Michigan Sportsbetting, Online Gambling Expected by Christmas

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A Michigan state senator said that online gambling and sportsbetting regulation bills are expected to be on Governor Gretchen Whitmer's desk by Christmas, making the midwestern state one of a growing number of spots where gambling is evolving.

HB4311 and HB4916 both cover betting, and have gone over a hurdle to get to a committee hearing next week, with votes to come from both the House and Senate. The bills could be voted on rather quickly, with Senator Curtis Hertel saying that he expects the bill on the Governor's desk by Christmastime, with her either signing them into law or vetoing the measure by the New Year.

Similar bills made it to former Governor Rick Snyder's desk last year, when he stunned state politicians by issuing a veto. His concern was that lottery sales would be cannibalized, something that Whitmer has also expressed concern for. It appears that lawmakers are working to soothe those concerns, as all lottery revenues go toward the state's school funds.

The verbiage in the bills would call for state taxes on the activities of between 8-23%, depending on whether the casino is tribal or owned by a corporation. The three casinos based in Detroit would have a 3.25% tax surcharge on top of those numbers. Licenses would cost $100,000 in licensing fees, with $50,000 due annually. It's believed that Whitmer wants to see tax rates of 40% and licensing fees of $1 million.

We're following this story and will update readers as we learn more.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.
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6 December 2019 - 7:20pm

Here's hoping! My bank locked me out of depositing to the site I was using for sports bets, so I hope to have some other cool options. I like me some parlays and props!


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13 December 2019 - 10:47am

I'm sorry to hear that slim but fingers crossed there will be a solution in very near future to that.

What's the sports and leagues you've been betting on anyway? NFL, NHL?

I guess the safest bet on the world is Lions loosing a game after they've had the lead😛😉

or Red Wings...just loosing even with a 2-3 goals handicap...easy dude..I'm just teasing you😎