Lawmakers clear way for online gambling in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan casinos are one step closer to offering online gambling and sports betting.

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted Tuesday to waive a 15-day waiting period to approve state regulations.

A spokesperson for the Michigan Gaming Control Board says it is now likely that casinos will be able to offer online betting before the end of the year.

With regulations now set, the process lies in the hands of the casinos and the Gaming Board. The MGCB says its staff will work closely with sportsbooks to make sure they have everything prepared. Casinos, along with their vendors and suppliers, now need to submit applications to get their licenses. Their platforms and games will also need to be reviewed by the Board.

Michigan has three commercial casinos: the MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown and MotorCity Casino in Detroit. The state also has 23 tribal-owned casinos.

Experts forecast online gambling will generate more than $90 million in revenue in its first year. The commercial casinos will pay an 8.4% tax on online gambling revenues: 4.62% goes to their local jurisdiction (Detroit) and 3.78% goes to the state, which is allocated to the School Aid Fund.

Currently, all three commercial casinos have sportsbooks up and running. Twenty of Michigan’s 23 tribal casinos have deals in place for sportsbooks and have either opened or are in the process of opening.

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