Sports Betting Q&A
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Is sports betting legal in Michigan?

Yes. Michigan passed legislation to allow sports betting in December 2019 and the first physical sportsbooks opened March 2020. Sportsbooks will continue to open, while online sports betting has to wait until the Michigan Gaming Control Board draws up additional regulations.

The first three sportsbooks to open in Michigan were in Detroit, but there are 23 tribal casinos throughout the state that could take part in sports betting with some already having deals.

Daily Fantasy Sports were formally legalized December 2019, but fantasy sites operated in Michigan long before that. The most notable rule in the bill is that the minimum participating age is 18, as opposed to 21 for sports betting.

Physical Sportsbooks

Greektown Casino, Detroit

Barstool Sportsbook is located near Trappers Bar and features four wagering windows along with 40 self-service kiosks throughout the casino.

Sunday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.

MGM Grand, Detroit

The Bet MGM Sports Lounge at MGM Grand has six betting windows, 14 self-service kiosks, 60 HDTVs, lounge seating and a full bar with craft cocktails and local beers. Reservations can be made through the MGM website.

Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Monday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.

MotorCity Casino, Detroit

The two-story FanDuel Sportsbook holds six betting windows, 67 HDTVs, a sports ticker, VIP area and 54 self-service IGT PlaySports betting kiosks. 

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Coming soon...

There are numerous other sportsbooks in the works as Michigan has 23 tribal casinos with most of them interested in getting into sports.

PointsBet partnered with the Lac Vieux Desert Public Enterprise and Finance Commission, which could lead to sportsbooks at a few casinos, first of them being Northern Waters Casino.

FOX Bet doesn't have firm plans to open a sportsbook, but after the deal with Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians group, they'll be in the mix for online betting.

William Hill is set to manage sportsbooks at two casinos (Turtle Creek, Leelanau Sands) after partnering with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Given the expansive list of casinos still on the market for sports betting, there are certain to be other sportsbooks coming to Michigan.

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What are some current trends in sports betting?
Betting trends usually refer to what the public is doing. You have two choices, to follow the public or fade the public.
Who benefits from sports betting?
Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.
What is a sports betting model?
A sports betting model is a system that can identify unbiased picks to determine the probability for all outcomes in a certain game.
What is a sports betting exchange?
A sports betting exchange allows bettors to bet against each other instead of through a bookmaker.
What are some tips for managing your bankroll when betting on sports?
The most important tip when betting on sports is to limit each bet to be between one and five percent of your bankroll.
Can sports betting be a career?
Yes. Sports betting can be a career if you make it your full-time job and put in the hours.
Can sports betting make you rich?
Sports betting is unlikely to make you rich unless you turn it into a full-time job and become one of the best bettors in the world.
Is sports betting a waste of money?
Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
Can sports betting be profitable?
Sports betting can be profitable, but the majority of bettors lose money, which is why sportsbooks exist.
What some simple tips for betting on sports?
A simple tip for betting on sports is to remember that only a small percentage of bettors are profitable in the long run.
What are some good sports betting tips for beginners?
A tip for beginners may be that turning a profit in sports betting is difficult and because you "know sports" doesn't mean you'll be successful.
How do you win at sports betting?
To win at sports betting, one has to put time into studying and researching various aspects of a matchup.
Why should sports betting be legal?
Sports betting should be legal because not only is it another way for fans to enjoy action, but it's also a boost to the economy.
Is sports betting rigged?
Sports betting is not rigged, but it is against your favor because of the vig.
What is the tax rate on sports betting winnings?
When PASPA was overturned in 2018, states began legalizing sports betting and introducing different taxes on revenue.
How do sports betting payouts work?
Sports betting payouts depend on which type of odds are being used.
What is a bookie in sports betting?
A bookie is someone who facilitates gambling by setting odds, accepting and placing bets, and then paying out the winnings.
What are some popular sports betting books?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular sportsbooks where sports betting is legal.
Which sports betting site is best?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.
What is a hedge in sports betting?
A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet.
What is the spread in sports betting?
The spread, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
How do sports betting spreads work?
Sports betting spreads, also referred to as lines, are used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
What does hook mean in sports betting?
The hook means a half-point in sports betting.
What is arbitrage in sports betting?
Arbitrage in sports betting is when someone places bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit.
Can you arbitrage sports betting?
Arbitrage sports betting is legal, though it's frowned upon by bookmakers.