Michigan Online Casinos Could Be Made Legal In 2019

Michigan Online Casinos Could Be Made Legal In 2019

The topic of Michigan online casinos stirred up the pot right at the start of the new year, following a legislative roller coaster in the state. One of the last actions Gov. Rick Snyder took before he left office on Jan. 1, was to veto the bill that was meant to legalize online gaming. But with new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, MI online casinos has once again become a possibility. Michigan legislation and the role of the Michigan iLottery could determine the future for online casinos and even MI sports betting in 2019.

MI iLottery Commands The Online Gaming Market

The case of MI online gaming is not a matter of whether it should be legal, but of who should be allowed to profit from it. Some form of online gambling has been legal for well over four years now, since the launch of the Michigan iLottery.

Yet, it’s too soon to put Michigan in the same sentence as the other states that legalized online gambling. Since November 2014, the MI iLottery has expanded from Keno and scratch-offs to an entire selection of instant-win online games, but it currently doesn’t go beyond that point. And while casinos are restricted by law from launching online gambling operations, the Michigan Lottery isn’t.

Now it may be only a matter of time until new governor Gretchen Whitmer signs the bill to remove the MI iLottery’s monopoly on the online gaming market. Currently, the MI Lottery has over 30 different instant-win games and despite the claiming these are based on scratch-offs and pull-tab tickets, the reality is all too different. All the games are operated via a button, which instantly puts the MI Online Lottery games closer to online casino games than lottery tickets.

There might already be a precedent for the state lottery overstepping into the online casino industry. Last year, a group of PA online casinos started a lawsuit against the state lottery for launching online games, which the casinos claimed to be identical to online slots.

Michigan Sports Betting Still Awaiting Legislation

Several Michigan lawmakers have stated that drafting a bill to legalize MI sports betting will be a priority in 2019, however, judging by the pace at which online gambling is going through the legislative process, Michigan sportsbooks may have to wait awhile.

Profile Pic.
Rich Migliorisi

Rich is the Managing Editor at BonusSeeker.com. He started his career as a video editor and poker player but decided to also pursue sports writing. In 2013, Rich was nominated by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association for Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. He worked at MLB Advanced Media as a Senior Site Manager for MLB.com and NHL.com before joining BonusSeeker.

MLB, NHL, The Fantasy Fix, Video Editor, Poker Player

Latest News
Best PA Betting Sites For Super Bowl 2021

The National Football League season is here and the Keystone...

Best NJ Betting Sites For Super Bowl 2021

Two things currently trending in the sports betting world ar...

2021 Stanley Cup Predictions | NHL Futures Best Bets

Following a successful run in the Edmonton and Toronto bubbl...

Featured In
Business Insider
Yahoo! Finance
BonusSeeker.com and all content herein is intended for audiences 21 and older. BonusSeeker.com publishes news, information, and reviews about regulated online gambling operators, including, but not limited to casino, lottery, poker, and sports betting. You may see paid advertisements for online casinos, poker sites, and sportsbooks (including DraftKings, FanDuel, and others). You must be 21 years or older, and a US citizen to register at gambling sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states. The information provided on BonusSeeker.com does not constitute advice, and we reserve that there is no way improve your chances of winning in online gambling. Always gamble responsibly. If you should require any advice for gambling-related problems, please call 1-800-GAMBLER.

© Copyright 2021 - All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy - XML Sitemap. Catena Media US, Inc. 251 Little Falls Drive Wilmington, DE 19808