There hasn’t been much movement on the proposal yet. A proposed bill would allow mobile and online wagering on pro and college sports, but it will require a referendum amending the state constitution to be approved by voters. Lawmakers emphatically rejected a bill to legalize professional and collegiate sports betting in 2019.
The much anticipated online sportsbook had a successful launch in Pennsylvania in September and recently opened its first retail one in Colorado. While the market won’t be quite as expansive as in New Jersey or Indiana (where each property can run casino games up to three online “skins” or brands), this setup opens the door to plenty of popular sportsbooks. Michigan lawmakers had been hoping to fast track the launch of online sports betting from early 2021 to a possible new start date of Fall 2020.
Missouri had several sports betting bills introduced this year but the state hasn’t taken action on them yet. The first sports bets in Mississippi were placed on August 1, 2018.
But a requirement for legislative review of the final rules is part of the process, and that isn’t expected to be complete until Dec. 15. Retail casinos began opening their doors for customers in mid-summer 2020, but at severely reduced capacity, and many other health and safety restrictions. Lawmakers are seeing the need for online casinos and sportsbooks to generate revenue and keep people home.
Now with increased urgency, the state’s focus has turned back to online sports betting. As of late November, regulators said a Christmas week launch would be the absolute earliest possibility to launch online/mobile operators, but a more realistic goal is January 2021. Regulators and operators are, for the most part, ready to go, but state law requires that the legislative branch, via JCAR, sign off on the final regulations. From there, regulators and operators would need to get final systems in place, and do some testing before going live.
The state enacted a law in 2017 that allowed for sports betting. In 2019, a bill was proposed that would have legalized sports gambling at the state’s two horse-racing tracks, its 21 tribal casinos and potentially through mobile devices. That bill did not pass during that legislative session. Following results of the 2020 election, Maryland approved sports betting. A total of five sports betting bills have been proposed in the Kansas legislature, but none currently have a hearing date set.
The first sports bets were placed in early March 2020 at a trio of Detroit casinos, MGM Grand, MotorCity Casino and Greektown Casino, but the excitement was short-lived. Retail casinos were forced to temporarily close their doors due to the COVID-19 global pandemic just a few days later. Although some casinos have re-opened, lawmakers realized that there will be hesitance for customers to make their way back into retail casinos. If there is a point spread or odds on a game, we will offer it for wagering. If it’s rescheduled for a later period, unless otherwise noted, this wager is canceled and refunded to guest. Dacey’s Sportsbook and Taphouse is Michigan’s most exciting place to wager and watch all the big games, seven days a week. Very little gambling is permitted in Vermont to begin with, but there is a suggested bill to legalize mobile sports wagering in-state.