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Best Michigan (MI) Online Sports Betting Apps 2021

Joey Shadeck

Are you a Michigan resident who wants to bet on the Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, or Michigan Wolverines winning their next game? If so, you will need an online sports betting account.

Using a sports betting app, also known as an online sportsbook, is required to place bets. While sports betting at brick-and-mortar casinos has been legal in Michigan since March 2020, online sports betting through a mobile app or computer is finally launching on January 22nd of 2021.

This guide will break down the best Michigan sports betting sites by comparing the total number of sports and bets offered, odds, live betting features, mobile apps, educational resources, ease of use, as well as current bonuses and promotions.

Best Online Sports Betting Apps in Michigan 2021

  • DraftKings Sportsbook – Best Overall for Beginners
  • FanDuel – Best Mobile App
  • PointsBet – Best New Bet Type
  • Barstool Sportsbook - Best for Stoolies
  • FOX Bet – Best for Poker Players
  • William Hill – Good Odds
  • BetMGM – Best for M Life Members
fetchBrokerByName("draftkings-sportsbook"); ?> DraftKings Sportsbook

Best Overall for Beginners
5stars
DraftKings is the complete package for both new and experienced sports bettors and daily fantasy sports players. While the live betting, education, and mobile app are all great, I found the unique bets and pre-game statistics DraftKings offers to be the best in the state. Read full review

fetchBrokerByName("fanduelsportsbook"); ?> FanDuel Sportsbook

Best Mobile App
5stars
Like its closest competitors, FanDuel is one of the most well-rounded sports betting options available. The high-quality live betting, bets offered, and the odds are worth emphasizing for both new and experienced bettors. FanDuel is also one of two sportsbooks available that offers daily fantasy sports. Read full review

fetchBrokerByName("pointsbet"); ?> PointsBet

Best New Bet Type
4.5stars
PointsBet brings a new style of betting to the United States, and frankly, I'm a huge fan. PointsBetting is unique and fun enough to justify opening an account with PointsBet, regardless of whether you have other sports betting accounts. While some sportsbook functions, such as live betting, can be improved, PointsBet offers good odds and an excellent palate of bets to choose from. Read full review

fetchBrokerByName("barstoolsportsbook"); ?> Barstool Sportsbook

Best for Stoolies
4stars
Barstool Sportsbook should be considered a good sports betting option in Michigan, offering a well-designed mobile app and a wide variety of sports and bets. While the sportsbook features custom bets made by popular Barstool employees, as a Barstool fan, I wanted to see more of Barstool’s personality and media content in the app. Read full review

fetchBrokerByName("foxbet"); ?> FOX Bet

Best for Poker Players, Fans of Fox Sports
4stars
FOX Bet offers bettors an endless selection of bets and quirky promotions, paired with an easy to use mobile app and desktop platform. While the company has room to improve in terms of odds offered and education, I would recommend the sportsbook to poker players and fans of Fox Sports news shows. Read full review

fetchBrokerByName("williamhill"); ?> WilliamHill

Good Odds
4stars
William Hill combines excellent odds and new customer bonus offers with an above-average mobile app. While I wish the sportsbook offered more education and ongoing promotions, there is a lot to like about William Hill. Read full review

fetchBrokerByName("betmgm"); ?> BetMGM

Good All-Around Offering
4stars
Make no mistake, despite being a casino-based brand BetMGM is all-in on sports betting. The BetMGM App provides users with a wide collection of sports and bets to wager on, in addition to a full suite of casino and poker games.Read full review

Other Michigan Sportsbooks

In addition to our top seven Michigan sports betting apps for 2021, we reviewed two others. Here's our high-level takeaways for each. To dive deeper, read our reviews.

fetchBrokerByName("betrivers"); ?> BetRivers

Good Live Betting
4stars
BetRivers has the foundation of a great sports betting site. It’s one of the premier services for live betting, has a wide variety of sports (the most of any app), and offers industry-leading promotions. Mobile bettors, however, will find the slow and clunky app a frustrating user experience. Read full review

fetchBrokerByName("goldennugget"); ?> Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget
3.5stars
Golden Nugget is a good online casino and sports betting combination. While the odds and bet variety are competitive, I found the mobile app and selection of bonuses were too focused on casino games to recommend Golden Nugget as a primary sports betting option. Read full review



Best Betting Odds in Michigan

To determine which Michigan sports betting sites offer the best odds, I recorded and analyzed data from hundreds of games for spread, moneyline, and total bets. The sportsbooks that provide the best odds for each sport are listed below. Odds are given the following rankings: best, above average, average, below average, and worst.

Feature DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet Barstool Sportsbook FOX Bet William Hill BetMGM
NFL Moneyline Best Best Average N/A Above Average Above Average Average
NFL Spread Below Average Average Above Average N/A Above Average Average Below Average
NBA Moneyline Above Average Worst Average N/A Worst Best Average
NBA Spread Below Average Average Above Average N/A Below Average Average Below Average
MLB Moneyline Average Average Worst N/A Worst Average Best
MLB Spread Average Above Average Average N/A Above Average Best Below Average
NHL Moneyline Best Worst Above Average N/A Above Average Above Average Above Average
NHL Spread Below average Above Average Above Average N/A Below Average Best Average
Soccer Moneyline Above Average Above Average Worst N/A Below Average Above Average Below Average
NCAAF Moneyline Worst Below Average Above Average N/A Best Below Average Below Average
NCAAF Spread Below Average Average Average N/A Above Average Average Below Average

Deposit Options

Here is a comparison of deposit options amongst top MI sports betting apps.

Feature DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet Barstool Sportsbook FOX Bet William Hill BetMGM
Minimum Deposit $5 $10 $5 $10 $10 $5 $10
Total Deposit Methods 8 8 4 7 7 5 8
No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card $5/$2,000 $10/Varies $5/Varies $10/N/A $10/Varies $20/$1,000 $0/Varies
PayPal Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Deposit Min/Max - PayPal $5/$2,000 $10/Varies $5/Varies $10/N/A $10/Varies $5 $10/Varies

Withdrawal Options

Here is a comparison of withdrawal options amongst top MI sports betting apps.

Feature DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet Barstool Sportsbook FOX Bet William Hill BetMGM
Minimum Withdrawal $1 - $15 None Listed None Listed $10 $10 $20 $10
Total Withdrawal Methods 4 4 2 5 5 6 6
No Withdrawal Fees - Check Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Check Payout Speed is < 10 days Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Withdrawal Min/Max - Check $5/Varies None listed $5/Varies $250/N/A $10/$8,300 N/A $0/Varies
Withdrawal Min/Max - PayPal $5/Varies None listed $5/Varies $10/N/A $10/$8,300 $20 $10/Varies


Michigan Sports Betting Timeline

Here is a short timeline of how Michigan sports betting became a reality:

  • 2018 - Representative Brandt Iden introduced bills to legalize sports betting and iGaming in Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the bills before leaving office.
  • 2019 - Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed bills H311 and S4916 into law in December 2019. The laws legalize sports betting at Michigan casinos in early 2020 and legalized online sports betting in late 2020, early 2021.
  • 2020 - In March, sports betting launched at Michigan’s three brick-and-mortar casinos located in Detroit. In December, Michigan regulators are working to bring online sports betting to the state in January of 2021.
  • 2021 - Michigan lawmakers announced that online sports betting will go live on January 22nd, 2021, right in time for the NFC/AFC championship games in the NFL.

Best Michigan Sportsbooks Summary

Below is a summary of the best online sportsbooks currently available in Michigan.

Feature DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook PointsBet Barstool Sportsbook FOX Bet William Hill BetMGM
Overall 5 4.5 4.5 4 4 4 4
Sports & Bets Offered 5 4.5 5 4.5 4.5 4 4.5
Odds 3.5 4 4.5 0 4 5 2.5
Live Betting 5 5 3.5 3.5 4 3.5 4
Mobile Betting 5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4 4 4
Education 4 4 4.5 3 2 3.5 3.5


DraftKings Sportsbook 5stars

DraftKings

DraftKings delivers the ultimate package for sports bettors, including unique contests and bet types, industry-leading pre-game statistics, excellent education for beginners, Daily Fantasy contests, and private pools with friends. This outstanding all-round experience makes DraftKings our top overall sportsbook in 2020. Read full review

Minimum deposit: $5

Who choose DraftKings Sportsbook:


  • Great for beginners. DraftKings’ noteworthy educational materials include guidance on how to bet and different bet types, as well as sport-specific guides that cover common strategies for betting success.
  • Unique bets and contests. The variety of sports and bets offered —one of the largest selections of unique bet types and contests we’ve seen — and an excellent live betting experience makes DraftKings one heck of a sportsbook.
  • Bonuses: Promotions change throughout the year, but typical ones include risk-free bets up to $1,000 for new bettors, and deposit matches, among others. Keep in mind there are typically rollover requirements attached to each bonus.

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FanDuel 5stars

FanDuel

FanDuel Sportsbook is a winner in 2021 for its easy-to-use website and mobile app, variety of prop bets, and its top-of-the-line live betting. FanDuel combines all of that with competitive odds and daily fantasy sports integration to deliver one excellent sportsbook. Read full review

Minimum deposit: $10

Why choose FanDuel Sportsbook:


  • Excellent mobile app. With its focus on usability, we found the FanDuel Sportsbook app to be one the best-designed apps overall.
  • Great for bettors. High-quality live betting, variety of bets offered, and noteworthy odds are all features new and experienced bettors will appreciate.
  • Bonuses: Promotions change throughout the year, but typically FanDuel offers a risk-free bet up to $1,000, and several other smaller seasonal offerings. Keep in mind there are typically rollover requirements attached to each bonus.

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PointsBet4.5stars

PointsBet

PointsBet brings a new style of betting to the United States, and frankly, I'm a huge fan. PointsBetting is unique and fun enough to justify opening an account with PointsBet, regardless of whether you have other sports betting accounts. While some sportsbook functions, such as live betting, can be improved, PointsBet offers good odds and an excellent palate of bets to choose from. Read full review

Minimum Deposit: $5

Why Choose PointsBet:


  • You’re interested in PointsBetting. PointsBetting takes a spread, total, or prop bet and makes it a variable bet until the end of the game. The idea is, the more correct a bettor is, the more they win, and vice versa.
    For example, let's say you bet $10 on the Dallas Cowboys (-3) against the Jacksonville Jaguars (+3). If Dallas wins 24-20, you covered the spread and won by one point. For this example, you multiply your $10 wager by one, for a total win of $10. If Dallas wins 26-20, you covered the spread and won by three points. For this example, you multiply your $10 wager by three, for a total win of $30. If Dallas loses 17-20, you lost the spread by six points (the three Jacksonville won by plus the three Dallas was favored). For this example, you multiply your $10 wager by six, for a total loss of $60.
  • Bonuses: Typically, PointsBet offers two risk-free bets up to $500 on the first fixed odds bet and PointsBetting Bet, as well as various seasonal promotions. Keep in mind there are typically rollover requirements attached to each bonus.

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What Michigan Casinos Offer in Person Sports Betting?

Residents of Michigan can bet on sports in-person at the following casinos. You can bet at any of these casinos regardless of what mobile app(s) you use and vice versa.

How do I bet online in Michigan?

  1. 1. Create an account. Every online sportsbook has an online website as well as a mobile app. To create an account on the app or website, you will need your name, address, phone number, and email address. Some sportsbooks might ask for more information such as social security number; which is normal.
  2. 2. Fund the account. Deposit money into your newly created account. In Michigan, standard banking methods include credit/debit cards, PayPal, ACH (e-check), Bank Transfers, Play+ Cards, and PayNearMe.
  3. 3. Add your bet(s) to the betslip. To do this, click on the bet that you want to place.
  4. 4. Select the wager amount. Enter the amount of money you want to wager. The bet slip will display your total wager and potential payout. Keep in mind, the potential payout includes the money that you are wagering. For example, in the screenshot below, you are betting $10 to win $8.80. Thus, the potential payout is $18.80 (total wager $10 + potential winnings $8.80).
  5. 5. Finalize the bet. Place your bet and set an alarm for game time!

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    What types of gambling are legal in Michigan?

    Michigan has a large selection of online gaming products to choose from. Here are the forms of gambling legal in Michigan:

    • Online Sports Betting - Legal (launched on January 22nd of 2021)
    • Online Horse Betting - Legal
    • Daily Fantasy Sports - Legal
    • iGaming (online slots) - Legal (expected launch - January of 2021)
    • Online Poker - Legal (launched on January 22nd of 2021)
    • Online Lottery - Legal
    • Offshore Sportsbooks - Not Legal

    Michigan Online Poker

    Michigan online poker is set to launch alongside Michigan online sports betting before the end of December. PartyPoker and PokerStars are set to accept online poker players from Michigan. Both companies have a global presence and are also operating in other U.S. states with legal poker (Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada).

    The following Michigan sportsbooks also offer online poker:

    Once Michigan joins the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association, Michigan residents will also be able to play other players in legalized poker states across the country, including Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada residents.

    Michigan Online Slots and Casino Games

    Michigan iGaming, which consists of online slot machines and casino games, is slated to launch by the end of 2020 with Michigan online sports betting. Online casino games consist of online blackjack, online roulette, online slot machines, and online video poker.

    The following sportsbooks offer a full slate of online slot machines and casino games, in addition to sports betting:

    Popular Michigan Sports Teams

    Michigan is fortunate enough to have four professional sports teams and college powerhouses such as Michigan and Michigan State. Residents of Michigan can bet on all professional and collegiate teams, which includes the following professional teams:

    What sports leagues can I bet on in Michigan?

    Almost all domestic and international leagues are available to bet on with Michigan sportsbooks:

    • Football - NFL, NCAA, CFL
    • Basketball - NBA, NCAA, WNBA, International Leagues
    • Soccer - English Premier League, MLS, International Leagues
    • Baseball - MLB + International Leagues
    • Hockey - NHL + International Leagues
    • Golf - PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, International Leagues
    • Tennis - All Major U.S. Tournaments + International Matches
    • Other Sports - UFC/MMA, Motor Sports, Boxing, Cricket, etc.

    How to Read Odds

    Odds represent the likelihood of an outcome occurring. In sports betting, each team is assigned odds that represent the likelihood of them winning the game. American odds are what you will see displayed on every U.S. sportsbook and sports betting app.

    The first thing you will notice when reading odds will be that:

    • Odds have either a plus or minus in front of them.
    • Odds are in terms of 100.

    Betting Odds are written in terms of 100 as an industry standard. The easiest way to think of the plus and minus signs is as follows: If it is a plus, you will receive more than a $100 payout on a $100 bet. If it is a minus, you will have to bet more than $100 to win a $100 payout.

    Thankfully, you can view your potential winnings on each bet before placing it at an online sportsbook. That said, it is beneficial to understand the betting odds.

    Keep in mind for both spreads and totals, if the game ends in a draw for the bet, you get your stake back but do not win or lose any additional money.


    What is a Moneyline bet?

    A moneyline bet is a wager on which team will win the game outright. Both the favorite and the underdog are given odds to win the game. View sample bet slip.

    Moneyline Odds How to Read it What it Means
    Lions +130 Lions plus 130 By betting $100 you will win $130 if the Lions win
    Packers -150 Packers minus 150 To win $100, you must wager $150 on the Packers to win

    What is a Spread bet?

    A spread bet is a wager on which team will cover the spread or point spread. Underdogs will be given additional points with the spread, while the favorite will have to win by a certain amount of points to cover the spread. View sample bet slip.

    Spread Odds How to Read it What it Means
    Lakers + 5 (-110) Lakers plus 5 points at minus 110 odds The Lakers must win the game, or lose by less than 5 for you to win your bet
    Rockets -5 (-110) Rockets minus 5 points at minus 110 odds The Rockets must win the game by more than 5 points for you to win your bet. A tie is a push, meaning you don't win or lose.

    What is an Over/Under (Total) bet?

    An over/under bet focuses on how many points are scored, regardless of who wins the game. After a total point score has been set, bettors can wager whether the game's actual score will be over or under the preset point score. View sample bet slip.

    Total Odds How to Read it
    Over 7 (-115) In order to win $100, you must bet $115 on the overall combined run score to be higher than 7
    Under 7 (-110) In order to win $100, you must wager $110 on the total combined run score to be less than 7

    More of a visual person? Here's a YouTube video covering moneyline, spread, and total bets.

    What is a Parlay bet?

    A parlay bet is a group of bets, typically spread, moneyline, or total bets, combined into one bet to increase the payout odds. Every separate bet must win to win a parlay bet. View example bet slip.


    What is a Future bet?

    A futures bet is a bet on an event that takes place in days, weeks, or months. The most common future bets are placed on what team will win the finals before the season starts. View example bet slip.

    What are Bonus Rollover Requirements?

    Rollover requirements are requirements bettors MUST fulfill before they can withdraw the bonus money. Each type of bonus has different terms and conditions, which you should examine before accepting.

    Rollover requirements for sports betting often range between 1X-10X, with some extreme requirements going all the way up to 15X. For example, let’s say you deposit $100 and receive a $50 bonus with a 5X rollover. Before you can withdraw the $50 in bonus funds, you have to wager $750 (($100 + $50)x5). Clearly, the $50 bonus is a lot harder to obtain if you don’t bet frequently.

    This table gives you an idea of how much you will have to wager before withdrawing your bonus at multiple rollover rates. We will assume each deposit made is $100.

    Bonus Percentage ($100 Deposit) Bonus Amount Bonus Withdrawal with 1X Rollover Bonus Withdrawal with 3X Rollover Bonus Withdrawal with 5X Rollover Bonus Withdrawal with 10X Rollover
    25% Deposit Match $25 (100+25)x1 = $125 (100+25)x3 = $375 (100+25)x5 = $625 (100+25)x10 = $1,250
    50% Deposit Match $50 (100+50)x1 = $150 (100+50)x3 = $450 (100+50)x5 = $750 (100+50)x10 = $1,500
    100% Deposit Match $100 (100+100)x1 = $200 (100+100)x3 = $600 (100+100)x5 = $1,000 (100+100)x10 = $2,000


    Is Sports Betting Legal in MI (Michigan)?

    Sports betting is legal in Michigan at both brick-and-mortar casinos and online. The first legal sports bet in Michigan took place in March of 2020. The first online bet is expected to be placed in January of 2021.

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed The Lawful Sports Betting Act into law in December 2019.

    How old do you have to be to bet on sports in Michigan?

    Anybody who is 21 years or older can bet on sports in Michigan. As long as you are 21 and within state lines, you do not have to be a Michigan resident to bet on sports.

    If you live in Michigan and travel to a state that does not have legal betting, you will not be able to bet. Your phone or laptop uses geo-technology to make sure you are within state lines. The only people prohibited from betting on sports include athletes, coaches, refs, and other related personnel.

    Do you have to pay taxes on sports betting in MI?

    According to the IRS, “Gambling winnings are fully taxable, and you must report the income on your tax return.” Form W-2G is used to report gambling winnings and gambling losses, which may be deduced if adequately itemized.

    For online gambling winnings, residents must send in Form W-2G when certain winning thresholds are reached. For example, if a player wins more than $600 or at least 300 times the wager amount, the form must be filled out.

    Is it legal to bet on horse racing in Michigan?

    It is legal to bet on horse racing in Michigan. Residents can bet with legal online providers such as TVG, BetAmerica, and TwinSpires. You can not bet on horses from Michigan sportsbooks, except for BetAmerica, which offers different websites for its sports betting and horse racing products. BetAmerica does not currently offer sports betting to residents of Michigan.

    Does Michigan offer an online lottery?

    Yes, the Michigan Lottery offers residents dozens of legal online slots, including instant, draw, fast cash, pull tab, keno, and second-chance games.

    Each lottery dollar is distributed as follows, and can also be seen here: 62¢ to prizes for players, 26¢ to the School Aid Fund, 9¢ to commissions for vendors and retailers, and 3¢ for the Lottery’s ongoing operations and administrative costs. In 2018, $941 million was donated to schools.

    How many casinos are there in Michigan?

    There are currently 26 casinos throughout the Great Lakes State. Believe it or not, Michigan used to be strict regarding legal gambling, evident by the fact that the first Detroit casinos didn't arrive until 1999. Today MGM, Motor City, and Greektown operate as the three Detroit-based casinos regulated by the state. There are also 23 tribal casinos throughout the state.

    Is DraftKings sportsbook legal in Michigan?

    DraftKings is a safe and legal sports betting option for residents of Michigan. DraftKings obtained its license from Bay Mills Resort & Casino.

    Is FanDuel sportsbook legal in Michigan?

    FanDuel is a safe and legal sports betting option for residents of Michigan. FanDuel obtained its license from Motorcity Casino.

    Is Bovada legal in Michigan?

    Bovada, BetOnline, and MyBookie are considered offshore sportsbooks and are illegal. These sportsbooks are not approved by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, which regulates all legal Michigan sportsbooks.

    Methodology

    For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.

    Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.

    About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.

    As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.



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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Michigan-based Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.




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