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US – Michigan online operators generate $114.2m in June

By - 19 July 2021

Internet gaming operators in Michigan reported $89.2m in internet gaming gross receipts for June. Internet sports betting operators received $25m in total gross sports betting receipts and reported a total handle of $235.1m for the month.

“Michigan’s gross internet casino gaming and online sports betting wagering receipts in June roughly matched May,” said Henry Williams, Michigan Gaming Control Board executive director. “Summer is here, and Michigan is reopening after the pandemic restrictions so there are many entertainment opportunities. The slight tenth of a percent decline from May to June shows internet gaming and online sports betting continues to draw Michigan residents’ and visitors’ interest.”

Taxes and payments are based on adjusted gross receipts, which were $66.2m for internet gaming and $16.8m for internet sports betting during June. Adjusted gross receipts include deductions for the monetary value of free play incentives provided to and wagered by bettors. The operators delivered approximately $14.6m in taxes and payments to the State of Michigan including:

During June, Michigan’s largest internet casino gaming operator, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, took its first deduction for free play since launch in January. The $17.5m free play deduction contributed to a 25.7 per cent decline in internet gaming adjusted gross receipts in June compared with May results. Michigan law limits the deduction for internet casino gaming free play to 10 percent or less of gross receipts in the first three years after launch.

For internet gaming, the state receives 70 per cent of the total tax from the commercial operators and 80 per cent of the total payment from tribal operators. The tax and payment rate ranges from 20 per cent to 28 per cent based on yearly adjusted gross receipts.

For internet sports betting, commercial operators pay 70 per cent of the 8.4 per cent tax to the state and 30 percent to the city of Detroit. Tribal operators make an 8.4 per cent payment to the state on adjusted gross sports betting receipts.

The three Detroit casinos reported city wagering taxes and municipal services fees of $3.6m for which was split with $3.1m coming from online gaming and $518,269 from online sports betting taxes and fees. Tribal operators reported $1.9m of wagering payments to the tribes’ governing bodies. From the January 22 launch through June 30, aggregate internet gaming adjusted gross receipts totaled $435.6m and aggregate internet sports betting adjusted gross sports betting receipts were $40.5m.

During June, 13 operators were authorised for one or both forms of online wagering. FireKeepers Casino Hotel also conducted a soft launch with limited participation during June before the MGCB approved a full launch for Michigan’s 14th operator on July 12 etails for each operator’s internet gaming and internet sports betting results are available in tables published on the MGCB website.

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