Legal Michigan Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos

Michigan's gambling laws are difficult to comprehend. Although the city of Detroit boasts a string of commercial resorts, with traditional table games legalized, it has somewhat punitive legislation surrounding the likes of dog racing and social gambling. Furthermore, the state previously voted to prohibit online gambling, before scrapping the legislation from its penal code within a matter of months.

Despite the frustrating elements of Michigan's views on gambling, it is still a billion-dollar industry for the state, raking in $1.1 billion in annual revenue.

Gambling throughout the state is now overseen by a dedicated Gaming Control Board.

Michigan Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future

At the time of writing, no legislature exists in Michigan law prohibiting the act of online gambling; especially for those who place wagers with offshore casinos and sportsbooks.

There is no watershed example of an individual being prosecuted for placing an online bet. Of course, this may change in the coming years. But, for the time being, residents of Michigan have the same freedom to bet online with offshore operators as those in many other US states.

Michigan Gambling Laws - A Brief History

  • 1933 - Michigan Congress votes to legalize pari-mutuel betting.
  • 1972 - State-owned lotteries permitted.
  • 1988 - Michigan opens the doors to its first tribal casino venue.
  • 1996 - Michigan residents vote to allow the operation of three commercial casinos in downtown Detroit.
  • 1997 - New Michigan Gaming Control Board established to enforce gaming regulations throughout the state.

What Types of Gambling are Legal in Michigan?

  • Casino Gambling – Casino gambling is legal in Michigan and they have many casinos across the state. Michigan casinos have all of the traditional games like Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, Poker, and more.
  • Sports Betting – Sports betting in Michigan is currently limited to horse racing but a sports betting bill has been proposed that will cover other sports betting as well. Follow the latest sports betting news in Michigan here.
  • Online Betting – Michigan online betting is legal as far as horse racing. There is also online betting for the Michigan lottery with ticket sales, pull tabs, as well as tickets for keno drawings and interstate lotteries.
  • Daily Fantasy – All of the major DFS sites like Fanduel and Draft Kings accept players from Michigan though the gaming board does not consider it legal.
  • Poker – There are many places to play live poker legally in Michigan including the Detroit casinos as well as reservation casinos.
  • Bingo – Charities in Michigan can run Bingo games and there is also Bingo available in Tribal casinos.
  • Lottery – The Lottery Michigan lottery runs drawings as well as instant games and interstate lottery ticket sales.