Casinos in Detroit Will Lose More than $60 Million During Shutdowns

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Michigan is home to a large number of commercial and Native American casinos. Several of the commercial gambling venues in the state are based in Detroit. Unfortunately, new reports claim that the casinos in Detroit are likely to lose more than $60 million due to the most recent shutdowns.

It’s tough news for the casino companies based in this state. Several other states have recently implemented casino shutdowns, as well. Today, we’re going to talk about how things are going for the casinos based in the state of Michigan.

Let’s get into it!

More States Begin Considering Additional Casino Regulations

The land-based casino industry in the United States has been working extremely hard to get back on track this year. This past March, all of the casinos around the country were forced to shut down. It took months for most casinos to start operating again.

Nevada’s casino industry has been slow to recover. Monthly earnings are increasing, yet they remain far lower when compared to the same months in 2019. Many of the casinos in Las Vegas have been forced to shift their hours due to a drop in tourism.

Atlantic City has been faring slightly better. The online sports betting and casino gambling options are bringing the state valuable revenue each month. Casinos here have already been seeing small restrictions being set in place. Not long ago, Governor Murphy announced that new, more intense restrictions could be coming soon.

Many states have recently begun ordering their casinos to shut down. That includes Michigan, Colorado, and Illinois. It’s unclear when exactly the casinos in these states will be given permission to reopen again.

It now appears that several other states are interested in shutting down casinos, as well. Many health experts have been warning that these venues pose serious risks to public safety. Casino officials are pushing against this idea and claim this could have permanent effects on the industry moving forward.

We’re now starting to see how much money these shutdowns are costing companies.

Reports Claim the Casinos in Detroit Will Lose More than $60 Million Since Shutting Down

Michigan has been implementing very intense regulations over the past few months. Earlier this week, Governor Whitmer ordered all of the casinos in this state to close their doors. Many complained that this was unfair to the gambling companies operating here.

Lawmakers disagreed and felt there was no other option. Michigan has been seeing a steady increase in Covid-19 cases over the past few months. Closing casinos was seen as a way to cut down on further infection spread.

It’s now becoming clear that this will have a dramatic effect on the state’s casino industry. That’s particularly true with the casinos based in Detroit. According to new reports, the casinos in Detroit will lose more than $60 million due to the recent shutdowns.

That is a staggering figure to hear. Prior to these shutdowns, Detroit casinos were bringing in impressive revenue figures. They are now being ordered to close for three weeks, which analysts predict will cost approximately $67 million.

Sports betting became legal in Michigan this year. Unfortunately, hopes that regulated online sports betting options would become available this year are now dead. Most predict this will happen sometime in 2021.

Regulated online gambling options are helping to bring in a huge amount of revenue for different states. Several states are interested in legalizing this industry now.

The US Online Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

It’s only been a few years since the US Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA. This was one of the biggest moves for the country’s gambling industry in history. Immediately afterward, several states began allowing sports wagering.

This industry has continued to grow every single year. Today, more than half the country has approved sports betting legislation up and running. Most of these states are profiting massively, as a result.

Some states currently only allow sports wagers to be made in-person through a licensed sportsbook. Others have fully-operational online sportsbooks. Online sports betting platforms are proving to be the best option out there.

New Jersey, for example, has been seeing massive revenue earnings from its online sports betting operations lately. The sports betting handles here have been hitting all-time US records. It’s great for the casino companies here, all of whom have seen major drops in their gaming revenue this year.

Hopefully, Michigan’s sports betting industry will begin to expand soon. The casinos in Detroit are in for a tough few weeks. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation!

Do you think it was right for the casinos in Michigan to shut down? Let us know in the comments section below!

Commercial Casinos in Michigan Are Shutting Down Once Again This Week

Gretchen Whitmer

States around the country are once again implementing new regulations towards their land-based casinos. It now appears that Michigan is taking some drastic measures. New reports claim all of the commercial casinos in Michigan will be shutting down for three weeks beginning on Wednesday.

It’s tough news for the casinos in this state. Lawmakers in the state clearly feel these regulations are necessary right now. Today, we’re going to talk about which companies are being affected by this new rule.

Let’s get into it!

MGM Resorts Lost $495 Million in 2020’s Quarter Three

Casino companies around the world have been taking massive financial hits throughout 2020. Interestingly, the casino industry in the US has been performing significantly better than in many other countries. Macau, for example, has been seeing more than 90% losses in monthly revenue this year.

Each state has seen its casino revenue earnings fluctuate. Many casino destinations such as Las Vegas are improving. Gaming revenue here is still significantly lower this year than it was in 2019, though.

Casino companies are taking different approaches to boost revenue figures. MGM Resorts has opened nearly all of its properties around the country. That includes Park MGM in Las Vegas, one of the last properties on the Las Vegas Strip to open its doors.

Unfortunately, MGM Resorts is still experiencing major drops in gaming revenue. A couple of weeks ago, reports surfaced that the company saw $495 million in operating costs during 2020’s third quarter. Despite the large drop, CEO Bill Hornbuckle gave an optimistic outlook for the future of the company.

No one really knows how things will look in 2021. Tourism rates in major casino destinations are falling as cases of Covid-19 increase. Some states are even forcing their casinos to close to the public once again.

That includes Michigan. Here’s what we know about the casino shutdowns here.

Gov. Whitmer Announces Casinos in Michigan Are Shutting Down

Michigan has been seeing a steady increase in Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks. Health experts have been warning that this trend will continue unless major restrictions are implemented. State leaders are listening to that advice and have begun taking new steps to cut down on infection rates.

Over the weekend, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that all of the commercial casinos in Michigan will close to the public for three weeks beginning on Wednesday. The state has ordered most indoor retail spaces to close. Restaurants can continue offering outdoor dining for now.

“If we don’t act now, thousands more will die, and our hospitals will continue to be overwhelmed,” Whitmer said. “We can get through this together by listening to health experts once again and taking action right now to slow the spread of this deadly virus.”

This will certainly affect MGM Resorts, which operates a popular casino in Detroit. Company officials have not yet commented on this new rule. Some analysts believe other states will soon order the same regulations.

Only commercial casinos are part of this new state order. The 24 tribal casinos operating in Michigan are able to operate under their own rules and regulations. As of now, it’s unclear whether or not the casinos will decide to shut down, as well.

Things aren’t getting any easier for casinos. Some are now questioning whether or not the casino industry in Las Vegas will be forced to close their doors again.

Will the Casinos in Las Vegas Shut Down?

No city in the US has been as affected economically as Las Vegas. This is a city that relies heavily on its tourism industry. With tourism rates low, many of the businesses here continue to see large drops in revenue.

Things have been steadily improving here since the casinos were allowed to reopen in June. Unfortunately, some now fear another major shutdown could be on the horizon. Several major casino companies are working with state leaders to avoid this situation.

We’re already seeing some limited shutdowns in the city. Some of the biggest casino-resorts here have recently been forced to close their doors during the week. With the drop in visitors, it’s not economical for these properties to remain open on weekdays.

Another major shutdown like the one implemented in March has not been announced. As many analysts point out, this would be devastating for the many businesses relying on tourism and gamblers. Instead, we’re more likely to see increased safety measures and shifted hours at the major casino-resorts.

There are reasons to be optimistic, though. With an effective vaccine, things may begin slowly returning to normal next year. We’ll continue offering updates on different state casino regulations over the next couple of months.

Are you surprised to see the commercial casinos in Michigan shut down? Do you think other states will order this, as well? Let us know in the comments section below!

Michigan Eyeing To Fast-Track Online Gambling

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When Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s House Bill 4311 turned into the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, the original plan was for mobile gaming in Michigan to go live in early 2021. However, it looks like the launch will come sooner, even perhaps in late November.

Michigan online gambling looked like a longshot for 2020. There was no rush at all because sports betting was already allowed in retail shops starting last March. But when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it forced the casinos to close. With establishments and the state losing millions in revenues, authorities found the need to fast track online gaming.

Fast-Tracked

The Michigan Gaming Control Board discussed the proposed mobile gaming laws in a public hearing last week. According to executive director Richard S. Kalm, they expect to submit the final proposal to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules within the next few days. Once approved or after they are amended, they will go to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules in October.

Once the proposal reaches the legislature, they will do one of two things: pass them or go through the process of passing a law that would reject the rules. Per State Senator Curtis Hertel, it’s more likely to approve the rules as they are and once that is done internet gambling will go live. For the state, the sooner it is rolled out, the better as Michigan online gambling is expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the state.

Ready For Online Gaming

The biggest names in the industry are ready for Michigan online gambling. Gaming companies like BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel are already operating in Michigan. Barstool Sportsbook is planning to launch with Greektown Casino in 2021. More are expected to follow.

Once Michigan legalizes online betting, the state is expected to see exponential growth in that industry, just like what happened to Illinois. Online wagering is going to be a game changer in the gaming business in the state. The pandemic has made it difficult for punters to place bets at retail shops. Having the ability to do so online will change that.

PointsBet Picks Evolution to Provide Table Games

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Online bookmaker PointsBet has appointed Evolution Gaming as its partner for live casino games in its U.S. gambling market. Under the partnership, the two will work together to roll out live casino offerings to PointsBet’s online programs moving forward.

Said PointsBet in a statement:

“We are thrilled to partner with Evolution Gaming to launch Live Casino technology in US jurisdictions, where we plan to offer our proprietary online casino platform. The addition of Evolution Live Casino extends the appeal of PointsBet’s premium product in the rapidly growing US market.”

U.S Expansion

It can be recalled that PointsBet is aiming to rollout its online casino in Michigan late this year while also targeting a mid-2021 launch of online casino games in New Jersey. Evolution Gaming chief commercial officer Sebastian Johannisson said in a statement that the company will offer PointsBet a mix of its classic games, poker, and “game show” games. Per Johannnison:

“Evolution’s Live Casino portfolio offers PointsBet a rich mix of world-leading online Live Casino games including classic table games, online Poker variants that are big favourites with US players, and our new generation of award-winning, record-breaking game show games. In addition, PointsBet will have the option of exclusively branded dedicated tables and environments, should they require these.”

PointsBet has been in the U.S. market since last year as a mobile sports betting provider in the states of Indiana, Iowa, and New Jersey. Recently, it revealed plans for a massive expansion as it has deals to roll out in Michigan, Colorado, and Illinois.

Like PointsBet, Evolution Gaming has been expanding in the United States since entering the market two years ago in New Jersey. Evolution is scheduled to launch a gaming studio in Pennsylvania later this year and also has plans to launch one more in Michigan.

About PointsBet

PointsBet is one of the fastest growing sportsbooks in the United States. Originally from Australia, PointsBet launched in the U.S. in 2019. It prides itself in having one of the quickest and most user-friendly apps in the market while also providing the best experience for its users.

It is the only sportsbook in the United States to offer “PointsBetting”- a new and innovative way in making bets. PointsBet also offers the most markets on all four major North American sports leagues. It is an official gaming partner of several professional sports teams like the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, and Detroit Tigers.

Last week, PointsBet also added the NBA’s Indiana Pacers to its list of partner teams. One day after the Pacers deal, PointsBet also entered into an agreement with Twin River Management to provide online casino games in New Jersey.

Motor City Casino Officially Reopens on Wednesday!

Michigan is currently home to 27 tribal and commercial casinos. The state’s gambling venues help to bring in a huge amount of valuable revenue. New reports indicate the popular Motor City Casino will officially open to the public on Wednesday.Motor City Casino

This is one of the top casinos in the Detroit area. Analysts remain torn on whether or not this venue can bring in a large number of players right now, though. Today, we’re going to talk about how the state’s casino industry will fare over the next few months.

Let’s get into it!

Report Indicates Casinos Bring in $6.3 Billion to Michigan Annually

Over the past couple of decades, Michigan has developed a large and successful casino industry. Both tribal and commercial casinos are able to legally operate here. Most of Michigan’s casinos have been very successful over the years.

Back in March, all of the state’s casinos were forced to shut down. It was a tough blow for many local communities in this state. Casinos help to employ thousands of individuals and boost tourism. Revenue from this industry is already down considerably this year.

New reports are starting to show exactly how much money the state’s casinos bring in. New reports from the American Gaming Association have just surfaced that show casinos in Michigan bring in $6.3 every single year. It’s an incredible statistic that shows how important this industry really is for the state.

Casinos generate an estimated $1.3 billion in taxes for the state every year. Casinos here also pay out nearly $2.1 billion in wages to employees here. Lawmakers realized these gambling venues couldn’t stay closed forever and finally agreed to allow some of them to reopen this week.

On Wednesday, many of the state’s commercial casinos will finally begin accepting guests again. Much of the focus is on the casinos in and around Detroit. Analysts question how many people will be willing to visit these venues right now.

Motor City Casino is Set to Open Back Up Tomorrow

Michigan has taken its time opening back up. Unlike some states around the country, it’s been slowly phasing into new reopening plans and for the most part, rates of Covid-19 have been relatively low here. As time went on, however, more residents here began demanding that casinos be allowed to reopen.

As we just mentioned, these gambling venues employ a huge number of people throughout the state. Lawmakers finally agreed to safety measures introduced by casino companies and have given the green light for many to reopen tomorrow, August 5th. That includes the highly-popular Motor City Casino.

This property first opened in 1999 and has grown to become one of the most popular casinos in the state. When it finally reopens, things will look considerably different than they did at the start of 2020. Officials within the casino are offering a quick look at what guests here can expect.

For the foreseeable future, dealers will all be required to wear shields over their faces. Everyone in the casino will be required to wear masks. Plexiglass barriers have also been installed on table games to separate and protect players. Slots have been separated to promote social distancing, as well.

In total, this popular Detroit casino will only be allowed to take in 15% of its total capacity. That comes out to just 1,600 people.

Bruce Dall, President of the Motor City Casino, also cast aside any hopes of eating inside the casino.

“There won’t be any eating inside the casino because you have to lower your mask,” Dall said. “You have the opportunity, quite frankly, to order drinks though the slot machine. A cocktail server will bring it to you in a disposable glass, and when you’re seated at a machine, you can drink it — pull your mask down, take a sip, pull your mask back up.”

Casino gambling is a different experience right now. Perhaps things will remain like this for years to come. We’ll need to wait and see how much revenue this popular gaming venue manages to bring in over the next few months.

Can Sports Betting Help to Make Up for Lost Casino Revenue?

Even after the casinos in Michigan reopen, revenue here will likely be significantly lower than it was last year. We’re seeing significant losses in cities like Las Vegas, which allowed their casinos to open back up in early June. Some are now pointing towards Michigan’s new sports betting industry as a way to generate some much-needed gambling revenue.

Lawmakers in the state began presenting bills to legalize sports betting in 2018. By late 2019, many felt they’d finally come up with a safe plan to regulate this industry. Governor Gretchen Whitmer formally approved the “Lawful Sports Betting Act” in January and sports betting is now legal throughout the state.

Under the approved bill, both land-based and online sports betting is set to become available here. Several casinos have already opened their sportsbooks. Online sports betting platforms have not yet launched here.

Initially, the state’s regulated internet sportsbooks were expected to launch in 2021. Some now feel this process will be fast-tracked. Many experts feel it will help to bring the state more revenue at a time when it’s desperately needed.

In time, the Motor City Casino is likely to loosen its restrictions. The unfortunate truth is that no one knows how things will look six months from now. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Do you plan on visiting any casinos in Michigan? Which ones? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casino Revenue in Detroit is Down 60% This Year

Many casinos around the United States have been open for weeks. Recently, revenue reports for different states have begun to surface. News has just surfaced that shows casino revenue in Detroit has dropped by an astounding 60% so far this year.Michigan State Flag

It’s a shocking reminder of how far this industry has dropped over the past couple of months. Many fear the country’s casino industry will never look the same as it did at the start of this year. Now is the perfect time to look at how much money the casinos in Detroit have been earning in 2020.

Let’s get into it!

Michigan’s Biggest Casinos Remain Shut Down

As we just mentioned, many casinos around the United States have recently begun to reopen. For many states, it was a necessity to get this industry up and running. Places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City rely almost entirely on their gambling and tourism industries.

At the start of July, lawmakers in Michigan announced plans to reopen casinos in the state. The plan was to get Detroit’s casinos operational within a week or two. Unfortunately, we’re coming close to the end of the month and there is still no word on when exactly these gaming venues will be allowed to reopen.

Cases of Covid-19 continue to increase around the country. State leaders are now beginning to roll back on their reopening plans. Michigan seems to be halting its plan to get its casinos open to the public.

This isn’t much of a surprise. Casinos, even with intense social distancing and health measures set in place, remain easy places for this new coronavirus to spread. This is an issue plaguing all casino destinations around the country.

Casino companies in this state are taking a major hit. All have lost an incredible amount of money this year. New reports have just surfaced that show exactly how much revenue has been lost here over the past six months.

Casino Revenue in Detroit Has Fallen 60% in 2020

Michigan is home to a large and successful casino industry. The majority of gambling venues in this state are Native American-run casinos. There are only three casinos, all of which are located near Detroit, that are commercially operated.

Obviously, all the casinos here are taking a massive hit due to the events taking place around the world. The commercial casinos, in particular, have been struggling immensely. New reports are now coming out that show casino revenue in Detroit has dropped by 60% so far this year.

All three of these venues are seeing much lower revenue figures when compared to 2019. Through six months of the year, these casinos have managed to bring in $299.2 million. That’s a major drop compared to the $734.5 these casinos made last year.

This is a tough blow for the state and the city of Detroit. Casinos here help to bring in a significant amount of money via taxes. Michigan earns 8.1% of a casino’s net winnings. Detroit earns 10.9%.

Casino revenue in Detroit is likely to remain low for all of this year. Interestingly, many of the Native American casinos in the state have recently started to operate again. All of them are finding it difficult to attract players, though.

Is sports betting going to help Michigan’s gambling industry survive?

US Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

It’s clear that the US casino industry is hurting right now. Some states have allowed their land-based gaming venues to begin operating again. Revenue from the industry is still down around the country.

Interestingly, sports betting is growing more popular than ever before. More than 20 states around the country have already legalized this form of gambling. Most of them have seen their sports betting revenue increase recently.

That’s a little surprising when you consider the fact that most sports leagues have been shut down. Fortunately, many of these leagues have finally begun to resume operations. The UFC, MLS, and PGA have all begun holding events again.

Some casino destinations are now relying on their sports gambling revenue more than ever before. Over in Atlantic City, revenue from online sports betting is still increasing. Casinos here, meanwhile, are having a difficult time drawing in players.

Casino revenue in Detroit is down nearly 60% this year. Some feel that Michigan will fast-track the plans to allow online sports betting to make up for these losses. We’ll continue offering updates on the revenue earnings here over the next few months!

Do you think the casinos in Detroit should be allowed to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Detroit’s Casino Reopening Plans Include Smoking, Poker, and Buffet Bans

MGM Grand DetroitWhen Detroit’s three casinos finally reopen, it’s going to come alongside some big changes.

On Monday, the Michigan Gaming Control Board approved reopening guidelines that will require visitors to wear face masks, undergo a temperature check upon entering, and not smoke, play poker, or eat at the buffet.

Detroit casinos, per the guidelines, will also be limited to 15 percent maximum capacity initially.

Currently, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has yet to lift the coronavirus shutdown order that was put into place nearly three months ago, on March 16.

While casinos don’t have a definitive start date just yet, tribal casinos in the state have already reopened to the public.

Casinos in Las Vegas finally reopened last Thursday, but with Michigan’s heightened number of coronavirus cases and deaths as compared to Nevada and other states that have reopened, they’re taking the right precautions to make sure the state is in good condition to reopen casinos safely.

According to gaming board Executive Director Richard Kalm, CDC recommendations, Nevada Gaming Board guidelines, and data from the National Indian Gaming Commission was carefully considered in crafting the reopening guidelines.

Reopening Guidelines for MGM Grand, MotorCity and Greektown Casinos

The COVID-19 safety guidelines for commercial casinos in Detroit’s three casinos, MGM Grand, MotorCity, and Greektown, were developed in considering the initial reopening. It’s unsure yet how long these particular measures will be in effect, but let’s take a look into the specific protocols below.

Guest and Employee Casino Entry

Entry points into all three casinos will be reduced, with signage visibly seen upon entering reminding guests of the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing, proper handwashing, how to wear facial masks and to stay home if feeling sick.

A non-contact thermometer or thermal scanner device will record the internal temperature of every entrant, making sure that they are not above the temperature danger zone of 100.4 degrees. Anyone who exceeds the appropriate temperature will be denied access and directed otherwise.

Guests must be wearing a face mask that covers their nose and mouth in order to gain access into the casino. For patrons who need to be identified by security or other staff members, they may be asked to lower their masks to confirm identity.

Casino personnel stationed at entry points will receive additional training in how to properly identify guests who may be exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, and incident protocols.

Occupancy will be monitored and enforced to ensure that the maximum limit of 15 percent isn’t gone over.

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Each of Detroit’s three casinos must be in compliance with local, state, and federal COVID-19 health requirements. Recommendations are also to be strongly considered and implemented.

Employees are to receive thorough COVID-19 training, discussing symptom identification, incident protocols, and proper use and disposal of personal protective equipment.

All employees will also be required to undergo a temperature check at the start of every shift to ensure their internal temperature is below 100.4 degrees.

Signage with CDC reminders will be placed throughout back-of-house areas to remind staff on how to conduct themselves to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

All publically-available items throughout the casinos which are regularly touched and used will be sanitized frequently. Those items include ATM machines, counters, door handles, elevator panels and buttons, restrooms, chairs, light switches, phones, kiosks, clocks, etc.

As often as available, disinfectant wipes will be placed throughout the casino to allow guests to disinfect surfaces after using them.

Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented throughout the front-of-house and back-of-house areas.

Slot Machines

All casinos are to schedule frequent cleanings of slot machines. To the extent available, disinfectant wipes should be made available near slot machines so players can use them to wipe down machines before use.

Casinos are to support the CDC’s social distancing guidelines by either installing plexiglass barriers between machines, removing every other chair from certain machines, or disabling certain slot machines altogether.

Table Games

In the casinos’ initial reopening, poker rooms will not be available.

All table games will be limited to three players each, with midi-baccarat games being limited to four players each, and craps games limited to six players each.

All dealers are to wear face masks or face shields when dealing with players.

Playing cards are to be replaced at the start of every shift, with casinos developing their own plans for having chips cleaned and sanitized daily.

For every new shooter, dice must be disinfected.

Those who are not playing at the table are not to congregate table games or stand behind players.

Queuing Areas

Queuing areas throughout the casino floors but be marked with floor markers to identify proper social distancing placement when in lines or other areas.

Elevator areas are to include signage requirement that no more than four people are to use an elevator at once.

Food and Beverage Service

Casino employees are to wear face masks throughout their shift and be conscious of practicing social distancing with every guest interaction, as feasibly possible, such as in the dispensation of food and drinks.

Prohibited Activities

The following activities are prohibited in the initial reopening of the casinos: Poker rooms, smoking on the casino floor, concerts, nightclubs, and all other forms of live entertainment, valet services, coat check, buffets, self-serve soda and coffee stations.

Sportsbook

Sportsbooks are to be rearranged to support social distancing among bettors. Floor marking at to be utilized in designated line areas, high-touch surfaces like tables, seats, and kiosks, must be frequently cleaned and sanitized, and ticket writers are to either wear face masks/shields and gloves or have a plexiglass barrier installed between them and sports bettors

Current COVID-19 Trends in Michigan

As of Monday, the state has reported 64,701 known cases of COVID-19 and 5,912 related deaths.

The new daily cases of COVID-19 continue to fall throughout the state, averaging 193 new daily cases currently, compared with the average of 283 daily cases over the previous five-day period.

Daily death trend is also falling, with an average of 21 deaths over the last five days, as compared with 33 days over the previous five-day stretch.

Stay Tuned

With Detroit casinos gearing up to reopen in the near future, it’s good to see that they’ve publically released their reopening safety protocols to instill some confidence in guests anxious to return.

What do you think of the restrictions? Will you be going to visit one of Detroit’s three casinos once they reopen?

Let us know in the comments below!

MI’s Sports Betting Options Are Almost Available

Michigan’s Governor officially signed a sports betting law into place back in December of 2019. Since that time, state officials have worked to come up with specific regulations for the industry. Based on new reports, MI’s sports betting options are likely to become available next month.Michigan State Flag

It’s great news for sports fans here. Hope is that the first regulated betting options become available prior to March Madness. Today, we’ll give a quick update on the status of sports betting here.

Let’s get into it!

Michigan Lawmakers Decided to Legalize Sports Gambling

The discussion of legalized sports betting is raging around the country. Much of this is due to the fact that the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. After this decision, every state in the country was given the ability to legalize sports gambling.

As of now, 21 states have passed bills to start regulating their sports betting industries. This includes New Jersey. Since legalizing sports betting, New Jersey is now earning millions of dollars every single month through taxes from the industry.

More states have begun to realize how much money can be earned from sports gambling. Back in late 2019, Michigan’s lawmakers began a push to open this industry. By December of that year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer finally approved a sports betting bill.

There was some debate over when the first sports betting options would become available here. In January, it seemed as if things were getting delayed and internet sports betting would not become available until 2021. This week, reports surfaced that MI’s sports betting options are likely to become available soon.

It’s clear that state officials here are taking their time with this new form of gambling. They want to ensure that problem gambling does not become a major issue. Here’s what new reports about this industry are saying.

MI’s Sports Betting Options Should be Available By March Madness

Michigan is home to a huge number of passionate sports fans. Several major sports teams are based here and many have been asking when the first regulated online sportsbooks would become available here. It now appears that we have an answer.

Several politicians in the state claim that the first sportsbooks will start operating here before the start of March Madness. Richard Kalm, Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, claims these betting options will launch soon. Specific regulations for this industry are being finalized.

There’s a reason why the regulatory process is being streamlined. March Madness is known as one of the most popular sporting events to bet on in the country. Millions of dollars are wagered on the NCAA tournament.

Michigan will likely earn a huge piece of revenue from March Madness. State officials want to ensure they’re earning money from this new industry.

MI’s sports betting options are finally set to launch. Some feel that Michigan will grow to become one of the country’s true sports gambling hubs. Several casinos here are already gearing up to launch their sportsbooks.

North Michigan Casinos Prepare to Launch Sportsbooks

Michigan is home to several popular casinos. Many operators of these gambling venues are now expressing a desire to launch sports betting platforms. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians announced they’re planning to launch sportsbooks before the end of the year.

This tribal group owns two casinos in Northern Michigan. Tribal leaders claim that they’ve teamed up with William Hill to launch sports betting options in these venues before the start of the next NFL season. Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, commented on the new partnership to the media this week.

“We are pleased to have found a great partner in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and look forward to working with the Tribe to bring a leading retail and online sports betting experience to sports fans in Michigan,” he said. “Michigan will be a key state in William Hill’s U.S. expansion due to its large population and deep rooted-sports culture with so many popular college and pro sports teams.”

The Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel and Leelanau Sands Casino are both set to launch these sports betting platforms. Both land-based and online sports betting options will be available here.

MI’s sports betting options could officially launch within the next few weeks. Time will tell how successful this industry will be for the state. Stay tuned for updates!

14 Illegal Gambling Operations in Michigan Get Shut Down by State

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Outside of licensed casinos, slot machines are illegal to operate in the state of Michigan. While redemption games are legal in the state, investigators found that 14 businesses were claiming to offer redemption games when they were in fact casino-style video slot machines.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office and the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) joined forces in 2019 to issue cease-and-desist orders to businesses throughout the state that were offering illegal slot games.

Rather than potentially facing criminal charges, each business decided to close. Should the businesses have chosen to remain open, they could have faced some serious charges. Unlicensed gambling business operators could be dealt a 10-year felony charge.

Two of the 14 businesses have reopened since closing down.

“Illegal gambling can lead to money laundering and other crimes that impact the safety and security of Michigan communities,” said Richard S. Kalm, MGCB executive director, in a press release. “Legal gambling is taxed and regulated, and taxes go back into the community as funding for K-12 education. An illegal gambling operation doesn’t support the community but instead siphons funds away from it.”

Redemption Games Versus Casino-Style Slots

The biggest defining factor between casino-style slots and redemption games is that casino-style slots are based on chance, while redemption games are based on skill.

Redemption machines feature rolls of computerized cannisters that are spun. When the final row comes on the screen, players can either “nudge” it to a win or a loss. Players of skill redemption games say that the machine gives broad hints on how to nudge their final row of play.

Another big different is that redemption games don’t pay the players in cash, but instead print out tickets that the player can redeem for gift cards or merchandise.

“Whether they are a skill-based game is subject to interpretation,” said Andrea Brancato of the Michigan Lottery. “They have not officially been determined to be illegal.”

The 14 Locations Given Cease-And-Desist Orders

  • Atlantis Internet Café, 759 East St., Lapeer.
  • Bingo City, 4443 Dixie Highway, Waterford. Operation has since reopened.
  • Burton Redemption Center, 5515 Davison Road, Burton.
  • Fortunes Skilled Gaming Lounge, 1777 South Cedar St., Imlay City.
  • Jackpot Island Café, 700 S. Main St., Lapeer.
  • Jewlz Haven, 66783 Gratiot, Richmond.
  • Lucky’s 7160 Highland Road, Waterford.
  • Lucky’s Skill Game Café, 66830 Van Dyke, Washington Township.
  • Monte Carlo Café, 723 South State Road, Davison
  • Oakland County
  • Spinners 777, 43648 Schoenherr, Sterling Heights.
  • Stoney Creek Internet Café, 2040 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti.
  • The Nudgemaster Café, 3514 Plainfield Ave., Grand Rapids. Cafe reopened in January.
  • Waterford Redemption Center, 3687 Highland Road, Waterford.
  • X-Tech Internet Café, 290 South Telegraph, Pontiac.

State of Gambling in Michigan

While on-site gambling is legal and plentiful in the state of Michigan, online sports betting has currently been delayed until what lawmakers are estimating a debut date of 2021. The delay is due to the development of online rules that would adequately govern it, for the industries of online poker, online casino games, sports betting, and fantasy sports.

MGM Grand Detroit’s New President, David Tsai, Will Help Implement Sports Betting

MGM Grand Detroit in Detroit, MichiganMGM Grand Detroit announced last Friday that David Tsai has been appointment president and COO. Tsai served in the same capacity since 2018 in his most recent position at Gold Strike Casino Resort in Mississippi, which is apart of the MGM Resorts.

He was responsible for launching Gold Strike’s first sports wagering operations stats during his time with the company and will bringing his expertise to Grand Detroit.

Here’s a glimpse into some of the insight he gained through launching Mississippi’s first legalized sports betting outlet:

“We’ve created an exceptional state-of-the-art venue that brings together sports, gaming, entertainment, dining and nightlife. These continued capital investments combined with our innovative service culture and M life Rewards loyalty program make Gold Strike the region’s premier sports entertainment destination.”

Regional portfolio president for MGM Resorts International, Jorge Perez, says that Tsai is taking the reigns in Detroit at an exciting and opportune time, as legalized sports wagering has been introduced to Michigan. He believes the leadership and experienced he gained in Mississippi, being the first to market its sports betting operations, will be a great, much-needed benefit for MGM Grand Detroit and its customers.

Tsai’s 13-Year Industry Experience

Tsai first joined MGM Resorts back in 2007. He served as senior vice president of corporate strategy and analytics at CityCenter/ARIA. He then served as senior vice president and CFO for Monte Carlos in Las Vegas. One of his biggest undertakings while at Monte Carlo was preparing the property for their successful transformation to Park MGM and NoMad.

During Tsai’s time as CFO for Monte Carlo, he invested a lot of the money in bringing local desert shrubbery, trees and plants for the communal space that leads into the T-Mobile Arena, saying that a lot of time and effort was spent making sure the landscape and paving was designed to be unique and comfortable.

Shifting gears forward to his latest role, Tsai says, “MGM Grand Detroit is the casino of choice in the region because of its outstanding team and their commitment not only to customers but to the community.” He continues:

“At a time of unprecedented change and opportunity for Michigan with the passage of sports betting, I am honored to be joining MGM Grand Detroit and look forward to continuing to bring our customers exceptional entertainment offerings and service, and working with the community.”

Tsai has an MBA degree from Stanford University, where he also completed his undergraduate studies.

How MGM Grand Detroit is Preparing for Legalized Sports Betting

Back in October, MGM Grand Detroit opened up their $6 million sports bar, Moneyline, as the perfect placeholder until sports betting becomes officially legalized in the state.

As of now, it serves as a fully-functioning sports bar, complete with 60 televisions, a capacity of 280 and three sections of VIP seating. It also features couches and high-top seating, and personalized game sound. It is 21-and-older, and is smoke-free, with business hours currently from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Located off the front entrance to the casino near the hotel lobby, it’s in a prime spot to becoming a major attraction with legalized sports betting.