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US – PointsBet secures market access in Michigan for online sports betting

By - 7 January 2020

PointsBet Holdings has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, a sovereign federally recognised Indian tribe, to provide online and mobile sports wagering and gaming in the State of Michigan, contingent upon obtaining the necessary regulatory licenses.

On 20 December 2019, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation allowing both sports betting and online gaming in the State.

PointsBet and LVD will now work in tandem to offer online and mobile sports wagering and online gaming (casino) services through LVD’s online licenses.

PointsBet Group CEO Sam Swanell said: “PointsBet is pleased to have reached agreement for both online sportsbook and online casino operations with such a forward-thinking Tribe, and we look forward to many years of great success working together in Michigan”.

James Williams, Jr., Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Chairman, stated: “The Tribe is excited to join forces with PointsBet to further the Tribe’s economic development efforts and expand gaming online as allowable under Michigan and federal law. We are confident that this new opportunity will strengthen the Tribe’s self-sufficiency and self-determination efforts and provide much needed revenue to continue to expand and enhance tribal governmental services as well as provide jobs for the LVD community.”

PointsBet and LVD are also in continued exclusive negotiations regarding the operation of retail sportsbook operations at the Northern Waters Casino Resort, located on the Tribe’s reservation in Watersmeet, Michigan to complement the online offerings.

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