Lansing, Michigan –Michigan casinos will soon witness the launch of online sports betting and gambling games in December, after state lawmakers renounce the remaining time they have to review proposed licensing measures.
The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, made up of 10 legislators, will endorse the new regulations at a meeting on Tuesday, according to the chairman, Republican Senator Pete Lucido. The move will come nearly a year after the legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer legalized online gambling and sports betting.
Sports bettors were allowed to place bets in-person at casinos starting last spring. But mobile sports betting, online poker and other online games have to wait until the three commercial casinos in Detroit, 24 tribal casinos and suppliers such as Barstool and FanDuel are granted licenses.
“Everybody wants to get this thing going,” Lucido explained. “This is something that’s long overdue at this point. It’s being done in other states. We’re losing opportunity costs,” he added.
Lucido noted that casinos in Detroit, which are closed due to state coronavirus restrictions, would benefit from being allowed to offer mobile options.
“If we hear the waiver request was approved by JCAR, we are hopeful that online gaming and sports betting can start this year,” Mary Kay Bean, spokeswoman for the Michigan Gaming Control Board, said.