USA – It has been announced today that sports betting has been launched in Michigan; The Great Lakes State, at one of three casino resort hotels in Detroit; the MGM Grand Detroit.
Locals can now legally place a wager on a number of sporting events at the retail betting establishment; BetMGM Sports Lounge.
President & COO of MGM Grand Detroit David Tsai commented on the announcement:
“Twenty years ago, MGM Resorts bet on the great City of Detroit with an $800 million commitment to create the city’s first and only integrated luxury casino resort built from the ground up.”
Tsai expanded on the benefits of the move from a boost to the local economy to job creation:
“We’ve been able to help stimulate the local and state economy by creating thousands of jobs, making substantial infrastructure investments, and contributing over $2.8 billion in tax revenue to the City and State since opening. As the market leader in Detroit, we’re proud to be part of this groundbreaking moment for Michigan gaming and to bring a world-class sports betting and entertainment experience to our guests.”
‘BetMGM Sports Lounge features over-the-counter betting, bar top video poker machines, wall-to-wall HDTV coverage of daily games, and a full bar with signature craft cocktails and local craft beers.’
There are also a number of BetMGM betting kiosks located throughout MGM Grand Detroit.
President of Interactive Gaming for MGM Resorts Scott Butera also added his thoughts on what the launch means to his firm and how they went about making it happen:
“Michigan is home to some of the nation’s most enthusiastic sports fans. MGM Resorts and Roar Digital are excited to be opening BetMGM Sports Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit in time for college basketball’s tournament season. We worked with the most creative design talent to create a world-class sports book and lounge with amenities that will give our guests an exciting sports viewing experience.”
The launch comes just three months after the legalisation of sports betting in the state, a bill which outlined a two phase process of introducing retail betting followed by online and mobile sports betting.