US – DraftKings brings sports betting to Michigan with Bay Mills Resort & CasinoBy Phil - 21 June 2022
DraftKings is partnering with Bay Mills Resort & Casino to enter into a new market access deal, subject to the receipt of all applicable licenses and approvals, that will bring the number one-rated mobile sportsbook to sports fans across the state of Michigan.
A temporary sportsbook is due to open on June 22 with a permanent venue expected in the autumn.
The DraftKings Sportsbook mobile app is currently available in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“Through a commitment to provide customers with a premier sports betting experience, DraftKings is happy to partner with Bay Mills Resort & Casino,” said Ezra Kucharz, DraftKings’ Chief Business Officer. “The Great Lakes State presents a number of gaming opportunities and we look forward to collaborating with Bay Mills to provide residents with the best-in-class experience DraftKings is known for.”
In a DraftKings-led consumer study of Michiganders who expressed interest in online sports betting, over a third had already actively placed a legal bet via mobile by traveling either to another state or internationally where permitted. Another 55 percent had never made an online wager before, demonstrating potential among casual bettors upon market entry. As sports across the United States return, DraftKings Sportsbook will provide consumers with an innovative, immersive, and entertaining gaming experience.
In addition to mobile and online sportsbook access, the partnership will also allow Michigan sports fans to place sports bets in person at a retail betting location at Bay Mills Resort & Casino. Michigan is the seventh state to announce a DraftKings-branded retail sportsbook, joining Colorado, Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. The retail sportsbook partnership is subject to adoption of applicable regulations and both parties securing necessary gaming licenses and other requisite approvals.
“We are excited about our new partnership with DraftKings,” said Bryan Newland, Tribal Chairman for the Bay Mills Indian Community. “Expanding on what entertainment options we can offer at Michigan’s longest operating gaming facility is always our goal. Our new on-site DraftKings Sportsbook will be one more great reason for Michiganders to vacation with us in the Upper Peninsula.”