and Arizona and has announced it will be in Ohio when that state begins mobile sports betting.
Neither SuperBook nor Fubo offers online casinos at the moment, but that may not lessen their interest in the Michigan market.
Tipico is another platform to keep an eye on in Michigan. Tipico’s mobile sports betting site is live in New Jersey and Colorado. Tipico will also launch in Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa, which makes Michigan a logical market as well. Tipico’s online casino is currently live in New Jersey, so it could look to replace TwinSpires on both fronts.
Circa Sports, Bet365, and SI Sportsbook are other platforms that may have expansion interests as well.
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TwinSpires Shifting Mobile Efforts To Horse Racing
While no date has been announced for when TwinSpires will end its casino and sports betting platforms, its departure creates opportunities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, Arizona, and Tennessee as well.
How those vacancies are filled is a great unknown at this point. TwinSpires offered mobile sports betting in each of its markets, and online casinos were available where permitted.
The good news is if you loved TwinSpires for its online horse racing business, you’ll still be in luck.