Michigan’s Online Casinos Start Out Strong

Published January 29, 2021

Michigan's online casino's launched to great success in their first week of live play. Find out where you can play and what kind of welcome bonuses to expect.

Last week, Michigan welcomed its first ten online casinos and sports betting sites to the state. 

Of those ten were some of the biggest names in the industry including Golden Nugget, BetMGM, FanDuel, DraftKings, and William Hill

First week’s launch a success! 

Primary reports are that the first weekend of such sites started off with a bang!

“We’re off to a strong start in Michigan,” said Richard Schwartz, president of online casino and sports betting company Rush Street Interactive Inc. “It demonstrated the interest in this category by consumers was extremely strong, and it showed there’s a huge appetite for online casino and sports betting by citizens of Michigan.” 

Rush Street Interactive runs the BetRivers.com platform which is affiliated with the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. 

Initial data from online casinos suggested that slots garnered large the most online traffic from players. Table games made up 39% of similar traffic from online players, with blackjack proving to be the most popular.

Expectations are high for online casino gaming to help generate considerable revenue for Michigan. Lawmakers are hoping to replicate the success seen in states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where the iGaming industry saw record-breaking numbers all year during 2020. This is especially critical during a time when the current COVID-19 pandemic has hit many industries hard and many states are seeing a huge loss in revenue. Projected estimates are for the online casino industry to be bringing in roughly $1 billion in gross revenue annually. 

Where can I play? 

You’ll find exciting welcome bonuses at all of the online casinos that have recently launched. 


BetMGM is offering a $25 no deposit bonus and a 100% first deposit matching bonus of up to $1,000. They also are offering a lot of limited time bonus offers to celebrate their launch in Michigan. 

Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget is also offering a 100% first-deposit welcome bonus of up to $1,000 in matching bonus funds. 


DraftKings is giving new players a no deposit bonus of $10 and a 100% first deposit match bonus of up to $1,500. 


New players that register with FanDuel will be able to opt-in to their welcome bonus which will refund them up to $200 on all net losses during the first 24 hours of playing. 

William Hill

And players that sign up to play at William Hill’s online casino will receive a welcome bonus which will refund them up to $100 on all net losses during their first 24 hours of playing. 

Understand your bonuses

We always encourage all players to fully read all terms and conditions attached to any bonus before opting into it. You should be fully aware of any time limits and wagering requirements attached to any bonus funds you receive. This will help you when it comes time to cash out your bonus winnings.