After nearly a year of having legalized online gambling and sportsbetting, it appears the state of Michigan is nearly ready to launch the activities, allowing bettors to place wagers from their computers or mobile devices.
Retail sportsbetting launched in March, but online wagers haven't gone live just yet. The state's regulators and casino groups have been working throughout the year to formalize rules for the industry, and it now appears that the service could go live in November. Those rules have been set and will be submitted to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules, where they'll either be approved or amended. After that, they'll move onto the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, where they can be approved or denied.
Commenting on the process Michigan Gaming Control Board Director Richard Kalm said, "There will be a lot of interest considering some of the budgetary issues to get this online and start collecting the taxes, and I think there are plenty of people who would like another form of entertainment in Michigan. Although we could lose a lot of money betting on the Lions, I'm sure it would still be a good time."
We'll be sure to update readers as we learn when iGaming will launch in the Wolverine State.