Michigan's sportsbetting industry could officially kick off by March 9th, giving punters time to get in bets in time for the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.
Media within the state are reporting that the Michigan Gaming Control Board is finalizing the schematics for three casino sites to offer wagers. The regulator is working to ensure that various controls are in place for licensed betting regulators. Tribal casinos are also working on their own to set up sportsbetting within the state and may even beat the three Detroit casinos to the punch in launching their books.
At first there will be only land-based books with online betting coming later this year.
Speaking about where the regulator stands, MGCB Executive Director Rick Kalm noted: "Right now the only thing they're waiting for us to approve the couple licenses still outstanding for some of their vendors and the internal control. We've been going back and forth with them making sure that the internal controls that they have in place are adequate enough to ensure the integrity of gaming and we're really close."
We're following this story and will update readers as we learn more.