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  • Land Based Gambling

    Live Dealer Games
    Casino
    Regulated Since: 1997
    Gambling Age: 18
    Live Dealer Games
    Sports Betting
    Regulated Since: 2019
    Gambling Age: 21
    Live Dealer Games
    Poker
    Regulated Since: 2019
    Gambling Age: 21
    Live Dealer Games
    Bingo
    Regulated Since: 1972
    Gambling Age: 18
    Live Dealer Games
    Lottery
    Regulated Since: 1972
    Gambling Age: 18
    Live Dealer Games
    Horse Racing
    Regulated Since: 1933
    Gambling Age: 18
    Live Dealer Games
    Dog Racing

    Online Gambling

    Live Dealer Games
    Online Casino
    Regulated Since: 2019
    Gambling Age: 21
    Live Dealer Games
    Online Sports Betting
    Regulated Since: 2014
    Gambling Age: 21
    Live Dealer Games
    Online Poker
    Regulated Since: 2019
    Gambling Age: 21
    Live Dealer Games
    Online Bingo
    Regulated Since: 2014
    Gambling Age: 18
    Live Dealer Games
    eSports Betting
    Regulated Since: 2014
    Gambling Age: 21
    Live Dealer Games
    DFS

    Overview

    The State of Michigan offers a wide range of land-based casinos to its residents, many of whom have a healthy appetite for games of chance. Whether it is for real money or just raising funds for charity, Michigan provides opportunities for anyone who loves to gamble.

    With horse racing legalized in the 1930s, Michigan is well established in its gambling status with more updates and amendments made in the last decade. Despite the banning of online casinos in 2000, a further discussion has started to take place and we may well see big changes happening in the near future.

    With its two online gambling options of off-track betting and playing the Lotto, many Michigan residents have tried their hand at beating Lady Luck and won notable sums of money. Whether you enjoy online games or visiting casino establishments, there is something for everyone in this state.

    Since starting construction in the 80s, Native American casinos experienced a surge in growth as they added around two casinos every year. To date, there are over 15 casinos you can visit to legally play slots, Blackjack and Poker, while also enjoying horse racing, the lottery and sports betting in the state.

    Playing casino games for fun is a popular choice for events and birthday parties, with many suppliers registered with the Michigan Gaming Control Board who can help you to host a Millionaire Party.

    But what is a Millionaire Party?  It means "an event at which wagers are placed upon games of chance customarily associated with a gambling casino through the use of imitation money or chips that have a nominal value equal to or greater than the value of the currency for which they can be exchanged."

    Another great option to raise funds as a non-profit organization is hosting a Bingo party. Whether you offer cash or prizes, it is a great social gambling option that will ensure a fun and memorable event.

    It is refreshing to see a state that has an open-minded approach to gambling and can see the revenue potential of legalizing more options for its almost 10,000,000 residents.


    Regulation

    Michigan gambling is regulated by the Michigan Penal Code Chapter 750, sections 301 through 315a and the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act (Michigan Compiled Laws Chapter 432). To date, on-site sports betting is permitted, with online sports betting, casino games and daily fantasy sports betting expected to be legalized before the end of 2021.
    Online gaming, together with the following are currently illegal in the State of Michigan:

    ● Pool selling;
    ● Registering bets; and
    ● Gambling in stocks, bonds, grain or produce.

    The legality of online gambling seems to centre around the move to ban iGaming in 2000 however, no further move to provide clarity has happened since then. So, while online gambling isn’t exactly legal, it isn’t officially illegal either.

    According to Section 750.314 of the criminal code:
    “Any person who by playing at cards, dice, or any other game, or by betting or putting up money on cards, or by any other means or device in the nature of betting on cards, or betting of any kind, wins or obtains any sum of money or any goods, or any article of value whatever, is guilty of a misdemeanor if the money, goods, or articles so won or obtained are of the value of not more than $50.00. If the money, goods, or articles so won or obtained are of the value of more than $50.00, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00.”

    This broad definition of gambling implies that you could be prosecuted if you are caught breaking the law. While specific details aren’t confirmed, your punishment will be dictated by how much you win.

    Penalties for violating Michigan’s gambling laws vary depending on the circumstances of the case, including the defendant’s criminal history and the exact crime charged. Many gambling offences are misdemeanours punishable by imprisonment for no more than one year and a maximum fine of $1000.

    In a nutshell, as long as it benefits the state, through taxes, you are welcome to gamble in Michigan. Your winnings are taxed and those taxes are used to contribute towards education and other social projects.

    The State of Michigan requires you to report all your winnings on an annual basis to the Internal Revenue Service. These winnings, which are reported as additional income, are taxed on a sliding scale on the W-G2 form and is required when:

    ● The winnings (not reduced by the wager) are $1,200 or more from a bingo game or slot machine.
    ● The winnings (reduced by the wager) are $1,500 or more from a keno game.
    ● The winnings (reduced by the wager or buy-in) are more than $5,000 from a poker tournament.
    ● The winnings (except winnings from bingo, slot machines, keno or poker tournaments) reduced, at the option of the payer, by the wager are:
    ○ $600 or more, and
    ○ At least 300 times the amount of the wager.

    Licensing

    Michigan requires a gambling license when a person has to provide something of value, for example, money or canned goods, to enter a game of chance, such as a raffle to win a prize.

    That game of chance usually needs to be licensed by the Michigan Lottery Charitable Gaming Division.

    A license is also needed if you’d like to sell Lottery tickets through your business in the State of Michigan.

    According to the Michigan Lottery Charitable Gaming Division:

    Any person who is 18 years of age or older and a Retailer in the State of Michigan may submit an application for licensure as a lottery retailer in accordance Act 239 of the Public Acts of 1972, and requirements of the Lottery's licensing procedures, except no person may submit an application that: will be engaged primarily in the business of selling lottery tickets only, or an employee of the Michigan Lottery or resides in the same household as an employee of the Michigan Lottery.

    The Commissioner or their designee may license those persons who, in their opinion, will best serve the public interest, convenience, and public trust in the Lottery and promote the sales of Lottery tickets. Before issuing or renewing a license, the Commissioner may consider factors including, but not limited to, the following: the financial responsibility and security of the applicant and their business or activity, the accessibility of the place of business or activity to all the public, the sufficiency of existing Lottery retailers to serve the public convenience, the expected sales volume of lottery tickets, and the ability to offer a high level of customer service to lottery players.

    Your Lottery Licensing Application packet, which needs to be completed in full, should be accompanied by your non-refundable $150 application fee.

    The Lottery also conducts a background investigation on the applicants. The background investigation includes a credit history check, a tax record check, and a criminal history check. Having a criminal record that would adversely affect the integrity of the Lottery will mean that your application will most probably not be approved.

    But, if your credit history is good, and your criminal history has nothing to do with money, your application should be successful.
    To maintain your license, your business needs to meet the minimum income requirement of $500, and operate per all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

    Aside from your application fee, an annual fee of $550 is required to continue selling Lottery tickets.

    FAQ

    Is gambling legal in Michigan?

    Gambling is regulated at the state level where gambling taxes often are used to help pay for education or other essential state services. Gambling that fails to benefit the state (for example through taxes) is not legal. Michigan gambling laws allow betting on horse racing at licensed tracks.

    Are daily fantasy sports sites legal in Michigan?

    No, not yet.

    Is horse racing legal in Michigan?

    Yes.

    What horse racing tracks are still open in Michigan?

    Hazel Park and Northville Downs offer live horse racing and racebooks in Michigan. Sports Creek has been permanently shut down.

    Is poker legal in Michigan?

    Yes, you can play poker in charity poker games, at reservation casinos and a few legal poker rooms scattered around Detroit.

    What games are legal in Michigan casinos?

    Slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Pai Gow Poker, baccarat and live poker.

    Is smoking permitted in Michigan casinos?

    Yes, the casinos are exempt from the state smoking laws.

    Is online gambling legal in Michigan?

    Online betting is only permitted for off-track betting and lottery games.

    What games are sold by the Michigan Lottery over the Internet?

    Video keno, instant scratch-off tickets, and lotto drawings are sold by the Michigan Lottery on its website.

    How old do you have to be to gamble in Michigan?

    You need to be 18 or older for establishments that don’t serve alcohol. When visiting casinos where alcohol is sold, you need to be 21.

    Casinos and Gambling Facilities in Michigan

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