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Michigan Invites iGaming, Sports Betting Applications

Commercial and tribal casinos in Michigan may now submit applications for online gaming and sports betting operator licenses. Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Richard Kalm (l.) hopes to see iGaming and sports betting may launch by late 2020.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board recently began accepting applications from commercial and tribal casino operators for online gaming and sports betting operator licenses. The casinos’ online technology partners also may submit vendor registration applications. Prior to final approval, each applicant must submit to an investigation of their internal controls, technical standards, lab certifications and other requirements.

MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm said the state expects to launch both online gambling and sports betting “by late 2020 or early 2021.” He urged interested operators to submit their applications soon, making it “more likely” the launches could occur in late 2020.

Michigan legislators approved online gambling and sports betting legislation last December. Retail wagering operations debuted in early March but were shut down within a few days due to Covid-19. Most tribal casinos have reopened but Detroit’s three commercial casinos remain closed.

European betting tech provider Kambi Group and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians recently signed a retail and online betting partnership.

The tribe operates three Four Winds casinos in New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford; its Indiana property is not included in the deal.

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