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Michigan’s Legislature votes to legalize sports betting, online gambling

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s Legislature has voted to legalize sports betting and internet gambling.

Online gambling, sports betting in Michigan: How it’ll work

The bills approved Wednesday will expand options for gamblers in a state with three commercial casinos in Detroit and two-dozen tribal casinos elsewhere.

The legislation reflects a compromise with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after lawmakers agreed to a higher tax on i-gambling than was initially proposed.

Michigan will become the 20th state to authorize sports wagers and the fifth to allow casino-style games to be played online. Sports betting could be in place by March Madness.

MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit released this statement:

“With significant bipartisan support, the legislature has provided casinos in Michigan the opportunity to provide their customers new and exciting gaming experiences while providing revenue to support public safety, school funding and other state and local initiatives.”