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Online gaming, sports betting starts Friday in Michigan

Added 01-22-21 08:23:01pm EST - “For years, Michiganders have gambled online illegally. But when sports betting and online gambling are legalized for the first time on Friday, the state will reap its tax revenue.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Online gaming, sports betting starts Friday in Michigan”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

For years, Michiganders have gambled online illegally. But when sports betting and online gambling are legalized for the first time on Friday, the state will reap its tax revenue.

“The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) and the state’s commercial and tribal casinos will begin a new era Jan. 22 with the launch of regulated online gaming and sports betting,” Richard Kalm, MGCB executive director, said in a statement.

“Michigan residents love sports and, judging by inquiries we’ve received, eagerly anticipate using mobile devices to place bets through the commercial and tribal casinos. Online gaming and sports betting will provide the casinos with new ways to engage with customers while the state and local communities will benefit from taxes and payments on wagering revenue.”

Starting at noon Friday, 10 operators and their associated platform providers are authorized to launch.

Under Michigan law, only the three Detroit casinos and the 12 federally-recognized tribes with Class III casinos in Michigan can be operators. Online platforms can pair with brick-and-mortar casinos to offer online gambling, boosting casino business that has seen revenue plummet during COVID-19.

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