Michigan Online Gambling

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Some forms of online gambling are legal in Michigan, but not all of them. On a local level, Michiganians can engage in off-track betting through such services as TVG and XpressBet and buy their lottery tickets and participate in Fantasy 5, Powerball, and Mega Millions draws.

Online gambling has not been mentioned yet in any Michigan laws, which is why operating such sites is not considered a good idea within state borders. However, visiting offshore-based web pages that offer gambling services is completely acceptable.

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Neighbouring States: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota (water border), Ohio, Wisconsin

History of gambling in Michigan

For much of the history of Michigan, the industry was leading the economy, and gambling, as its branch, was relatively quiet. The first popular gambling pastime in the Great Lakes State was horse racing. Records show that Michigan resident enjoyed horse races as far back as the Great Depression. Pari-mutuel pooled bets were legalized in 1933 by the Racing Act. Horse racing was joined by the Michigan lottery in 1972.

Every year, Michigan State Lottery contributes $1 million to help fund educational programs and treatments related to compulsive gambling. Also in 1972, charitable gambling was regulated, allowing bingo games, raffles, and charity game tickets to be licensed in Michigan.

Casino gambling was introduced a bit later - in 1993. It was when the State and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe signed the first compact. More compacts followed and by 1998 there were 11 of them signed. Tribal casinos are regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission, whereas there are also several commercial casinos regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The Windsor Casino in Canadian territory directly across the river in Detroit was one of the factors that shaped the casino gambling laws in the Great Lakes State.

 

Land based casinos

People from Michigan, and occasional visitors, may enjoy a variety of gambling opportunities at some of the land-based gaming facilities scattered across the country, Apart from the racetracks, around two dozen establishments provide gambling services through tables games and video gaming machines; most of them are located on Native American soil. The two racetrack facilities include Hazel Park Raceway and Northville Downs.

Up until 1996, there were only tribal casinos in Michigan. That year, the voters approved an expansion of gambling to Detroit, and the bill allowed three big casinos to be built. These venues are Greektown Casino, MotorCity Casino and the MGM Grand. The MGM Grand Detroit has 4,100 gaming machines and over 140 tables. Greektown offers over 2,500 slot machines, while MotorCity Casino on Grand River Avenue has around 2,700 slot machines on its floor.

More notable venues include Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Four Winds Casino (New Buffalo) and FireKeepers Casino. The Soaring Eagle Casino houses over 3,300 gaming machines and 60 tables. In general, Michigan casinos offer slots, video poker machines, live poker games, blackjack, house-banked poker, craps and roulette.

 

Online casinos

Michigan gamblers are free to enjoy all the popular US-facing gaming venues on the internet, such as Slots.LV Casino, Miami Club and Uptown Aces.

Slots.LV has been online since 2013, offering large welcome bonuses and reliable gameplay. The site houses over 400 games produced by Betsoft, Rival and Real Time Gaming. Slots.LV has a clean background with no scams or scandals in its record. Miami Club is another US-friendly site which has games from Real Time Gaming and WGS on offer. It holds a license in the jurisdiction of Curacao and accepts BTC and USD deposits. Uptown Aces is a sister site to Miami Club; its main supplier is RTG and there are over 150 titles on the platform which is available across all devices.

 

Regulation and legality of online gambling

For the time being, internet gambling in MI is not regulated. The current laws and regulation acts fail to specify whether these activities are legal or illegal. An unregulated in-state market allows gamblers based in Michigan to visit offshore gambling sites and wager real money at licensed online casinos hosted out of state. Online gaming options remain largely unexplored, and that’s why no one can forbid Michigan players to enjoy a carefree gambling experience at safe international online casinos. Surely, players must be cautious and not join unregulated brands.

Interestingly, online poker and other types of internet wagering were deemed illegal from 1999 to 2000. For one year, the State Bill 562 made all internet poker rooms against the law, as they couldn’t abide by existing strict regulations. A more liberal act, Public Act 185, was passed, and it repealed the section about online gambling being illegal. It’s not clear where will Michigan go from here; obviously, the state government feels more liberal than some other legislation teams in US states, as it allows some forms of internet gambling. In latest developments, an online gambling bill, H 4926, has been submitted, including such details as potential online gambling tax rates and licensing fees.

 

Fun Facts about Michigan

  • America's only floating post office is in Michigan. The ship J.W. Westcott II operates out of Detroit and is known to deliver mail to other ships while underway. J.W. Westcott II has the only floating zip code in the United States. Crews aboard vessels transiting the Detroit River have their mail delivered by the Marine Post Office on J.W. Westcott II for 125 years now.

 

  • At one point, Michigan produced as much as 75% of the world’s cars. Detroit was the known as the automotive giant and the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first air-conditioned car in 1939. The Ford Motor Company was founded in Michigan in 1893. It was Henry Ford who gave his works two days off work and marked the beginnings of a modern weekend, over three decades before the federal government mandated the forty-hour work-week.

 

  • Strange Michigan laws include: ‘cars may not be sold on Sundays’, ‘a woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission’ and ‘any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony’.
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