SAMUEL BLATCHFORD

All of Michigan’s major sports teams have been active again since summer.

And while this has brought great joy to sports enthusiasts, the season for legalized sports gambling has just begun with online gaming and sports betting approval.

According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, legalizing online sports betting will give anyone over the age of 21 with an internet connection access to gambling.

Some Michigan State University students have placed online wagers since it was legal.

Zachary Reibitz is a junior from Walled Lake and is currently using the online sports betting app DraftKings. He said he mainly wagers on Ultimate Fighting Championship fights and is addicted to online sports betting.

“You’re always looking for good numbers, good lines to bet on. You can literally look at an app and automatically set a live line, ”said Reibitz

Andrew Runge, a sophomore student in Downers Grove, Illinois, is relatively new to sports betting. Runge started placing bets on FanDuel the day betting became legal.

“I’ve played a lot this week,” said Runge.

He said he found it entertaining to bet on sports. He also likes the social aspect of betting with friends to see who wins the most money.

Both Reibitz and Runge said they will use their profits on grocery shopping and takeout orders.

While some bettors may be delighted with the new opportunity, Michael Burke, the executive director of the Michigan Association for Problem Gambling, based in Portage, said that allowing online activity has a negative impact on addicts.

Burke referred to a 1996 study by the Clinton Administration that looked at casinos and gambling.

The study found that problems will double for people with predisposed gambling problems who live within 60 miles of a casino.

Burke said the effects on addiction are higher due to the constant availability of sports games.

“Imagine reducing that radius from 60 miles to 6 to 10 inches,” said Burke.

There are currently seven active tribal casino partnerships with online sports betting platforms in Michigan:

– The Indian Community of Bay Mills – Bay Mills Resort & Casinos in Brimley

– Grand Traverse Band of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians – Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos in Williamsburg

– Hannahville Indian Community – Isle Resort & Casino in Harris

– Keweenaw Bay Indian Community – Ojibwa Casino Resort in Baraga

– Little River Band of the Ottawa Indians – Little River Casino Resort in Manistee

– Sault Ste. Marie tribe of the Chippewa Indians – Kewadin Casinos in Sault Ste. Marie

– Lac Vieux Desert Band of the Chippewa Indians of the Upper Lake – Northern Water Casino Resort in Watersmeet

Three casinos in the Detroit area have partnered with various online sports betting platforms.

MGM Grand Detroit has partnered with BetMGM / Roar Digital, MotorCity Casino has partnered with FanDuel, and Greektown Casino has partnered with Penn Sports Interactive / Barstool Sportsbook.

According to the Gaming Control Board, operators will submit their monthly revenue report to the agency on February 10th and the 10th of each subsequent month.