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Regulated sportsbetting has officially launched in the state of Michigan as the Greektown Casino began facilitating the wagers on March 11th.
Greektown has partnered with Kambi to operate their sportsbook, and the wagers began being offered to punters within the land-based casino. At the some time, the MGM Grand Detroit also launched their sportsbook, which is being operated with GVC Holdings. The state allows for wagers on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and other sports from around the world. Right now online sportsbetting isn't available, but will be launching in the next few months.
State Representative Brandt Iden was responsible for introducing the bill that legalized the activity, and he was among those who placed the first legal bets in the state. Speaking about the launch Iden said, "This is revenue for the state, this is revenue for the city of Detroit and it's about protecting players. We saw a huge line of players and that's what it's about. Players that would otherwise use a bookie who can now place legal, safe regulated bets. This is also about protecting consumers. This is to ensure people don't have to go to their bookies anymore. People aren't going to get legs broken for not paying their bills."