After a Supreme Court judgment overruled an old federal law that made sports betting illegal, many US states moved immediately to make it possible. Bettors no longer needed to place wagers with offshore companies or in darkened rooms where organized crime syndicates operated sportsbooks.
Among the states that legalized sports betting is Michigan. Earlier this year, the state allowed online casino and sportsbook operators to launch, making sports betting in Michigan convenient for everyone within the state’s borders. Here is a guide for Michiganders on sports betting:
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In-person betting is allowed at registered sportsbook operators. However, many bettors find it much easier to place bets online by visiting sites on their computer or downloading an MI sports betting app for their smartphones. Provided you have internet, and the sportsbook can confirm your geolocation within Michigan’s state borders, you can place bets. Online sportsbooks require users to register with them, providing some details, including your name, email address, date of birth, and cell number.
When you place bets in person, you pay the operator there and then. A similar principle applies to online sports betting. You will need to transfer money from your bank account or credit card into your casino account before you start wagering. Online sportsbook operators give users several options to complete this transaction, and some offer welcome bonuses for first-time users. Online sports betting is one of the many benefits of technology due to the convenience it provides.
Michigan has a list of approved sports for which betting is permitted. Bettors can visit the state’s gaming control board to find this list. Sportsbook operators may not offer bets on sports that do not appear on this list. However, it is pretty comprehensive and covers most sports people wager on, including football, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, and boxing.
The rise of iGaming has many people questioning whether the Michigan list of approved betting sports is complete. As things stand, betting on eSports is a gray area. It does not appear on the list, and many would argue that it does not meet the definition of a sport. However, authorities recognize that to forbid betting on eSports would be to lose out on potentially significant revenues. Operators and bettors are petitioning the state legislature to explicitly include eSports as a lawful betting sport.
Not all sports bets hinge on a win or loss. Bettors can place wagers on many aspects of a game, including the scoreline, predicting whether a team will score over or under a set number of points, or the margin of a win or loss. If people want to win, betting decisions should be strategic, based on statistics and performance history.