Just in time for March Madness, the first legal sports betting in Michigan will begin tomorrow, March 11th.

The big three casinos in Detroit all plan to implement their sports books soon with the first opening on Wednesday.  The tribal casinos across the state aren't required to be regulated by the state, so they will announce their own sports books once they open.

According to AP News: "Onsite sports betting at 24 tribal casinos across western and northern Michigan is not regulated by the state...  They will announce the launch of their physical sports books individually."


Michigan legalized sports betting in late 2019, but the official word as to which non-tribal casinos will have sports betting is dependent on the Michigan Gaming Control Board approval.

Currently, the only non-tribal owned casino that has announced sports betting on Wednesday, March 11th is MGM Grand in Detroit, which will begin taking bets in its new sports betting bar tomorrow starting at 1 pm.

Other casinos have plans to begin sports betting but some haven't announced a start date while others are still waiting for their approval from the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Online sports betting and gambling was also legalized but it isn't expected to be available until 2021.  Michigan lawmakers will need to review and approve a set of rules for online gambling.

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