On the opening weekend for legal online sports betting in Michigan, there were many bonus offer redemptions, some technical issues, and at least a few losing bets over $ 100,000.
Online sports betting officially went live on Friday with 10 different app platforms, each working with a Detroit Casino or Tribal Casino in Michigan. Shortly after launch, users reported malfunctions with MGM Grand Detroit’s BetMGM app, according to the Detroit Free Press. A representative from MGM Grand Detroit said so on Monday High user traffic resulted in technical issues on Friday that were resolved later in the day.
American Betting Experts, a New Jersey-based sports betting market analyst, reported that BetMGM users initially had trouble redeeming the app’s $ 200 specials for free bets due to the glitches. In total, a survey of 100 Michigan sports betting players by American betting experts found that 81% of those surveyed found their weekend experience “mostly positive”.
Rush Street Interactive (RSI) shared the results of its first weekend of online gaming and sports betting in the Michigan market. After its flagship brand BetRivers.com began accepting bets on January 22nd, the President of RSI said it was a momentous and memorable occasion for the company, as well as the state and its economy.
“We’re really looking forward to a good start in Michigan,” he said Richard Schwartz, President of BetIivers.com from RSI. “We are very excited to see our BetRivers.com website live in the booming Michigan market, and this first weekend has shown us that there is a huge appetite for online casino and sports betting. We believe our new customers in Michigan enjoyed the convenience of wagering on one The fun and easy-to-use BetRivers.com platform offers an exciting selection of online casino games and sporting events, securely from their mobile devices and computers. “
The NFC championship game was the most seeded event in the state of Michigan, followed by the AFC Championship Game. The NFL conference championship games accounted for 39% of all weekend deals in the state.
Although Michigan and Michigan State’s basketball programs were suspended due to COVID-19 issues, college basketball was the second most popular sport in the state’s opening weekend. The Pistons were the most seeded NBA team over the weekend, followed closely by the Phoenix Suns.
Blackjack was the most popular casino game, with table games accounting for 39% of the total casino handle. 88 Fortunes was the most popular slot game, accounting for 10% of the total slot handle. There were over 120 casino games available on the launch day. More are expected to be added on Monday.
In addition, Genius Sports Group announced Monday that the Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved the company an online license for sports betting. The license enables companies in the Genius Sports Group Betgenius and Genius Sports Media Advance the sports betting and marketing activities of licensed betting providers in Michigan’s newly legalized sports betting market.
“In the US, states are recognizing the potential of online sports betting. The advent of online sports betting in Michigan and Virginia is the latest evidence of the significant commercial and regulatory tailwinds that are driving our industry, ”he said Jack Davison, Genius Sports Commercial Director. “As more and more states provide impetus for legalization, Genius will continue to prepare to quickly obtain state licenses so that we can support our sports betting partners to gain market share from day one.”