A new and exciting sportsbook will enter the Michigan landscape in January 2021. The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant made their announcement. The casino plans to rename its sports bar to Ascend Sports Book & Lounge. At this juncture, there has been no technology partner for the sportsbook announced by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe that owns the casino.
The addition will only enhance the offerings that already exist in the venue including table games, bingo, slots, entertainment multiple restaurants, and bars.
The Michigan sports wagering scene is expanding rapidly. Soaring Eagle’s sister property, Saganing Eagles Landing Casino will offer sports wagering at its Creekside Lounge in Standish, MI. The Slot Place and Bingo Hall in Mount Pleasant will also be announcing a new sportsbook for their venue soon.
Overall, there are a total of 26 casinos in the state of Michigan with 23 tribal casinos and 14 casinos available with legal sports betting for players. Three casinos are in Detroit. In mid-March, MGM Grand, Greektown, and MotorCity opened their brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, just days before US major sports leagues shut down during the early stages of COVID-19. The Soaring Eagle casino is a well-known brand within the state and Michigan’s largest casino.
Chief Executive Officer, Mike Bean commented:
We will be upgrading Ascend, an already great venue, to accommodate sports betting. Changes will include more televisions, betting kiosks, a betting window, and a ticker tape. The improvements will be in phases, initially starting with kiosk betting until the betting window modifications are complete.
Along with the site changes to accommodate sports wagering, Bean said they would be announcing their sports betting technology partner in the immediate future.
All legislators in the state are wise to the overwhelming demand for online sports wagering. Sports bettors in Michigan can expect to see online gambling to be officially launched in the state soon, perhaps simultaneously in January. As a timing goal, it would be hopeful to capitalize upon both the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl wagering.
It is expected when the Michigan Gaming Control Board meets this week, there will be further updates on when online betting will potentially go live.
Involving the Soaring Eagle Casino, the tribe is planning to use its own branding for online casino gaming and sports betting in the future.
Many of the top US sports betting operators including FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings Sportsbook, Penn National’s Barstool Brand and PointsBet are all expected to also launch online sportsbooks in the state.
By state law, Michigan players must be at least 21 years old to join any one of these outlets to wager on sporting events.
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