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Michigan Senator announces possible online casino launch in December

Michigan casinos may soon be able to launch their sports betting and iGaming offerings, pending legislative approval on December 1.

Michigan state legislative process comes to an end

It is expected that with a possible final vote on Tuesday, of the Michigan State Legislature have approve the new law allowing state casinos to begin sports betting and online gambling, he said in Monday Republican senator Pete Lucido. The new legislation could take effect this month, nearly a year after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer i legislature signed Michigan's iGaming and sports betting bill in December 2019.

The first legal online casinos are likely to appear in 2021, If request Commission Michigan Game Control Board (MGCB) on the remaining time of the review will not be approved any time soon by Joint Committee on Agriculture. Administrative Provisions.

Since in-person sports betting at retail casinos became possible early last spring, online sports betting, poker and other games will have to wait until 24 Michigan tribal casinos, three Detroit commercial casinos i game providerssuch as FanDuel i barstoolget them licenses. The MGCB has already begun testing and licensing third-party game vendors while waiting for JCAR's decision.

FanDuel, BetMGM and DraftKings to release as soon as possible

According to the President JCAR, senator Pete Lucido, lawmakers will approve today waiver. MGCB will then begin license i will set a release date, effectively allowing casinos to disclose their iGaming platforms. Mr Lucido said he felt this could happen before the end of the year.

"Everyone wants it to start. This is something that is long overdue."

Senator Pete Lucido , President JCAR

More than a dozen casino operators, including FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings, Hollywood, Barstool i BetRivers, could potentially request a license, but it's doubtful the MGCB would be able to issue more than a few before the end of 2020. However, to ensure that all operators have a fair chance, the regulator could bring forward the start date to 2021.

Golden Nugget i PointsBet have stated in public announcements this year that they plan to release "in early 2021".

Legislation slowed by various delays

Although a second shutdown of gaming properties this fall was a possibility, attempts to speed up the Michigan online casino legislative process began in that Ummer. The bill provisionally authorising gambling operators to start up unlicensed during the pandemic will be discussed at a hearing in Wednesday.

Michigan is also trying to move forward on an interstate online poker account , allowing the state to share a pool of cash with different states including New Jersey, Delaware, Nevada nor perhaps Pennsylvania .

Over the summer, state officials announced that online gaming platforms would, at best, launch in October. However, delays due to the number of parties involved and a problem with Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding access to fingerprint databases for licensing purposes have slowed the legislative process.

Governor's order issued November 15 via Michigan Department of Health and Welfare forced the casinos to close for three weeks until 8 Decemberas the number of positive Covid-19 cases has risen sharply in recent weeks.

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